Appetizer party food items include food items or drinks that are taken before a meal or the main course to enhance the appetite. They include a variety of snacks that are best accompanied with mocktails, cocktails, and plain drinks.
Traditional Appetizer Recipes
Traditional Appetizer food, most popular items are seasoned eggs and egg-based dishes, salads, vegetables, truffles, mushrooms, cheese with herbs, sausages, olives and more substantial dishes like salads, cooked vegetables etc. Oysters, cured meats such as prosciutto, salami and tongue, or seafood such as anchovies, sardines, caviar, etc. may also be served as appetizers. In Indian cuisine traditional appetizer food items are Pakoras and Samosas. These items can be cooked in several variations like vegetable, chicken or fish. Other traditional appetizers are assortment of nuts, chips, or deep fried vegetables. Strudel stuffed with beef and onions, or a bowl of barbecued sausage can also be served during the Appetizer party. In drinks the juices, shakes and beer etc. are common.
Appetizers were originally introduced by the Athenians as a buffet in the early third century B.C.
Significance of Appetizer Dishes
Appetizers party dishes usually cook faster than the main course. They can keep the guests busy while waiting for main course and keep them away from getting impatient if they are too hungry. Serving a good variety of appetizers is one way to please everybody.
Modern Appetizer Recipes and Variations
The modern appetizers are typically light and healthy dishes. One can serve salads of tomatoes, cucumbers, chunks of lettuce and peppers with salad dressing. Cherry tomatoes, basil leaves and mozzarella balls can be combined and drizzled with olive oil. The cheese and bacon appetizer are also served that are made of crescent rolls, shredded cheese, egg, bacon, and other seasonings.
The guests can be entertained with a more creative approach with simple and interesting party appetizers .Garlic breads, smoked ham and bread, figs and ham, stuffed mushrooms and stuffed potatoes with some cheese spreads and dips are quite a favorite amongst guests.One can also serve the different kinds of soups e.g. tomato soup, mushroom soup, chicken soup and many more.
Customary Ways to Serve Appetizer Foods
Traditionally it was customary to serve women first then man. However, the food is served in food trays in the middle of the table for guests to help themselves. In a formal setting it is common for waiters to serve the appetizer food to guest while they are chit chatting and when the party is at home, the hosts usually serve them in big trays.