Appetizers, Start Your Party Right
An appetizer also known as an hors-d’oeuvre from the French words: means “apart from the main work.” An appetizer is a food item served before the main courses of a meal. You should “wow” your guests with a stunning and delicious appetizers. They are typically smaller than your main dish. Appetizers are designed to be eaten by hand and at best, with minimal use of any utensils, thus the subtitle, “finger food”. Appetizers are meant to preface a meal and are a “teaser” to the meal that is coming.
When planning your next menu, do not let your first course fall to the wayside. Start your party off right with several of these great party food ideas and easy, yet tasty appetizer recipes for dips, spreads, finger foods, and appetizers.
Guests and family members can nibble on them while waiting for the main courses. Appetizers are small enough that they whet the appetite more than they satisfy hunger. They come in many types. However, they are often divided into several separate categories. These categories have some crossover because many appetizers fit into several groups.
Cocktail hour appetizers can be served with crunchy vegetables made to be dipped in your favorite sauces, such as buttermilk, peppercorn ranch, garlic parmesean, roasted red pepper and eggplant, or toasted curry. For “bowls” you can use hollowed-out slices of baguettes in pumpernickel, plain, onion or the ever popular “everything” and the bowls are meant to be eaten, too.
Canapes are small pieces of toast, bread or crackers topped with a savory combination of food. To make canapés, you should decide whether you will be using bread or crackers as a base. If using bread, you can either toast it or leave it plain. However, it is usually cut into small, bite-size pieces. The next step is to find a palatable combination of foods to place on the top of your base. Commonly used toppings are cheese and sausage, cream cheese and cucumber, deviled egg or smoked salmon. There is no limit to the food combinations you can use.
Canapes are often served during cocktail hours To encourage guests to drink more it is often thought that a canapé be either spicy or salty. Canapé may also be called “finger foods,” although not all finger foods are canapés. Crackers, small slices of bread, small pieces of toast or puff pastry, cut into various shapes, serve as the base for savory toppings of savory foods as caviar, meats, cheeses, fish, Foie gras, purées or relishes
Almost always, canapés are built on stale white bread or crackers, cut into thin slices and shaped with a cutter or knife. The shapes might include circles, rings, squares, strips or triangles. The pieces of bread are sometimes prepared by deep frying, sautéing, and toasting. The canapes are highly decorative when garnished properly.
There is an entire category of appetizers that uses vegetables as a base for other foods. Vegetables can be thickly sliced to form a base, or stuffed with fillings. For example, cucumbers can be sliced and then spread with cream cheese and topped with a piece of tomato. Another idea is to fill a pea pod with a tuna or egg filling. These kinds of finger foods are very appealing.Vegetable appetizers are a must for any get-together, whether it be a backyard barbecue, casual game night, elegant cocktail party, or holiday get-together. Vegetarian appetizers are usually quick and easy to prepare. Can be prepared the day before, and giving you less time in the kitchen and more time to entertain your guests.
Grape tomatoes and mozarella cheese topped with a splash of balsamic oil, or mashed avocado and tomatoes and make a delicious and colorful topping for crostini. Try roasting the tomatoes for an extra-special touch.
Hot appetizers are items, such as mini quiches, bruschetta, and puff pastry envelopes, stuffed with savory fillings. These appetizers are best when served warm. Other examples of hot appetizers are small kebabs, warm fritters and pieces of sausage. What is the best way to get a party started? Bring out the hot appetizers! Go all the way for a big game with bacon-wrapped tater tots or incredible chicken wing recipes. You can go elegant with assorted dips and nut crusted cheese balls.
Dips and Spreads
You can prepare dips and spreads ahead of time and serve them either hot or cold. The very popular salsa falls into this category. Salsa is a tomato-based sauce or dip. The Spanish term for sauce, and throughout English-speaking countries, salsa usually refers to the sauces typical of Mexican cuisine.
Salsa often has components such as onions, chilies, beans, corn, and various spices. They are typically piquant, ranging from mild to extremely hot. They are usually paired with a variety of raw vegetables, bread pieces, crackers or corn chips. The vegetables or other foods can be dunked into the dip and then eaten. A winning dip or spreads recipe will score big at any gathering.
Traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, peperoncini, mushrooms, anchovies, artichoke hearts, various cheeses (such as provolone or mozzarella), pickled meats, and vegetables in oil or vinegar.Traditional antipasto includes olives, cured meats, peperoncini, mushrooms, anchovies, artichoke hearts, cheeses (such as mozzarella, cheddar or provolone), meats, and vegetables in oil or vinegar. The meats are sometimes pickled by soaking in salted brine for several days or even for a long as a week. Pickling meats are one of the oldest and most used preservation methods, and it is not difficult to do. With ham or corned beef, the pickling process is same: Soak the beef or pork in brine for a week or so, depending on the size of the meat. The salt in solution replaces much of the meat juices. These meats are usually served cold in an antipasto