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Verrines

 

A new trend has appeared these last few years… Small glass cups and appetizers are being served at cocktail parties instead of the traditional “canapés”…You are now often invited in France for a “apéritif dinatoire”, a diner aperitif! It is halfway between a cocktail party and dinner. You often do not have to eat after one of these! I was chosen to prepare a hundred of those small glass cups for the mayor’s New Year wishes to the people of Fussy.

They can be served at the beginning of a meal with the aperitif or as an appetizer and even sometimes they are presented in between dishes. Often they are made of puréed vegetables or mousses and they can be a little tasteless. My view is that they have to be tasteful and with a good dose of strong flavours depending on what you are serving with it…

In Australia; I remember this method of eating was called “grazing”

Here is the selection I did for the event and this could be some ideas for your home…

– Green lentils with an apple chutney and cubes of foie gras
– Chopped scallops with Basmati rice and 2 lemons
– Coleslaw with pineapple and Chorizo
– Vegetarian Bortsch with creamy yogurt from Ivoy le pré
– Potato and herring salad with an horseradish cream
– Jerusalem artichokes with a walnut dressing

 


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