Amuse-bouche is once again becoming a hot trend in the foodservice industry and bringing it to food trucks will offer the owners of these roaming kitchens an opportunity to add a small, relatively inexpensive menu item to their truck to offer as an appetizer. If you enjoy offering your food truck customers interesting fare that will always get raves you should consider learning about the seduction of amuse-bouche.
What are amuse-bouche?
For those of you who are either unaware or have not received formal culinary training, the word amuse-bouche is a French expression, literally translated “mouth-amuser”. Amuse-bouche is designed to be a single bite creation which combines intense taste sensations while showing off your culinary artistry.
Amuse-bouche is different from the typical hors d’oeuvre. It offers customers something to taste while they are waiting for the remainder of their order, but also sets the ‘flavor’ of their upcoming meal. The amuse-bouche should complement the meal as well as give your customers a sample of the quality of the meal to come.
What can I make for amuse-bouche?
Your amuse-bouche should concentrate on flavor; by combining simple, intense flavors alongside rich, multi-faceted ones. Your focus is on savoring and appreciating the full flavor of a single bite; much as you savor the intensity of a shot rather than having a full cup.
The amuse-bouche can be a combination of bite size, single ingredient bites arranged artfully on a disposable serving spoon. You may also choose a rich, flavorful soup presented in a disposable shot glass or cup.
The key to a good amuse-bouche is quality ingredients. Whether you’re offering simple mandarin slices alongside a savory salmon mousse or a skewered shrimp with a complex marinade, you will want to use the highest quality and most decadent ingredients you can obtain.
Second only to quality ingredients and full flavor is presentation. Amuse-bouche follows the French tradition of artistic presentation. Find amuse-bouche ideas online and take note of the visual presentation. While not complex, the resulting impression is one of style and attention to details.
If you are so inclined you may wish to offer a flight of amuse-bouche as a menu option for those who may not have eaten from your truck and are interested in sampling your cuisine before ordering a full meal.
Let your creative spirit shine as you take inspiration from the simple pleasures of flavor your food truck offers and create your own unique mouth-amusers for your customers.