Canapés are one-bite hors d'oeuvres that serve as an elegant way to start of a cocktail hour or party. Traditionally, a small piece of bread acts as the base and a spread and featured food are layered on top. One of our favorite (and easy-to-make) variations swaps the bread for store-bought bagel chips and tops them with fresh ricotta, chive pesto and a piece of prosciutto. It takes very little work but still gets the job done. Turn to Food & Wine's guide on canapés when you need more great, party-worthy ideas.

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Goat Cheese and Quail Egg Canapés
Winemakers Mireia Taribó and Tara Gomez served these canapés of airy whipped goat cheese and tender quail eggs on crisp crackers as a first course at a feast at their winery, Camins 2 Dreams in Santa Barbara County.
Roasted Fingerling Potato and Pressed Caviar Canapés
Rating: Unrated 3815
For this easy, impressive hors d'oeuvre, Jacques Pépin tops roasted fingerling potatoes with sour cream and slender diamonds of pressed caviar. Boiled, sliced red potatoes also work. Slideshow:  More Recipes by Jacques Pépin 
PB&J Canapés
This play on the classic sandwich by Grant Achatz features neither peanut butter nor jelly but tastes just like the familiar combination. Slideshow: Grant Achatz Recipes