Hors D Oeuvres Recipes
Some simple hors d oeuvres recipes are what the French love to start their meals. They are a 'little something' to wet the appetite. These Horsdoeuvres or appetizers, are to do just that - to stimulate the gastric juices before eating the main course.
In the French home it is usually something simple such as ham or garlic sausage, tunny fish, smoked fish, sardines, olives, salads or fresh raw vegetables beautifully prepared in a light herb vinaigrette.
The most important thing about the horsdoeuvres is that the food is of excellent quality and fresh. The French housewife chooses her produce carefully using her eyes and her sense of smell. She will only buy what is fresh. The quality is always good and she never throws anything away, nothing is ever wasted in her kitchen.
For a formal meal the hors d oeuvres are usually arranged in individual dishes but for a family meal they can be arranged attractively on individual plates. White dishes are best as they present the wonderful colours of the meat and vegetables whereas a patterned dish is likely to be confusing.
They are arranged attractively but simply - French food is never over garnished.
Salade Nicoise or salad Nice is the classic salad of the south of France. A variety of mediterranean vegetables, crispy lettuce and fish make this a tasty and refreshing salad for hors d oeuvres or light summer lunches.
An easy Tapenade recipe which will give you another tasty dip to add to your table. It is a Provencal dish made with black olives and is great for spreading on toast or French bread - for anytime of day!
Avocado shells are such a simple and easy dish to make yet they look and taste amazing. You will have these ready in no time at all and you can keep them in your refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
For a quick and easy appetizer or horsdoeuvre this is a great little recipe. Avocados are supreme and you will have this little gem on your table in extra no time! Delicious.
Egg Stuffed Tomatoes
These egg stuffed tomatoes are to be found in charcuteries throughout France and they make such a quick and tasty horsdoeuvres or light lunch. Great to make at home and sure to please everyone.
Miniature fish balls which are so easy to make yet are amazingly delicious and sure to please everyone.
Can be made with any cooked fish but especially delicious made with smoked haddock.
This is a hot one to add to your hors d oeuvres recipes!
These delicious stuffed tomatoes are made in the Parisienne style. So easy and quick to make yet are amazingly spectacular on your table. You will have such a colourful display and they are a sure winner every time.
This artichoke salad is another of my favourite hors d oeuvres recipes and will be sure to impress your family and friends. An easy and quick recipe to give you sensational results.
Sautéed Foi Gras
For those very special occasions or celebrations you may want to include something traditional such as a foie gras dish. This is a very simple dish with a big impact.
A colourful display of healthy vegetable crudites will enhance your hors d oeuvre table. They are so easy and simple to make using vegetables either raw or lightly cooked.
More Salad Recipes
For more ideas on starters and hors-d oeuvres you will find lots of recipes for salads on my
page which will give you lots of ideas and most are easy and very economical to make.
Making your own dressings is not only easy but is economical and so much better for you. Here are some you will love!
French Dressing Recipe or Vinaigrette
This French dressing recipe or vinaigrette is so easy to make at home and will enhance all your hors d oeuvres, salads and crudites. It is far superior to any you buy at the supermarket and costs very little to make.
This mayonnaise recipe will give you a far more superior mayonnaise to accompany your hors d oeuvres recipes, salads and crudites. You will find it an easy recipe to make at home with amazing results - just wait until you hear all the compliments when you present this at your table!
Party giving should be enjoyable and having the right appetizer selection will help. Take a peep at
Best Made Appetizers
where you will find some delicious Italian Appetizers.
Not only are hors d oeuvres recipes good for your family meals but also for entertaining. They make wonderful starters at parties and wedding receptions.
Want some ideas for weddings, then take a look at
Outdoor wedding ideas
where you can plan the perfect outdoor wedding any time of year!
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