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Appetizer Course

An appetizer is a small dish of an overall meal. It can also be a drink or multiple drinks containing alcohol. Common examples include: shrimp cocktail, calamari, salad, potato skins, mussels, bruschetta or cheese and crackers. An appetizer may also be very elegant in some restaurants.[1][2]

They are often referred to as snacks or hors d'oeuvres. Arguably, one fundamental, unspoken, purpose of appetizers, especially in a restaurant setting, is to keep hungry people fed until the main dish is served[3].


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  3. "Cookbook:Appetizers - Wikibooks, open books for an open world". Retrieved 2018-04-10.