” Amuse(d) Bouche”

  Is this a tapa, or little bite, possibly an hors d’ oeuvres,  (it is definitely not dinner, unless you plan on eating lots of them at one time),  it also might be a snack…..no no….it is an amuse-bouche!

This might be one of those phrases that might run its course very quickly….or not. It has been popping up everywhere about all kinds of subjects other than food. It has been used to describe everything from delightful little bites bestowed on diners at no cost in certain restaurants as a “gift” from the chef to entice the appetite……..as well as in regards to Mitt Romney’s run for the President in an article written by a columnist for the Chicago Tribune titled “Romney’s Tax Amuse Bouche”. It was sighted in a magazine article called “Yoga for Foodies” and I ran across a mystery novel written by a Canadian, Anthony Bidulka, entitled “Amuse Bouche: A Russell Quaint Mystery”. I continue to be amazed and amused at the things I don’t know.

Here are some pretty “amuse-bouche” I whipped up for New Years Eve earlier this month.

I had some French bubbly with my “amuse-bouche” which I think would be correct? I do not think Romney was having bubbly when he was discussing his “amuse-bouche” which might have been more correctly referred to as a “amuse-gueule”.

Basically here is what this all means:

amuse-bouche (uh-MYUZ-boosh) noun

Similar to but not to be confused with hors d’oeuvre. This is a tidbit, often tiny, served as a free extra to keep you happy while you are waiting for your first course to come. It gives you an idea of the chef’s approach to cooking and the restaurant’s attention to your appetite.

From French, literally, “mouth amuser”, from amuser (to amuse) + bouche (mouth).

Its more informal twin, amuse-gueule, (see above in relationship to Mitt Romney) is the same thing, but may be considered vulgar in some circles. Gueule is the French term for an animal’s mouth, bouche for a human’s.

You don’t really need a recipe to create some interesting “amuse-bouche” for your next get-together. I made mine from what I had in my pantry and refrigerator/freezer. Here is what you will need & instructions:
One box of frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package directions, cut into shapes using cookie cutters to top with various ingredients. Cut & fit dough into small muffin tins to fill & bake. Cut some of the dough into squares & circles to top and bake with ingredients.
Gather a collection of the following:
Creamy spreadable cheeses such as Boursin, cream cheese, goat cheese, etc.,  olives, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh herbs, shredded cheeses, caramelized onions, crispy cooked bacon or ham, cooked fingerling potatoes, steamed asparagus spears, grape tomatoes, capers, etc…

Spread, top & fill puff pastry cut-outs with ingredients. Bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees until your little bites are hot, bubbly and the pastry is golden brown. Serve immediately…with Champagne, Prosecco or Cava chilled.

Eat well, stay warm.

2012 List

“IN”……………….”OUT”

1. amuse-bouche……….tapas

 2.  molasses……..brown sugar

3.  vegan…………..vegetarian

4. quinoa…………………..rice

5. csa……………………….CIA

6. Vimeo…………….You Tube

          7.  local artisan chocolate…..chocolate at the check-out

  8.  apples…………………apples

    9.   coffee at home……Starbucks

      10.  Us………………………………me

What’s your list?

20 thoughts on “” Amuse(d) Bouche”

  1. Teresa, What a cute post. Made me hungry because I love bites of this and bites of that. And, the in and out list gave me a laugh. We traded bad Starbucks for our great cappuccino at home a few years ago. I did trade vegetarian for flexitarian back in the 90’s, though. This year cake is out, pie is in.

  2. of course we loved these amuse-bouches on NYE, and that particular puff pastry is so light and buttery. In-out list is great. What might I add to that?Mmmm Flatbread…..pizza sorghum…..honey champagne…..cava sustainable…….organic cardamom……ginger quinces……pears Figs…….Figs

  3. I always enjoy the little taste that the chefs send out. One of our favorite restaurants likes to send out several…it really does tease your taste buds. Your amuse-bouche look beautiful…and prefect with Champagne.

  4. It follows, then, that a lacto vegetarian eats dairy merchandise but not eggs, whereas an ovo vegetarian eats eggs but not
    dairy products. Not only are eggs and dairy products excluded from a vegan diet , so are animal
    merchandise like honey and gelatin.

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