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nounPlural zakuskas, Plural zakuski
A substantial Russian hors d'oeuvre item such as caviar sandwiches or vegetables with sour cream dip, all served with vodka.
- ‘The best-known feature of the cuisine of Sweden, is related to the Russian zakuski and also to hors d’œuvres and mezze, but less closely to tapas.’
- ‘The meal began with hors d' oeuvres, called zakuski in Russian, which were usually served in the adjoining Portrait Hall.’
- ‘A zakuski party can be a flexible mix of homemade and purchased dishes, depending on how much time you want to spend.’
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