The term is French, literally translated to "mouth amuser," bouche means mouth and amuser is "to amuse" or "to please."
Amuse-bouche is different from an appetizer in that it's not ordered from a menu, but, when served, is done so according to the chef's selection alone.
I have to admit, here, publically, I did not know what this was...until two years ago. In my teaching (etiquette), I was asked if I would teach on the course called "amuse b....."
Eeeegads. Or if I were French, Qu'est-ce que c'est? It was a crunch situation - I couldn't afford to feel less than smart. Especially on dining etiquette. My "lifeline" was my (hunky) nephew who managed a fine restaurant. He knew what it took to amuse the mouth. Thank goodness!
So...I ask you - what does it for you? Or in "Texan" - tickles your fancy? My palette is not very sophisticated. I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to food. Give me Mexican (at least weekly) and I'm good to go. I have foodie-friends: those that entertain,
great cooks, caterers, chefs. Celine is a blogger friend. French. She'll know all bout amuse bouche! One of my dearest "sistas," Mac, has a catering company in Dallas. She is an artist in all she touches! So, tell me...what AMUSES your taste buds? I do hope they get happy this weekend!
À tout à l'heure..
(photo by Tongue in Cheek)