What the heck is a "heavy hors d'oeuvre" anyway?

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Posted: 7/7/2010 4:20:28 PM
The doofs planning my high school reunion (twenty years) sent out the information about the big event and included was the fact that there will not be a meal but they will be serving "heavy orderves".



So, what exactly is a "heavy orderves"? Anyone?







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Posted: 7/7/2010 4:21:45 PM
I guess anything beyond chips and dip? I've never heard that term before!





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Posted: 7/7/2010 4:22:31 PM
Something filling?







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Posted: 7/7/2010 4:22:35 PM
Heavy means you can probably make a meal of it.

Light means, eat something before you come.


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Posted: 7/7/2010 4:23:26 PM
i would assume that means mini slider burgers, chicken satay skewers, spanokapita, etc. to me that would mean more than carrot sticks and pretzels but not a buffet.

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Posted: 7/7/2010 4:23:49 PM
I would expect something filling, not just a cheese and fruit tray.


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Posted: 7/7/2010 4:24:45 PM
It means that the food will be dinner like, but not dinner. Think of hearty appetizers, but lots of choices that will fill you up.


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Posted: 7/7/2010 4:30:03 PM
Makes sense.
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Posted: 7/7/2010 4:33:16 PM
It means you will be able to make a meal out of the hors d'oeuvre's but it will not be a sit down meal.

I actually LOVE the heavy hors d'oruvre food for reunions. It keeps people moving around and mingling more than if you are at a sit down meal. We did this at our last reunion and the food was WONDERFUL and there was a ton of it.

Here is some of what ours consisted of:
huge cheese & fruit tray
crab claws
beef tenderloin (this was sooooo good)
peel and eat shrimp
pasta bar
something with chicken but I forget what now

The list went on but these are some of the foods I can think of off hand. It was a few years ago so it is hard to remember all of it. It was all set up and everything was buffet style.





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Posted: 7/7/2010 4:34:47 PM
I agree with those that have said "heavy" hors d'oeuvre means that the hors d'oeuvres are hearty enough to make a meal of. I usually think of heavy hors d'oeuvres as including some appetizers which are served hot (such as hot dips or individual quiches) and several meat selections, such as cold shrimp w/ cocktail sauce or turkey served on small buns.


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Posted: 7/7/2010 4:55:07 PM

spanokapita,
wha?

heavy hors d'oeuvre means: don't 'spect a free meal...but if you eat 'nuff, you can git full.

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Posted: 7/7/2010 5:13:53 PM
Maybe it's a whole smoked salmon with cream cheese on a cracker - I'm thinking that would be pretty heavy.

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Posted: 7/7/2010 5:29:48 PM
Bar food, basically. Buffalo wings, Nachos. More filling stuff


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Posted: 7/7/2010 5:58:09 PM

mini slider burgers, chicken satay skewers, spanokapita,


Clearly you go to classier parties than we...where hor doeuvres consist of chicken wings, beer dip and bbq meatballs.

As for 'heavy', I'm going with plentiful as well.

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Posted: 7/7/2010 6:25:33 PM
Hmm, for $40 per person, I'm thinking those "orderves" better be substantial.

Not that I am going.






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Posted: 7/7/2010 6:43:35 PM
Heavy hors d'oeuvres means that it's sufficient for a meal, but are served in one or two bite tastes for each item. Often they are petite servings of dinner-type food but served in a way that they can be eaten with just a fork or spoon and/or standing up in a cocktail hour-type setting. Usually you're going to have a wide variety to choose from, on top of the all the typical breads, crackers, cheeses, vegetables, dips, fruit you'd expect to see at a party

A few examples of common party food that I'd put in the "heavy hors d'oeuvres" category:
-lamb "lollipops"
-wontons
-spring rolls
-skewers
-savory tartlets
-crostini
-mini crab cakes
-sips of soup
-sushi
-mini quiches

I'm surprised that this is a term people are unfamiliar with.





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Posted: 7/7/2010 8:05:56 PM
yes to the definitions here, and Sarah, is that how they actually spelled it?


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Posted: 7/7/2010 10:10:16 PM

Sarah, is that how they actually spelled it?

Throughout the invitation (if you can call it that) it's spelled "heavy orderves"...several times.

The whole thing (writing style, spelling, etc) is certainly not a testament to a quality public education, if you ask me...






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Posted: 7/7/2010 11:24:52 PM
I'm trying to feel a little sorry for them, but I'm really just laughing. How could they not know to check the spelling??


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Posted: 7/7/2010 11:33:42 PM
No, no, you guys have it all wrong....

Heavy hors d'oeuvres have a BMI of over 25, OBESE hors d'oeuvres have a BMI of over 30.



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Posted: 7/7/2010 11:39:07 PM
Spanakopita is typically called spinach pie in the US. It's phyllo dough with a spinach and feta filling baked off and cut either into squares or triangles, typically. It's delicious.



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Posted: 7/8/2010 12:39:38 AM

Throughout the invitation (if you can call it that) it's spelled "heavy orderves"...several times.

The whole thing (writing style, spelling, etc) is certainly not a testament to a quality public education, if you ask me...

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Posted: 7/8/2010 1:15:04 AM
We just call them "appies" so everyone can spell it

Spanakopita is one of my 'default' items to bring... yum!

I've never heard the term 'heavy hors d'oeuvre' before, but I have heard 'light' so it makes sense, I guess...

'Round these parts it's 'appies for dinner' instead! I can't wait to use the 'proper' term on an invite


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Posted: 7/8/2010 7:25:32 AM
$40 a head? That's a good price. Ours is $75 and we worked out butts off keeping it down there. The class before us, tickets were $100.

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Posted: 7/8/2010 7:32:21 AM
I hear that term around here a lot (deep south) - to me, it means anything except raw veggies! In other words, think cheese, pastry and/or fried!


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Posted: 7/8/2010 7:37:51 AM

it's spelled "heavy orderves"...several times.



You can't be serious! What idiots.

Heavy means full complement of hot and cold selection. And lots of it. Dinner, small bites, on a plate.

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Posted: 7/8/2010 7:44:58 AM

Not that I am going.

Why not? If I may ask.

I regret now not going to my HS reunions. This past year should have been my 30th (Yep, I'm that old - LOL) and of course, it's the first year they didn't have one.

And I am shaking my head at the tortured spelling of hors d'oeuvres. Someone should be embarrassed.








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Posted: 7/8/2010 1:07:05 PM

Why not? If I may ask.


It's in Mississippi.

I live in Nashville, TN about 6 hours away, which, I admit, if I truly wanted to go, wouldn't be a big deal to drive, but I'm just not interested. I don't like Mississippi, for the most part, got out as soon as possible and have no desire to go back and relive the past.

We moved here in 1999 and I've only been back a handful of times. My best friend from HS lives in Indianapolis and isn't going. If she were going, I might consider it.

High school wasn't "the best days of my life".

ETA: I love Spanakopita.






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Posted: 7/8/2010 1:12:49 PM
think tappas. Something more substancial than chips & dips.


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