International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Appetizer, Hors D'Oeuvre and Snack Recipes

Tray of hors d'oeuvre appetizers

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Appetizers and hors d'oeuvre are the enticing entrance to a full meal. They pique the appetite without satisfying it and encourage easy conversation among gathered guests. Appetizers can be plated or passed, but they are most often finger food, easy to eat while standing and never overly messy in the hands.

Appetizers are mini meals that go by different names around the world. Spaniards have tapas, delicious bar food with a deep history. The Italians throw together antipasti platters with elegant simplicity. Hunger pangs in the eastern Mediterranean are calmed with meze and a beverage. Cantonese diners pick out an entire meal from dim sum carts. And the spicy chaat of India are some of the most flavorful snacks in the world.

International Appetizer Recipes

Tostones

Tostones Recipe (Puerto Rican fried plantains)

(Puerto Rican fried plantains)

Samosas

Samosas (Indian, Pakistani deep-fried potato pastries)

(Indian, Pakistani deep-fried potato pastries)

Baleadas

Baleadas Recipe (Honduran flour tortillas with beans and cheese)

(Honduran flour tortillas with beans and cheese)

Bao

Bao Recipe (Chinese steamed, filled buns)

(Chinese steamed, filled buns)

Pakora

Pakora (Indian, Pakistani vegetable fritters)

(Indian, Pakistani vegetable fritters)

Ukoy

Ukoy Recipe (Filipino shrimp and sweet potato fritters)

(Filipino shrimp and sweet potato fritters)

Cachapas

Cachapas Recipe (Venezuelan fresh corn pancakes)

(Venezuelan fresh corn pancakes)

Akkra

Acarajé (Brazilian black-eyed pea fritters)

(Senegalese black-eyed pea fritters)

Falafel

Falafel Recipe (Middle Eastern fried chickpea patties)

(Middle Eastern fried chickpea patties)

Cancha

Cancha Recipe (Ecuadorian, Peruvian toasted corn snack)

(Ecuadorian, Peruvian toasted corn snack)

Satay Ayam

Satay Ayam Recipe (Indonesian chicken skewers with peanut sauce)

(Indonesian chicken skewers with peanut sauce)

Guacamole

Guacamole Recipe (Mexican avocado sauce and condiment)

(Mexican avocado sauce and condiment)

Siu Mai

Siu Mai Recipe (Chinese steamed pork and shrimp dumplings)

(Chinese steamed pork and shrimp dumplings)