Rosemary Spears

A quick, easy and classy canapé platter that’s sure to impress your guests. Full of flavour and packs a visual punch too!

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Rosemary Spears with tomatoes, olives and mozzarella balls
Rosemary Spears

Rosemary Spears

These are Rosemary Spears and they make a wonderful party attraction and always evoke endless admiration in the seeing and the eating! Essentially, we use rosemary sprigs as toothpicks and spear some cheese, olives, marinated tomatoes, basil leaves, the permutation is endless. Take a look at what I’ve used below and use your imagination too!

If you find the rosemary sprigs too fiddly, you can always swap them with toothpicks. I generally go with 2 – 3 items per sprig but again, do what you please, depending on the size of your ingredients.

rosemary spears
Marinated Anchovies, tomatoes and artichoke

Flavours for Rosemary Spears

However, do think about the flavours as well as looks when you are deciding on what to go for: complementary, most certainly but contrast is just as important. My favourite combination and these complement and contrast, are creamy cheese and spicy and tangy jalapeños in vinegar – unbeatable!

The cheese. Any firm or semi firm cheese that you like will do, whether it’s cheddar, mozzarella, feta, paneer, as long as they are cubed or in small enough pieces as in the pictures. Marinated cheese makes a great choice, recipe here. I also love boursin for this, mini boursin of course.

The olives. Marinated is best, recipe here but good shop bought is fine.

Tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes and marinated sundried tomatoes work wonders follow the recipe for the cheese and olives here or good shop bought.

rosemary spears

Something tangy. Always adds so much to the flavour profile, the pickled jalapeños as mentioned and boquerones or marinated anchovies are superb too. Homemade or shop bought.

Vegetarians – easily done, just lose the protein and even the cheese if you’re vegan.

I am not giving you specific amounts here, but as a rough guide, 5 – 6 “sticks” per diner is a good start.

Shall we get started?

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Lin xx

Rosemary Spears

A quick, easy and classy canapé platter that's sure to impress your guests. Full of flavour and packs a visual punch too!
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Course: Appetiser
Cuisine: International
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 (2 spears per person)
Calories: 59kcal
Author: Azlin Bloor


  • 12 rosemary sprigs
  • marinated cheese cubes or mozzarella balls as needed
  • marinated sun dried tomatoes cut to match the cheese in size, if large
  • cherry tomatoes halved
  • olives pitted
  • jalapeños in vinegar
  • marinated anchovies


  • Each single rosemary twig ought to give you 2 mini spears, about 3 inches tall, give or take.
  • Strip the leaves off the “spear” end, giving you about an inch of clear sprig where the cheese and stuff are going on. Snipping the end ever so slightly at an angle to sharpen it will make it easier to push through later.
  • Get all your ingredients assembled, including some kitchen paper to wipe your hands with in between.
  • All you do is spear each ingredient through the woody end of the rosemary, 2-3 of them, as mentioned.


Choose older rosemary twigs, new growth tends to be softer.


Serving: 2spears | Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  3. Hamilton Courtney

    Lin! These are so beautiful, so very elegant.

    They are really appetising, I need a whole plate of them to scoff infront of the tv, and then to serve at one of my dinner parties!

    All the best, take care 🙂 xx

  4. I’m not sure I’ve ever contemplated the differences between the different types of small bites, but love the simplicity of this recipe. Appetizers are always my favorite part of a meal.

  5. These look really tasty. Definately more interesting than the 1970s little cubes of pineapple, cheese and cocktail onion combinations threaded on toothpicks then stuck into a grapefruit with glace
    cherries stuck ontop….Do you remember those?

    I love amuse bouche too. For a couple of our work’s Christmas dinners the entire meal was amuse bouche. That was a bit tough going on the feet for 5 hours though. The food was lovely, but I wouldn’t go through that again unless I can sit down.

  6. Being a typical Malaysian, I don’t remember if I have tasted these finger food. I am loving the way you have prepared them beautifully.

    I should be able to find the ingredients over here and my rosemary plant is growing beautifully. Will need to try out when I have guess over.

  7. These are so cute! I love the rosemary sprigs as the toothpick, add flavour and colour and it just looks so much nicer.
    I hardly ever do canapes etc, my extended family wouldn’t know what to do with them! They want food and LOTS of it!


  8. I love these beautiful 1-biter! You present it nicely and so fancy. 😉 The flavor combination is wonderful too. Thanks for sharing. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend so far. I’ll be back for more yummy treats.

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