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5 delicious garden-to-table recipes

By: Enrique Gili on April 28, 2011, 6:40 a.m.
flowers atop crackers

Photo: Enrique Gili

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Flower Canapes

As simple as stacking pancakes, let nature do the work in creating this elegant appetizer.

Flower Canapes


  • Several handfuls of any combination of fresh edible flowers including pansies, borage, mustard, peonies, marigolds, nasturtiums, geraniums, runner beans and fennel fronds
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • Half teaspoon dried dill
  • Half teaspoon dried chives
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 5.5 oz. package crisp bread

Time estimates

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  1. Gently rinse flowers in cool water. Check for bugs. Place on paper towels to dry.
  2. In mixing bowl combine dried herbs, cream cheese and water. Fold until well blended, about two minutes.
  3. Using a sharp knife divide crisp bread evenly into two sections, resulting in about 22 canapés squares.
  4. On larger flowers use fingers to gently separate petals from pistil and stamen.
  5. Spread teaspoon of herbed cream cheese on each cracker.
  6. Decorate canapé squares with flowers. Use rose petals as garnish (optional). Serve immediately.

Makes about 22 canapé squares.