International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Appetizer, Hors D'Oeuvre and Snack Recipes

Cutting board with tapas

Image Creative Commons by Terence Lim

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

Siu Mai

Steamed siu mai

(Chinese steamed pork and shrimp dumplings)

Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs Recipe (Scottish hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage)

(Scottish hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage)

Dolmathes

Dolmathes (Greek grape leaves stuffed with rice and meat)

(Greek grape leaves stuffed with rice and meat)

Sausage Rolls

Couple of sausage rolls

(Australian, New Zealand sausage-stuffed puff pastry)

Muhammara

Muhammara (Middle Eastern spicy red pepper and walnut dip)

(Middle Eastern spicy roasted pepper dip)

Pajeon

Seafood pajeon pancake

(Korean scallion pancake)

Bichak

Bichak Recipe (Afghani stuffed savory and sweet pastries)

(Afghan stuffed savory and sweet pastries)

Torshi

Jars of vegetable torshi

(Iranian, Afghan pickled vegetables)

Yakitori

Yakitori (Japanese grilled chicken skewers)

(Japanese grilled chicken skewers)

Coxinhas

Coxinhas (Brazilian deep-fried chicken croquettes)

(Brazilian deep-fried chicken croquettes)

Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese sandwich

(American Southern cheese spread and sandwich filling)