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

Zuiji

Zuiji (Chinese drunken chicken)

(Chinese drunken chicken)

Htipiti

Htipiti (Greek feta and roasted red pepper dip)

(Greek feta and roasted red pepper spread)

Medu Vada

Medu Vada (South Indian deep-fried lentil fritters)

(South Indian deep-fried lentil fritters)

Pilus

Sweet potatoes

(Indonesian sweet potato puffs)

Okonomiyaki

Osaka-style okonomiyaki on the griddle

(Japanese savory "as-you-like-it" pancakes)

Tlacoyos

Woman making blue corn tlacoyos

(Mexican bean-stuffed masa patties)

Lo Mai Gai

Lo Mai Gai (Chinese rice steamed in lotus leaves)

(Chinese rice steamed in lotus leaves)

Mücver

Mücver (Turkish zucchini pancakes)

(Turkish zucchini fritters)