|Hors d'oeuvre or snack|
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|Cured meats and fishes, pickled vegetables, garlic, mixed salads, hard cheeses, caviar, breads|
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A zakuski (from the Russian закуски [zɐˈkuskʲɪ]; singular закуска, zakuska) is a Russian term for hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, snacks, appetizers, served before meals. Usually presented buffet style, it often consists of cured meats and fishes, various pickled vegetables such as beets, cucumbers, and garlic, mixed salads, hard cheeses, caviar, and breads.
These appetizers are often present at parties or receptions, especially in Armenia and Russia. Usually zakuski are the first food already laid on the table when guests are called to the dining room. Iced vodka or other alcoholic beverages is often served with the appetizers.
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