appetizer

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appetizer

(ap′ĕ-tī″zĕr)
A small portion of something, esp. food or drink, that stimulates desire for more. In Western societies, it is an item that usually precedes the main food offering.
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Choosing an impressive, yet hassle-free appetiser means you can concentrate on getting the main course and dessert just right, knowing the appetiser will keep everyone happy while you stay cool, calm and collected," she says.
And if you haven't updated your appetiser repertoire since the 'mini onions and cubed cheese on a stick' days, then it's time to brush up on the new fashions in finger food: Asian-inspired rolls and satays, traditional meze dishes like stuffed vine leaves or grilled halloumi and Spanish-style tapas are all now on the menu.