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Amazing Appetizer Facts

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  • Amazing Appetizer Facts... that Appetizers or Hors d'œuvre are food items served before the main courses of a meal?

  • that if there is an extended period between when guests arrive and when the meal is served (for example during a cocktail hour), these might also serve the purpose of sustaining guests during the wait, in the same way that aperitifs are served as a drink before meals?

  • that appetizers are sometimes served with no meal afterward and this is the case with many reception and cocktail party events?

  • that appetizers may be served at the table, as a part of the sit-down meal, or they may be served before sitting at the table?

  • that appetizers prior to a meal are either stationary or passed; with stationary appetizers are also referred to as "table appetizers" and passed appetizers are also referred to as "butler-style" or "butlered" appetizers.

  • that though any food served prior to the main course is technically an appetizers, the phrase is generally limited to individual items, not crudités, cheese or fruit?

  • that a glazed fig topped with mascarpone and wrapped with prosciutto is considered an "appetizers," whereas figs on a platter are not?

  • that a more substantial starter or first course served at the table might be referred to as an entrée (outside the U.S. and English Canada)?

  • that if there is an extended period between when guests arrive and when the meal is served (for example during a cocktail hour), these might also serve the purpose of sustaining guests during the wait, in the same way that aperitifs are served as a drink before meals?

  • ... that Appetizers are sometimes served with no meal afterward and this is the case with many reception and cocktail party events?

  • that Zakuski are hors d'oeuvre served in Russian cuisines and they usually are presented buffet style, it often consists of cured meats and fishes, various pickled vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, and garlic, prepared salads, caviar, and breads. Zakuski are often offered with vodka.

  • that in China, appetizers are called lěng pán ("cold plate"), or qián cài ("before dish") in Mandarin?

  • that Zensai (before dish) is a Japanese hors d'œuvre.


 

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