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Appetizing nibbles

What do you call the bite-sized finger foods served at parties and receptions? The answer to that question can depend on the party's location or menu. Called appetizers by many, the French refer to these tasty morsels as 'hors d'oeuvres', (translates to 'outside of the work.') The Swedes call them "smorgasbord," the Italians "antipasto," and the Russians "zakuska."

French fries : recipes and photographs
by Zac Williams.
Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith, 2011.

Who doesn't love the traditional twice-fried potato, our hot and salty friend? This innovative cookbook offers recipes for every kind of fry imaginable, from Parmesan to pesto to sweet potato fries. Try something as familiar as Drive-in French Fries to those as exotic as Pataje Oorlog, a Dutch dish with three different sauces, or Chocolate Fries, a sweet french fry dessert. The book also includes recipes for non-potato fries, such as Fresh Green Bean Fries or Tempura Vegetables with Wasabi Garlic Aioli, and for more than a dozen dips and sauces, from Sweet Onion Mayonnaise to Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce.

     
Taste of home : appetizers.
 
Greendale, WI : Reiman Media Group, 2010.
"A Taste of Home/Reader's Digest book"--T.p. verso.
     
Bed and breakfast guide for food lovers : over 130 choice recipes for morning, noon, and night from the kitchens of inns and b&b's in all fifty states
Pamela Lanier.
Petaluma, Calif. : Lanier Publications, c2010.
Pamlea Lanier paves the way to every food-loving traveler's dream collected vacation! She has the most appetizing B&B's that serve outstanding fares and added delightful recipes to make it an even tastier treat. It is the first of Lanier's B&B Style books that will translate the unique charm of the B&B experience into ways that people can recreate that unforgettable charm at home.
     
Fine cooking appetizers : 200 recipes for small bites with big flavor
editors and contributors of Fine cooking.
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2010.
From simple to sophisticated, the 200 recipes in Fine Cooking Appetizers will get any party started. This latest collection of recipes from Fine Cooking features the best starters and small bites for any occasion, from holiday party to weeknight noshing. Like each issue of Fine Cooking, the delicious recipes are accompanied by time-saving tips, step-by-step techniques, and handy kitchen advice. In addition, fun cocktails, party menus, and entertaining tips will make this the only guide you need for year-round celebrations and get-togethers.
     
Savory bites : easy, sophisticated hors d'oeuvres for every occasion
by Kim Hendrickson.
Pearl River, N.Y. : Salvia Press, 2010.
1-2-3 bites of bliss. Everyone loves hors d'oeuvres and canap
     
Perfect party food : over 120 step-by-step recipes made simple : appetizers, snacks, finger foods
Bridget Jones.
London : Southwater, c2010.
Whether throwing a cocktail party, a birthday buffet or a summer picnic, Perfect Party Food Made Simple has all the information and recipes you will need. Thorough planning is the key to success and key advice on all the essentials, from deciding on the type of party, making the guest lists and seating plans to creating the appropriate atmosphere, table stylings and decorations is given, as well as how to estimate food and drink requirements. Plan your menu down to the last detail with over 120 recipes to select from. Choose from finger foods, dips and dippers to brunches, lunches and light suppers when having friends round for dinner.
     
Asian tapas : small bites, big flavors
Christophe Megel and Anton Kilayko ; photography by Edmond Ho.
Clarendon, Vt. : Tuttle, 2010.
Using an abundance of the fresh, seasonal ingredients and a harmony of flavors, Anton Kilayko and executive chef Christophe Megel offer a collection of recipes that will excite anyone yearning after new and delicious ways to approach the tastes of the East. Cultural lines blur as they explore the breadth of Asian cuisine to bring you dishes inspired by the cooks of Bali, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and many more. The food is imaginative, approachable and can just as successfully be brought to life at a sophisticated dinner, a lazy lunch, a cool party—or very simply as a tasty little snack.
     
