Colorful toast, miniature sandwiches, skewers, or even gourmet verrines, the appetizers have the gift of transforming Friday evening aperitifs into a festive occasion. They are also infinitely declinable both in terms of taste and appearance. Indeed, here, the presentation is as important as the taste, and that is what makes all the difference. So, for a stunning spring aperitif, we take inspiration from the rainbow and opt for colorful bites, the best tribute we can make to seasonal foods.
If the idea of whipping up homemade appetizers or an Instagram-worthy cheese and charcuterie platter scares you, think again. Most of the recipes are very easy to make – especially with our tips!
In terms of quantity, it takes about 5 to 8 bites per person. Obviously, as always in the kitchen, it is better to have too much than not enough. Do not hesitate to plan a few extra portions (especially if your guests are greedy).
An instant feeling of freshness
Who says freshness says seasonal fruits and vegetables, and that’s good, since in the middle of spring, many of them resurface on the stalls. Asparagus, multicolored radishes, strawberries or cherries bring a breath of fresh air to the kitchen, thanks to their high water content. Indeed, as nature is well made, seasonal foods are in accordance with our nutritional needs depending on the time of year. Thus, fruits and vegetables that grow in the middle of spring, are rich in water, like tomatoes, and allow you to stay hydrated when temperatures start to rise.
Synonymous with freshness, cucumber is very easy to cook and comes in many ways. As an aperitif, slip it into the heart of spring rolls; between two slices of sandwich bread for an elegant English tea time sandwich; or as a base for a cream cheese and smoked salmon bite.
And for the final touch, we generously sprinkle our little appetizers with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon juice, citrus zest or fresh herbs. Enjoy your lunch !