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A picada is basically a meal or pre-meal consisting of very simple hors d'oeuvres, each served in small plates. It can substitute a meal, or can be eaten before one. Picadas are often accompanied by vermouth (either Campari or Martini), but I skipped that as none of my guests are fond of that type of liquor. The picada can include many different dishes, I limited the number I served because there were only 4 of us and I wanted everyone to be hungry enough for dinner. I served (all storebought): picada

  • Sliced french bread
  • Potato chips
  • Pate de foie gras
  • Olive/pepper paste
  • Fontina cheese squares
  • Laughing cow cheese triangles
  • Salame slices
  • Hearts of palm

Other common things served in picadas include:

  • Peanuts
  • Ham
  • Gruyere cheese squares
  • Sopresatas
  • Other cold cuts
  • Pickled onions, vegetables
  • Sardines
  • Olives

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