Recently I participated in a "quickfire challenge." I was asked to concoct an amuse-bouche for 20 people. However, I didn't know anything about the group I was feeding, so the bite had to be vegetarian with universally liked ingredients. It had to be easily transportable, something that could be made in advance, and was representative of my cooking personality. The kitchen where I was to prepare the appetizer has a microwave and small toaster oven.After much deliberation, I finally decided to make these Spanish olive and cream cheese canapes because the three components — crisp toasts, a cream cheese mixture, and grated Parmesan cheese — were easy to prepare the night before the challenge. Luckily my hard work paid off: the final result was excellent! The one-bite toasts were crisp, salty, cheesy, and delicious. They would be a scrumptious start to a cocktail party or romantic dinner. Learn how to make them when you read more
New Year's Eve is an ideal time to serve simple appetizers that can withstand hours of partying. After making Roquefort and Walnut Canapés, I had leftover walnuts, so I looked for another amuse bouche that could use up the nuts.
With its easy fig and olive tapenade, this delicious bite is served on a cracker with a small dollop of goat cheese and a roasted walnut topping. The tapenade can be made three days in advance, and the whole thing is quick to assemble just before party time. Every bite is the perfect combination of sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy. To celebrate with these appetizing hors d'oeuvres, read more
If you're throwing a holiday party and need some appetizer ideas, rather than putting out the tried-and-true Chex Mix and guacamole, why not try something entirely new? I did, when I brought these blue cheese walnut amuses-bouche to my holiday party this year. The bread, when buttered and toasted, takes on the crispy, airy consistency of a cheese puff, which is a perfect foil for the brandy, mustard, and blue cheese topped with walnuts. While this bite is certainly elegant, it won't stay on your table long. To make these canapés, read more
If you've been a fan of Top Chef, then this definition is already part of your vocab. If not, then read up:
Bite-sized tidbits served before the meal (usually before appetizers) in order to excite the taste buds and offer a glimpse of what's to come.
Translated from French, amuse-bouche literally means "mouth amuser."