Entrees for a French Meal
Question: What are some normal 'entrees' served at French family meals (say Sunday with the relatives) and how much time passes between the entree and the piece de resistence, the main dish?
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As to the speed of service, I don't think a lot of time would go by without the main course being served - perhaps five minutes. However, it is quite notable that French people will linger a long time over a meal, and I think after the main course there could be a longer pause before the cheese platter was brought out. Spending two hours at the table on a Sunday afternoon meal would not be at all out of the ordinary.
Hope that helps to answer your question some.
If you are interested in further exploring French culture and food, I highly recommend this book by Stéphane Reynaud, an acclaimed French chef: French Feasts: 299 Traditional Recipes for Family Meals and Gatherings
. It is a delicious peek into a long, glorious French Sunday afternoon.
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