The term appetizer, literally means a food or drink that stimulates the human appetite and makes the person thoroughly hungry. The concept of appetizers is seen in every food culture around the world. The European synonym for this term is the French term Hors d'oeuvre, which is translated as 'apart from the main course'. The European equivalent, Hors d'oeuvre, has many sub types, such as Amuse-Bunche, which is an appetizer eaten in one bite. There are several others as well that are meant to go with cocktails or wine. Technically, an appetizer can be any dish that is eaten before the main course, that tingles the taste buds and makes the tummy rumble.
List of the Best Appetizers in the World
The following is a small list of appetizers that are nowadays found in almost all parties, restaurants, and hotels.
- Garlic Clam Dip: Made from garlic, cream, and cheese, this one is bound to make you hungry as a hunter. This is a very easy recipe if you are planning to make appetizers for parties.
- Italian Sausage in Tomato Sauce: The Italian sausage in tomato sauce is always included in the world's best appetizer recipes. It is a delicious combination of sausage, olive oil, tomato sauce, and wine.
- Baked Artichoke Dip: Looking for the best appetizers for a party? Well, then you should definitely try out the baked artichoke dip.
- Tri-Color Yum: A combination of fresh basil, French bread, mozzarella, and nice tomatoes, the Tri-Color Yum is the best appetizer in the world according to us.
- Deviled Eggs: Looking for quick appetizers to make? Then try out the deviled eggs. You will find about 30 to 40 different improvised and innovated recipes for the deviled eggs.
- Appenzeller Cheese Tartlets: The Appenzeller Cheese Tartlets are very popular and give the tongue a very cheesy sort of appeal. They are an excellent option if you are on the look out for appetizer ideas for a birthday party.
Appetizers in Different Cultures
In the course of time, many appetizers have evolved in different regions and cultures. Their recipes may differ in ingredients, but the basic method used to make them is the same.
A Canapé is a European finger food and one-bite appetizer that is prepared with the help of a base, which is made either with a small piece of bread or a pancake. The base in most of the cases are made up baked items, but in some cases, the base is also fried. Chefs in some cases also make use of crackers or a puffed pastry to prepare the base. In some cases, the base is further decorated by sautéing, buttering, or toasting. The base is then covered mildly with a spread that is usually flavored cream or cheese. Next, the main item of the Canapé, which is cut into small pieces, is placed upon the base. The main item can be any kind of meat, fruit, or vegetable. The main item is then covered up with a dressing of cream, butter, or purée that is applied artistically with the help of a pastry bag. The whole Canapé is then sprinkled with a finely chopped garnish that is usually prepared with the help of herbs or leafy vegetables. Personally, we feel that mint leaves are the best garnish for a Canapé.
Crudités are a very nice set of appetizers that have originated in the famous food culture of France. This appetizer is very enjoyable, as it consists of vegetable sticks that are dipped in a range of different sauces. The commonly used Crudités are carrots, celery sticks, broccoli, and cauliflower. Logically, any person who wants to go in for a gradual weight loss must eat this appetizer before any meal, as it is an excellent source of carbohydrates, fiber, and vitamins and would creatively boost the process of weight loss.
Historians and experts of cookery often claim that Meze is probably the oldest known appetizer. Meze, is an appetizer that is native to the Persian regions and has also gained widespread popularity in the Eastern Mediterranean regions. The Meze are made up of meat, vegetables, herbal garnishes, and are served with traditional alcoholic drinks.
The Tapas are appetizers that are native to Spain and are prepared using sea food, cheese, and olives. The Tapas are conventionally prepared in two different ways, that include, hot and cold. The hot type is fried in oil and contain a considerable amount of meat, whereas the cold one has cheese, olives, and other vegetables.
These four appetizers have evolved as a part of the local cuisines. Today some of the traditional appetizers, such as the Cicchetti from Venice, Dim sum from China, Gujeolpan from Korea, and Kemia from Morocco have not only become locally popular, but are being served in restaurants all across the globe.
To choose the best appetizers to be served, you must first know the people who are going to have them. Kids will enjoy cheesy and sweet appetizers. The mature adults on the other hand, are bound to compliment one that has a very good dressing and gives a crispy feel to the mouth. The teenagers would enjoy something filling and yet having a tangy taste in the mouth.