French entrées are served at the start of the meal. If you have ever dined in a French restaurant, you are familiar with the French love for courses. In a more formal meal, you will sometimes find as many as eight courses, perhaps more. You need to be in good physical condition just to last through one of these elaborate meals. I have sometimes felt like collapsing on the table from the sheer exhaustion of all that eating.
Perhaps you came to this page looking for French main course recipes. In France, l'entrée is just that, the beginning of the meal. However, in years of yore, the entree was a part of the meal that was announced with considerable fanfare. The dish literally made its entrance (son entrée) perhaps with horns blowing and banners waving. In English speaking countries, the entree sticks more to the original intention of the word.
French Entrees - Part of a Balanced Meal
Typical meals at home are, of course, much simpler affairs. However, even in these informal circumstances, a French entree is often served as a prelude to the main course. Our kids eat at the school cafeteria, and it is surprising to see how structured the meal can be: entree, main course, cheese, dessert. No wonder they have 90 minutes for lunch - they need it just to eat!
I love serving a first course, even if it is often just a tossed salad at our house. It gives me the chance to balance the meal -which for us usually means: more vegetables!
Consider these points:
You can serve the first course on a separate, smaller plate. This puts the emphasis on each course as a distinct thing to be appreciated on its own. The time it takes to collect up these plates and serve the main course gives a small space in the middle of the meal - good for conversation and digestion. The few extra dishes this creates is well worth it.
Easy Entree Recipes
In France, a quiche makes a great starter course, and what better representative than this classic French tart made from bacon, cream and eggs (and oftentimes cheese!)
Baked Brie Recipes
Cheese Souffle Recipe
Onion Pie Recipe
Flamiche - a leek recipe
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe
Leek Tart Recipe
Poached Eggs Recipe
Roasted Figs and Ham
A cold, layered dish made with zucchini, spinach and eggs. Very pretty.
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