Appetizers are dishes that we serve prior to the main course to whet our appetites and also to set the right tone for the main meal.
‘Appetizer’ specifically refers to building an appetite. Hors d’oeuvre, another word for Appetizer, literally means “outside of the masterpiece”.
The varieties of appetizers are limitless. They could be preparations of raw or cooked, marinated meats, fish or vegetables served hot or cold in small portions. They require little to no preparation, even simply served as roasted nuts, brined or raw cut fruits or vegetables.
Appetizer Recipe of the Day - Stuffed Portobello Mushroom
Portobello mushroom is of Italian origin and gets its name from Portobello, a small town in Italy. It has a very memorable, rich flavour and a meat-like texture that enables it to be substituted for other meat-based proteins thus making it a delicious vegetarian option.
Portobello Mushroom retains its flavour even after cooking, which makes it work well in the soups, stews, baked or grilled. However, it is best used when stuffed with ingredients such as fresh herbs, variety of cheeses, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and onions, due to its large size.
The Portobello mushrooms are stuffed with a stuffing made with sautéed garlic, mushroom stems, sundried tomatoes and fragrant herbs, topped with cheese and breadcrumbs for a delicious flavour and crunchy texture.