Main course

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The main course is the featured or primary dish in a meal consisting of several courses. It usually follows the entrée ("entry") course.

Usage[edit]

In the United States and Canada (except Quebec), the main course may be called "entrée".[1][2][3][4] English-speaking Québécois follow the French use of the term.

According to linguist Dan Jurafsky, North American usage ("entrée") retains the original French meaning of a substantial meat course.[5]

A sirloin steak dinner. This may be the main course of a meal.

Serving[edit]

The main dish is usually the heaviest, heartiest, and most complex or substantial dish on a menu. The main ingredient is usually meat, fish or another protein source. It is most often preceded by an appetizer, soup or salad, and followed by a dessert. For those reasons the main course is sometimes referred to as the "meat course".

In formal dining, a well-planned main course can function as a sort of gastronomic apex or climax. In such a scheme, the preceding courses are designed to prepare for and lead up to the main course in such a way that the main course is anticipated and, when the scheme is successful, increased in its ability to satisfy and delight the diner. The courses following the main course then calm the palate and the stomach, acting as a sort of dénouement or anticlimax.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oxford Dictionaries". Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "entrée (noun) definition and synonyms - Macmillan Dictionary". www.macmillandictionary.com. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  3. ^ cf. Cambridge
  4. ^ Stewart, Marjabelle Young and Elizabeth Lawrence (1999). Commonsense Etiquette: A Guide to Gracious, Simple Manners for the Twenty-First Century. St. Martin's Press. p. 99. 
  5. ^ "You are what you eat — and how you translate the menu". Retrieved 12 September 2017. 

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