Appetizers are dishes served before a meal or at a cocktail party or other informal occasion. They are often referred to as snacks or hors d' oeuvres.
In general, appetizers are intended to be eaten by hand in a bite or two, or at least be capable of being cut with the side of a fork, rather than a knife. Since appetizers are a customary course in French and Italian cooking, among other styles of cooking, it is fairly easy to find haute cuisine recipes for appetizers.
Arguably, one fundamental, unspoken, purpose of appetizers, especially in a restaurant setting, is to keep hungry people fed until the main dish is served.
In a home setting, people who might have trouble getting the main meal on the table in a timely fashion on a particular day, such as a holiday, might especially want to have planned in advance to serve an appetizer of some type or sort.
One of the most fundamental appetizer categories in modern times, ignoring haute cuisine, is the dip and carrier combination, of which the variations are endless.
List of appetizer recipes
For a complete, automatically generated, list of recipes which have been categorized, on their individual pages, as being Appetizer recipes see Category:Appetizer recipes
Below is a list of a few selected Appetizer recipes contributors have manually added to this page:
- Artichoke Hearts Attack
- Baba ganoush
- California Fusion Peach Salsa
- Crab Quesadillas with Mango Salsa
- Casquinha de Siri
- Cream Cheese Wontons
- Deep Fried Pretzels
- Fresh Mozzarella Bruschetta
- Ham and Cheese Crepes
- Hornickels' Glazed Onion Canapes
- Hummus with Sprouted Chickpea
- Mozzarella Sticks
- Easy Nachos
- Onion Rings
- Red and White Onion Tapenade
- San Francisco style Scallop Ceviche
- Spicy Chick Peas
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Steamed Artichoke
- The Dip
- Toasted Baguette Slices with Pecan Butter, Brie and Apples
- Tod Mun (Thai Fish Cakes)