Simple appetizers : easy recipes for effortless entertaining
[text, Fiona Beckett ... [et al.]].
London ; New York : Ryland Peters & Small, 2010.
Whether you are looking for an elegant first course for a dinner party or a quick idea to liven up any meal, this selection of delicious yet simple recipes will provide all the inspiration you need. Small Bites make an informal shared appetizer to serve with drinks. Try Pea and Prosciutto Crostini: Grilled Lamb Skewers with Garlic and Saffron Custard for diping; or Vermouth Scallops with Green Olive Tapenada. Soups are the classic way to begin a meal. Choose from a chilled Gazpacho with Smoked Salted Courtons; Pea and Smoked Ham Soup with Mint; or an elegant Crab Bisque. Salads are light and refreshing--try Apple, Beet, and Fennel Salad with Roqueford; classic Caesar Salad; or Heirloom Tomatoes with Burato Cheese and Fresh Basil. Meat & Poultry options include Chicken Liver Pate with Blueberry and Balsamic Glaze; Carpaccio of Beef with Salsa Verde on Bruschetta; and Pork, Fennel, and SpinachTerrine with Drunken Figs. Lighter Fish & Seafood ideas include Salt-crusted Citrus Shrimp with Chile Dipping Sauce; Smoked Mackerel and Preserved Lemon Pate; and Pickled Salmon with Fennel and Cucumber. Vegetarian options include a delicious Smoked Mushroom Pate, individual Cheese and Basil Souffles; and Fresh Asparagus with Homemade Hollandaise Sauce. *More than 30 delicious ideas for simple-to-prepare yet impressive first courses.
     
Hungry girl happy hour : 75 recipes for amazingly fantastic guilt-free cocktails and party foods
Lisa Lillien.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2010.
Amazingly delicious guilt-free recipes for any fun-filled cocktail party! Margaritas and cosmos and mudslides, oh my! Blended drinks, mixed drinks, fruity drinks... any and every cocktail you desire is here in Hungry Girl Happy Hour, and they've all got HG's guilt-free guarantee! Also included are recipes for Hungry Girl's delicious, decadent, party-pleasing finger foods and appetizers. Indulge in: Cocoanut Banana Rumble Frenzy (188 calories), Hungry, Hungry Hurricane (132 calories), Blendy Bananas Foster (227 calories), Red Hot Cinnamon Shots (98 calories), Spiked Strawberry Shake (204 calories), Black Forest Jell-O Shot Desserts (49 calories). Plus: Buff Chick Hot Wing Dip (68 calories), De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket (134 calories), Bacon-Bundled BBQ Shrimp (116 calories)... and much more!
     
Amor y tacos : modern Mexican tacos, margaritas, and antojitos
Deborah Schneider ; photographs by Sara Remington.
New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2010.
Think you know what a taco is? Think again. This hot little book delivers a deliciously new way to “do” Mexican—not just tacos but also antojitos (the “little bites” that are Mexico’s variation on tapas), salsas, tequila- and mezcal-based cocktails, and the amazingly thirst-quenching fruit drinks calledaguas frescas. nbsp; Taking her cue from thetaqueroswho vend fresh, inventive, lovingly prepared food from roadside stalls in Baja and street-side trucks in Tijuana, author Deborah Schneider shakes up and recombines traditional Mexican flavors in ways that will dazzle your taste buds. Her inspired, quick, easy-to-make dishes include Garlic Shrimp Tacos with Poblano Chiles, Deep-Fried Fish Tacos with Spicy Coleslaw, Lemon-Garlic Chicken Tacos with Mezcal, a vegetarian taco withquesa fresca(fresh cheese), and even a taco stuffed with shredded beef that’s been simmered in Coca-Cola.
     

"many of the great cuisines of the world ... have long recognized that dawdling over small servings of many different dishes, sharing tidbits and discoveries, not only stretches out a pleasant social evening but bonds friends together..."

(World-wide traditions)

The appetizers themselves often have intriguing names. Your guests will enjoy using bits of flat bread to scoop up baba ghanoush, tzanziki, hummus, aramasalata or other Middle Eastern sauces.

Almost any ingredient can be used in appetizers. Some of the most popular ingredients are meats, eggs, marinated mushrooms and vegetables, hot dishes with seasoned sauces, plus all types of breads.

Impress the guests at your next party with some new appetizers:

  • Make your own butters. Mix together mint with butter to create a unique tasting spread. Or mix butter with salt, pepper and cooked lobster or smoked salmon for a taste that will have everyone raving.
  • Salami rolled up with a pickle inside is another tempting appetizer. You can use decorative toothpicks to hold the salami together.
  • Fruits are not to be forgotten when creating your appetizer platters. Take a pineapple and hollow it out with a knife. Then fill it up with all kinds of fruits such as apricots, peaches, and strawberries. Use fancy toothpicks in each piece to make it easier to taste.

When serving your hot appetizers offer plates. Decorated napkins are always a hit. A pretty tablecloth and attractive arrangement of flowers will encourage your guests to enjoy themselves as they sample your appetizers. Fix enough. Appetizers may be finger sized, but nibblers will keep returning to the table for more.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff