France is the country of wine and gastronomy. There are many dishes considered part of French cuisine, each region has its specialties. Without further ado, here is the list of the 10 typical French dishes :
How to start without talking you about a Breton specialty?
Crêpes are an ultra-thin pancake common in France that can be made sweet or savory, typically rolled or folded with a variety of fillings from jam or Nutella to ham and cheese to seafood. The specialty is served in crêperies, as street food and even in elegant settings as dessert, such as the most famous presentation, crêpes Suzette.
The croissant has a Viennese ancestor – the kipferl – which was imported in France during the XIXth century. As it became popular, many people revisited the recipe which finally made it the croissant we know today. It then became a traditional element of French breakfasts since the fifties. A breakfast friend par excellence, the French croissant is a gastronomic symbol of France abroad.
You can buy croissants in any bakery in France !
3- Boeuf Bourguignon
Now let’s travel to Burgundy, the bœuf bourguignon is a traditionnal family meal. This dish is essentially a stew made from beef braised in red wine, beef broth, and seasoned vegetables including pearl onions and mushrooms.
You can eat a good beef bourguignon in a French brasserie !
4- Les moules
Many café and brasserie will serve this popular lunch dish. As with most fish and seafood dishes on a French menu, a glass of Muscadet is the perfect match, but a beer is often seen being sipped alongside this dish and it works. There are many ways to cook mussels, but our favorite is the moules marinières, a recipe from the west of France where you cook the mussels in a white wine broth with shallots and parsley.
You can taste bouchot mussels from mont saint michel in the restaurants around eddhostel !
More than a disney cartoon with a little rat, ratatouille is an iconic French dish. From Provence, the dish sees vegetables shallow-fried and then layered in a casserole dish before being baked in an oven. This traditional peasant dish can be a side dish, appetizer, or a main course, and tastes great with red wine and fresh, crusty bread.
6- Confit de canard
Confit de canard is a tasty French dish of duck, although some chefs use goose or pork. It is typically served with confit roasted potatoes and garlic on the side. You can eat it in french restaurants. But you’ll most commonly find it sold in cans or jars in the shops and supermarkets.
7- Croque Monsieur
This beloved sandwich called “Croque Monsieur” was first created in 1910 in a little bistro near the Paris’ Opera district. It makes the perfect Parisian lunch. It is composed of the following ingredients: 2 slices of bread with ham, cheese, butter and a “bechamel” (a white sauce). And it is then served to you, usually, with a side salad !
You can also try a Croque Madame which is essentially the same thing but with an egg on top.
8- Foie Gras
Impossible to miss on a French table during Christmas or New Year’s Eve. This is one of the more controversial French dishes, yet it is so popular in France. Made from the liver of a deliberately fattened duck or goose it is a dish of significant gastronomical heritage in France.
The best way for you to try it is on a piece of brioche with a bit of onion spread or fig jam.
Travel again to Burgundy to discover another typical French recipe, cooked snails with herb butter, commonly called “escargots à la bourguignonne”.
Cooked escargots can be served on toasted pieces of baguette, but they are more commonly placed back into their shells and served on an escargot plate.
10- Quiche Lorraine
Let’s travel to Alsace to discover this original recipe. Quiche Lorraine is a variant of quiche / savory tart from Lorraine and French cuisine. The quiche lorraine consisting simply of a shortcrust dough base that is filled with bacon, eggs, cream, nutmeg, and a dash of salt and pepper.
Quiche can be served hot or cold. It is part of French cuisine but is popular in other countries, too, and is perfect party food.
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