Hors d’oeu­vre can be so tempt­ing and var­ied that we’ve dreamed up an en­tire din­ner com­posed of them—seven heartier ap­pe­tizer “cour­ses” to choose from, for a fun and novel din­ner party.

Food & Drink - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - By Christo­pher St. Onge

An en­tire din­ner com­posed of hors d’oeu­vre—seven hearty ap­pe­tizer “cour­ses” make for a fun and novel din­ner party with friends.

Jt'sso easy to reach into the gro­cer’s freezer for pre-made ap­pe­tiz­ers dur­ing the hec­tic holiday sea­son, but home­made can be so much more ex­cit­ing. Ex­plore a few new flavours and a great idea or two with a spe­cial meal made of small bites. Un­like a for­mal sit-down with the usual anx­i­ety of tim­ing ev­ery­thing just right, a lunch or din­ner of ap­pe­tiz­ers al­lows for much to be made ahead of time. Your guests will be re­warded with a suc­ces­sion of great flavours and con­ver­sa­tion-start­ing sur­prises while you will get to en­joy both the com­pany and the praise.

Cook­ing up the whole menu will feed 12, but omit­ting some and pick­ing your fa­vorites can feed smaller groups. And of course you can serve just one as an opener to any of your spe­cial meals, or even serve the cheese course as a spec­tac­u­lar fi­nale to your Christ­mas din­ner.

To help set the mood for this din­ner party with a twist, visit­pe­tiz­ers for an eclec­tic sea­sonal playlist cu­rated by mu­sic colum­nist, Ann Lough.

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