|Course||Hors d'oeuvre or snack|
|Place of origin||Russia|
|Main ingredients||Cold cuts, cured fishes, mixed salads, pickled vegetables, kholodets, pirozhki, hard cheeses, caviar, canapés, open sandwiches, breads|
Zakuski (from the Russian plural закуски [zɐˈkuskʲɪ]; singular закуска, zakuska) is a Russian term for hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, snacks, appetizers, served before the main course. These appetizers are commonly served at banquets, dinners, parties and receptions in Russia and other post-Soviet countries. A broad selection of zakuski constitutes a standard first course at any feast table. Usually zakuski are already laid on the table when guests are called to the dining room.
Typical zakuski consist of cold cuts, cured fishes, mixed salads, kholodets (meat jelly), pirogs or pirozhki, various pickled vegetables such as tomatoes, beets, cucumbers, sauerkraut, pickled mushrooms, deviled eggs, hard cheeses, caviar, canapés, open sandwiches, and breads. Iced vodka or other alcoholic beverages is often served with the appetizers. The word literally means something to bite after, to soften the alcohol effect on the taste receptors.
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