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What are some popular French appetizers?


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Think "cheese" and you'll have the bulk of French appetizers. Cheese plates with a number of different cheeses, all with varying tartness and saltiness, are common. Served with fruit, you have a popular French appetizer plate. For a special appetizer, try this: Take a wedge of Brie and encase it in puff pastry. Fold the pastry so it's at the bottom of the wedge. In a pan on the stove, melt about 3 tbls of butter with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Stir constantly over low heat until the brown sugar completely melts. Coat the puff pastry with the brown sugar/butter sauce. Sprinkle some sliced roasted almonds on top and bake in a relatively hot oven (about 380 to 400 degrees F) until the puff pastry turns golden brown and is completely done. Serve with sliced french bread, pear slices, apple slices, and julienned red pepper. The other foods that are indigenous to France are often used for appetizers. Mushrooms, olives, sliced onion drizzled with olive oil, fresh spinach leaves with cheese and tomato...and never be afraid to serve all the different fresh foods with a few chocolate truffles or other high-quality sweets. They go surprisingly well together. Serve with a good red wine and you're set. If you want formal appetizers, think small & puffy. Use puff pastry in muffin pans and fill with cheeses, eggs, custards, small vegetables, crumbled bacon, etc. Make sure you use enough cheese to make them rich and moist. There are many, many good websites that give specific recipes for French appetizers; just Google it and you'll have more than you bargained for.