Throughout his training and career in many restaurants, including Caesar's Palace, "Chef Jeff" Henderson learned the value of small offerings. "[A]lmost any dish can be refined into a magical little appetizer," he says.
Appetizers are a great way to entertain your guests and build anticipation for the meal to come. Historically, they've been used to stimulate conversation, friendship and appetites. Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, just down-size a recipe that you do well and offer it as finger food. Henderson suggests using an espresso cup for soup instead of a bowl, or turning hamburgers into tiny sliders. Be sure to allow plenty of time to linger over the little bite-sized morsels. As the names given them by other cultures suggest, appetizers are more about socializing than slaking hunger.