The Art of Hors d'Oeuvres


When it comes to on-the-fly entertaining, party guests can’t stop talking about spicy and savoury Hors d’Oeuvres.

They’re easy to make, filled with flavour and they prep the party for the evening’s main course. Whether that means a serving of room temperature Mini-Quiches or a hot plate of Spicy Chicken Wonton Cups, these showstoppers are sure to impress guests with a sprinkle of distinctive flavours to make this holiday cocktail party one to remember.

In French, Hors d’Oeuvres literally means “apart from the [main] work”. But for crowd-pleasing party hosts, Hors d’Oeuvres can mean “life made easy”. With a hint of flavour, you can transform a classic appetizer into a fancy and petite cocktail snack. With this in mind, here are a few tricks to keep you ahead of the trends for flavourful and elegant Hors d’Oeuvres, even for last-minute holiday entertaining:

Know your numbers: Rule of thumb – aim to serve 6-8 pieces per person an hour. If it sounds like a math problem, these mini quiches are a one-step solve. The grated gruyere and goat cheese will make the satisfaction last into the next hour.

Don’t confuse the palette: Mixing and matching Hors d’Oeuvres while entertaining? Avoid eye-watering taste clashes and dress up a serving plate with mixed herbs and dried spices like almonds, cinnamon sticks and coarse salt to pair savoury snacks with their respective flavours.

Keep it simple: Running behind? Serve room temperature or cooler Hors d’Oeuvres first so party guests can nibble between introductions and reunions. Follow up at the end of the hour with a warm plate of eye-catching wonton wrappers filled with spiced chicken for 12 full-flavoured servings. Then prepare to swoon over bold spices!

Hors d’Oeuvres are a creative way to add flavour that’s worth planning ahead. Prepare in advance, be adventurous with taste pairings and spice up the night with appropriate sizing to carry small talk from greeting to goodbye. The party will be a piece of cake from there!


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