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With wedding season fast approaching, the bite-size and all too often disappointing canapé is back in the spotlight. 

 

Thankfully it looks like someone noticed that we've been starving at every cocktail party we've ever attended, and the canapé is getting shafted in favour of some heartier, more substantial hors d'Oeuvres.

 

There's even a new term to describe the phenomenon: the manapé. While we're not convinced it's only men who like a decent canapé, the concept it's referring to is still bang on. 

 

"Man canapés are hearty, simple, unrefined appetisers,” chef Keith Goddard of Munch Food Company told The Telegraph.

 

“I think they’ve become associated with men as they’re not very healthy. But they’re actually enjoyed equally by men and women.”​

 

According to Goddard, the most popular manapés are mini-me versions of beloved menu staples: think sausage rolls, waffle sliders, quiche, croquettes and arancini

 

It’s no surprise that couples planning their weddings are turning to manapés instead of a traditional buffet. Heartier portions allow guests to relax and eat properly instead of having to chase after waiters, or parking themselves in a prime spot next to the kitchen so they get first dibs.

 

Not that we've ever done that.

 

We do, however, have some fabulous "manapés" ideas for your next function …

Mini yorkshire pudding canapés 

Because nothing beats a classic.

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Mini Yorkshire pudding canapes

Photo: Homemade

 

Veggie croquettes

One to impress the herbivores.

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Veggie croquettes

Photo: Homemade

 

Mini jacket potatoes

The basic jacket potato gets a revamp in miniature with exciting fillings like hot salmon and spring onion and leek, olive and chorizo.

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Mini jacket potatoes

Photo: Homemade

 

Turmeric and chickpea chips

Gluten-free guests? No worries: these turmeric-sprinkled chips from Sainsbury's magazine are just the ticket.

 

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Turmeric and chickpea chips

Photo: Sainsbury's magazine/Credit: Tara Fisher

 

Choccie popcorn

These three-bite munchies will tempt anyone with a sweet tooth.

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Choccie popcorn

Photo: Homemade

 

Courgette fritters

Ideal for summer, courgette fries are totally addictive.

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Courgette fritters

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Do you prefer dainty canapés or are you all about the "manapé?" Let us know in a comment below or tweet us @Homemade