Saturday, February 21, 2009

Amuse Bouche


An amuse-bouche [uh-MYUZ-boosh] is a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre. The word amuse-bouche is a French expression, literally translated “mouth-amuser”. And no wonder this appetizer is a snappy, single bite creation which combines intense taste sensations in an artistic form.

Amuse-bouche is different from your typical hors d’oeuvres. It is most often offered when guests are first seated at the table. Not only does this offer guests something to taste while waiting for the dinner but also sets the ‘flavor’ of the evening. The amuse-bouche should compliment the dinner, as well as, give guests a sample of the quality of the meal to come.

Amuse-bouche concentrates on flavor often combining simple, intense flavors alongside rich, multi-faceted ones. The focus is on savoring and appreciating the full flavor of a single bite, much as you savor the intensity of a shot rather than having a full cup. The amuse-bouche can be a combination of bite size, single ingredient bites arranged artfully on a plate or a combination of flavors offered as one serving on a Chinese spoon.

This is a hip way to start any event, no matter how large or how small. Check out this recipe provided by The Skinny Gourmet.

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