Baltimore Style Crab Cakes Recipe Andrew Zimmern Food Wine Baltimore Style Crab Cakes
Who doesn t love a good party? There always seems to be a reason to celebrate: birthdays holidays special occasions and graduations - all great opportunities. Planning a party however can be a lot more difficult than attending one. One of the biggest headaches of party-planning can be organizing the food. Many people would opt for the choice to go potluck having each guest bring a small platter of appetizers but you are the host /hostess of the century so you ve got to some standards to live up to. Don t let this scare you though. Party hors d oeuvres don t have to be snooty concoctions with complex names that no one can pronounce. When planning what kind of food to serve always go with easy party appetizers. This is a great idea because it allows your guests to have a variety of food options thus making everyone happy.
When you walk into a room full of people in anticipation of a dinner or a real estate open house a tray full of gourmet appetizers accomplishes two things. One they relax the mood and lessen the anxiety in a social situation when you re in a room filled with people you may not know well or not know them at all. Two they break the ice and make conversing with others easier. Naturally a beverage of some sort accompanies the gourmet appetizer in your hand commonly a glass of wine or a beer (depending on the appetizer) itself. With these two things in mind the atmosphere overall is relaxed and as a result the host or hostess is less anxious when guests appear relaxed and having a good time. An important difference should be pointed out when serving appetizers.
Like dim sum pieces of sushi are another example of bite sized morsels that can be eaten in many varieties rather than a full course meal. Sushi has been traditionally served in Japanese restaurants although in recent years sushi bars (i.e. that serve only sushi and beverages) have become very popular. The ingredients of these gourmet appetizers include prawns and raw tuna wrapped around rice balls and then dipped in soy sauce and horse radish to perk up the flavor of the morsel. At a sushi bar you can typically order sushi rolls that are sliced up into bite sized pieces and individual pieces for as much as you can eat (and afford to spend!). Tea is also the preferred beverage when eating sushi. As with dim sum you can order sushi as a gourmet appetizer preceding a full course meal if eating in a Japanese restaurant.