Appetizers are small bite-size foods usually served before a meal to excite the palate. They stimulate your taste buds getting ready for the main dish. They vary in sizes and types depending on each culture and region. They are also called starters and hors d'oeuvre. But actually the term hors d’oeuvre is more appropriately pertaining to finger food while appetizer can also apply to a first course served at table. Appetizers are usually served during a cocktail hour, this will keep the guests happy and not starving if there is a long period of time before the main meal is served. The finger foods can be arranged on stationary side tables where guests hover around and choose which to put on their plate. Arranged on a tray with a large spoon or fork, each portion must be lifted from the tray and transferred to a plate easily.
They may be included as part of the main meal and served while sitting at the table. In France, the appetizers are generally light dishes such as an assortment of nuts, chips, or a vegetable tray. In Germany, they favor much heavier dishes like a bowl of barbecued sausage and pineapple chunks. In some cases like a reception and cocktail party events, they are served with no meal afterwards. Each culture or region offers unique tasty portions to stimulate one’s appetite. It could be something deliciously hot, tempting cold, oozing with dip and more. So browse below and try our appetizer and starter recipes.