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Old 11-14-2007, 08:10 AM   #1
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Question What is the order of "courses" in a meal?

hey im looking to find out the classical order of courses in a meal. not just appitozers and soup, i was wondering if any one had the full list, including egg ,fruit and vegetable dishes. pleeeease!


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Old 11-14-2007, 12:35 PM   #2
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Interesting question. Especially, when would you serve an egg during the meal?

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Old 11-14-2007, 12:44 PM   #3
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According to Victorian tradition, circa 1890s

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While I don't often serve this many courses, I do adhere to the order.
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:01 PM   #4
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Cool, i have a dinner party this weekend (for which i just can't decide on what to cook - STILL) i will follow that list just because i can LOL or maybe i can just

*skip to the port tradition* :D
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:18 PM   #5
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That's interesting VeraBlue.....
While restaurants have always served the salad first (in the USA anyway), I have always preferred to eat it after the main course and always saved it for last when at family dinners or making one for myself with dinner.
I guess I'm more Victorian than I ever realized
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:01 PM   #6
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some variations:

Italian: pasta comes before meat, and for example, pasta dressed in the sauce, separate from the meatballs served later.

Salad may well come near the end of the meal as a digestif, or a dish of "bitter" greens with wine vinegar.
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Old 11-14-2007, 07:00 PM   #7
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Actually I like to eat my salad with the main course - what i noticed people will get so full if u bring anythign out after mains they will be like..."and where is that supposed to fit exactly?"
pasta has to come before meat!! altho my bf like to munch on the meatballs while eating the spaghetti, if i don't bring them out he's like "where are they"!?!?!?!? LOL
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:38 PM   #8
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Full course meal

per Wikipedia:
  1. Palate cleanser, or amuse
  2. Second amuse
  3. Caviar
  4. Cold appetizer
  5. Thick soup
  6. Thin soup
  7. Shellfish
  8. Antipasto
  9. Pasta
  10. Intermezzo (Sorbet)
  11. Quail
  12. Wild mushrooms
  13. Beef
  14. Green salad
  15. Pudding
  16. Ice cream
  17. Puffed pastry filled with herbed mousse
  18. Cheese
  19. Fruit
  20. Coffee
  21. Petit four
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:03 PM   #9
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Now I know how to expain to my DW the reason I drink a little bourbon or ice cold Grey Goose before dinner....It's a Palate Cleanser dear!

Thanks for posting Jet. Thats interesting!!
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:20 PM   #10
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Well thats nice and detailed jet!
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