Well, which one is it?

Small, managed portions are probably my favorite way to go when it comes to entertaining. I love the selection, the size, and the fun ways in which they can be served.

So, are they appetizers or hors d’oeuvres? Most of us use the two words interchangeably, though technically, there are some differences. Okay, then what the heck are canapés, starters, and crudités? Here you go, but realize that their meanings can vary by country.

  • Appetizers are served at the start of a sit-down meal, they may be slightly larger in size, and are typically selected to complement the rest of the meal.
  • Hors d’oeuvres, by contrast, are one-bite dishes that are either served or passed. They can be part of a meal or separate from it.
  • Canapés have a piece of bread, toast, or cracker as their base and are topped with a savory spread, such as meat, tapenade, or cheese.
  • Starters “start” the meal. They are small portions of food that are generally considered to be the first course of a meal.
  • And lastly, crudités—raw vegetables that are usually served as an hors d’oeuvre, traditionally with a vinaigrette or dipping sauce.

So bring on the finger foods—they’re exactly what you think they are:)

Until next time,