highpeaklad
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Why Are Main Courses In USA Called Entrees?

Sat Mar 26, 2005 11:08 am

I don't understand why Americans call the main part of their meal an entree. Clearly this comes from the French language, but in France an entree is the first,not the main course. Does this not make it confusing in French restaurants ? Can anyone please explain.
Also when eating Italian why does marinara mean a plain tomato sauce whereas in the rest of the world marinara implies seafood.

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misbeehavin
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RE: Why Are Main Courses In USA Called Entrees?

Sat Mar 26, 2005 12:11 pm

Things are just done differently in America I guess.

In America, it's an appetiser followed by the entree. Elsewhere, it's the entree followed by the plat (or main course, etc).
 
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RE: Why Are Main Courses In USA Called Entrees?

Sat Mar 26, 2005 1:49 pm

it is the rule of language.
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RE: Why Are Main Courses In USA Called Entrees?

Sat Mar 26, 2005 2:21 pm

Quoting September11 (Reply 2):
it is the rule of language.

uh huh. So explain the rule of language for those of us who speak English.
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killjoy
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RE: Why Are Main Courses In USA Called Entrees?

Sat Mar 26, 2005 5:15 pm

It's especially confusing since the word itself refers to entering, as one would think one enters the meal with the first course. I guess it just sounded better to use a random French word instead of "main course".

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RE: Why Are Main Courses In USA Called Entrees?

Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:16 pm

Quoting Killjoy (Reply 4):
It's especially confusing since the word itself refers to entering, as one would think one enters the meal with the first course. I guess it just sounded better to use a random French word instead of "main course".

Americans...

Memo to fellow Americans:

From now on please refrain from calling the main course the 'entree' and marinara sauce 'marinara sauce'. We don't want foriegners coming over here and accidently ordering deep fried cheese sticks with cocktail sauce as their main course.

Oh dear, maybe we should change 'cocktail sauce' too. We don't want them getting drunk on horseradish. SHIT! HORSEradish. Where does it end??!!!
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RE: Why Are Main Courses In USA Called Entrees?

Sun Mar 27, 2005 12:20 am

Why is it called an "entree"? Simple. The phoenetic pronunciation of "entree" is "on tray". How is it usually served? On a tray! Hence the word "entree".  bigthumbsup 
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