Are Amuse Bouches the Ultimate Foodie Creative Fun?
Inspiration: Take a close look at the photos in this article and read the description of what you are looking at.
Does this inspire you?
I believe that an amuse bouche might be one of the real foodie fun outlets that a food creator (that is you!) could present to the table. Some of the creations you see here are very elaborate, using fresh and luxury ingredients, but a few are just simple: such as the carrot juice, foamed up and sitting in a long glass.
Aren’t all chefs artists at the core? I think so. And with your creative touch, a eye on color, freshness, texture and glassware, you also can create your own surprise masterpiece. Read more on how.
Before creating your own, do you know what an amuse bouche is? I didn’t until…
How I got inspired:
I had lived in France for about five years and had the privilege to dine in some beautiful French restaurants.
I could read everything on French menus. I knew how to order wine to match the food. I knew what the various courses were during a French meal.
I thought I knew ‘it all’ about French cuisine. Yeah, like a real foodie.
Until one day.
At the restaurant, after ordering my food, suddenly something different appeared in front of me. It wasn’t what I had ordered for the first course. I called the server over and explained that the staff had given me someone else’s food.
Oh no Madame, you were not served the wrong food, this is the amuse bouche!
Oh, la, la.
I even remember that amuse bouche. It was a small verrine (or glass) of melon soup, with fresh balls of melon in it. It was amazing.
Translation and Meaning of Amuse Bouche
Translated into English the French word amuse bouche means mouth amuser.
(That sounds like fun). To have my mouth amused is a great start to a meal.
An amuse bouche is a small hors d’oeuvre surprise presented to each guest at the start of the meal. It represents both an opportunity for the chef to show off their flair and for the mouth to prepare for the rest of the meal. It is served after the apéritif and before the first course. From the online article in Wikipedia ,
Amuse-bouches are different from appetizers in that they are not ordered from a menu by patrons, but, when served, are done so according to the chef’s selection alone. These, often accompanied by a complementing wine, are served as a little tingle for the taste buds both to prepare the guest for the meal and to offer a glimpse into the chef’s approach to cooking.
Why Not Do Some Amuse Boucheing over the Holidays?
Starting a special meal with an amuse bouche makes for a fantastic start.
Hope you feel inspired to add an amuse bouche to your holiday meal or dinner party.
How to make your own amuse bouches at home
- Presentation is key. Your amuse bouches are best served in small glasses, spoons and with color in mind.
- Use the freshest ingredients to ensure a powerful and delicate taste.
- Use a combination of flavors and textures to make the mouth tingle.
- Small quantity is essential.The amuse bouche is considered an extra course outside the main food courses.
- Highlight your cooking expertise right from the start. If the start of the meal is spectacular, the rest will flow.
- Make the amuse bouche a surprise, your guests will be pleasantly impressed.
Ideas for Simple Amuse Bouche
Use the freshest ingredients to serve a small cold soup, a slice of fresh fish, a light melange of a sauce on a bite size piece of meat.
One bite, one big sip, one full blast to the mouth. That is all it takes to make your amuse bouches tingle the palate of your dinner guests.
It is as simple as that.
Have you had an amuse bouche at your favorite restaurant? Would you incorporate an amuse bouche course into your next special dinner? What ideas from other cultural foods could you use to make a special amuse bouche in your country? Shout out your feedback in the comment section below.
“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” Julia Child
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Note: This article was reedited from a previous article on amuse bouche.