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02/10/2013Top 10 foods of France – with recipes

Top 10 foods of France – with recipes French food is known globally for its finesse and flavour. Guide your palette through this list of top 10 French foods, do-it-yourself recipes included.

From the basic to the more interesting traditional foods of France, there is something here for everyone. And what better way to explore French culture than creating your own French specialties? That's why we have searched far and wide for the best French recipes – both athentic and with a twist. Bon Appetit!

1. Soupe à l'oignon

Top ten foods of France: traditional French foods to tryThis is a traditional French soup made of onions and beef stock, usually served with croutons and cheese on top. Its origins can be traced back to Roman times. However, its current version originated in the 18th century. The remarkable taste of the soup is due to the caramelisation of the onions.

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2. Wine
Top ten foods of France: traditional French foods to tryFrance is the place to find the most suitable wine for every palate - from white to rose, and red to champagne. You can drink French wine with your meal, with cheese or while sitting and enjoying the sun at a café. This drink can make you warm in the cold or enrich the taste of the exquisite French cuisine. 

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3. Cheese

If you are up for experimenting and playing with your senses, order a serving of diverse French cheeses. These plates are usually served after the main course and before desert. In general, they consist of pressed, soft and blue cheeses. There is such a diversity of French cheeses, and just like French wine, there is something for every taste.

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4. Boeuf bourguignon

This is a traditional French meal – a stew made of beef braised in red wine, beef broth and seasoned with garlic, onions, fresh herbs and mushrooms.

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Top ten foods of France: traditional French foods to try
5. Chocolate souffle
A delicious dessert not to be missed! The crispy chocolate crust with a soft creamy chocolate filling make this sweet delight different than anything you will ever taste.

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6. Flamiche

Flamiche means cake in Flemish and it originates from Northern France, near the border with Belgium. It is a pie crust filled with cheese and vegetables. The stuffing in the classic recipe is made of leeks. However, there is also a pizza-like version of the Flamiche which is without the top crust of the pie.

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7. Confit de canard

Duck confit is a tasty French meal made of duck legs. The preparation of the meat may take up to 36 hours! The duck meat is gently mixed with salt, garlic and thyme and left to absorb their aroma for more than a day. It is generally fried or grilled afterwards, and served with roasted potatoes and garlic on the side.
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Top ten foods of France: traditional French foods to try8. Salade nicoise

A typical French salad made of lettuce, fresh tomatoes, boiled eggs, canned tuna, Nicoise Cailletier olives and anchovies. It is a fresh starter for a lovely French lunch.

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9. Ratatouille
Ratatouille can be served as a side dish, as a meal or as a stuffing for other dishes, such as crepes and omelettes. It is generally made in a shallow pan, on high heat, with a relatively small amount of fat. The ingredients consist of tomatoes, garlic, onions, zucchini, eggplant, carrots, bell peppers, basil, marjoram, thyme and other green herbs.
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10. Tarte tatin

They say this apple pie was made by mistake in 1898 by Stephanie Tartin. She was trying to make a traditional apple pie. Fortunately, she accidentally left the apples in sugar and butter for far too long in the pan. In a hurry, trying to rescue the desert, she put the pastry base on top of the burning fruits and then placed the pan in the oven. The desert finished baking and the result – well, try it and you won’t regret it!

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Photo credit: Jun Seita (soupe à l'oignon), Zach Heller Photography (wine), Chris Buecheler (cheese), , balise42 (Boeuf bourguignon), promoterest (chocolate souffle), TheDeliciousLife (Flamiche), maveric2003 (flat flamiche), pr1001 (Salade nicoise), McPig (Confit de canard), yoppy (Ratatouille), salvatore d'alia (Tarte tatin).



5 reactions to this article

J Sandman posted: 2011-12-27 14:14:48

A very lovely article, with special appreciation of confit de canard, a meal I had on my most recent trip to Paris.

Merci!

David posted: 2012-06-27 13:59:15

I would say a "salade nicoise" IS a nice lunch, not a "starter"! :)

Deborah posted: 2013-11-27 15:05:58

Thanks for this great post! I tried many of those French favorites while in Paris, but the one I enjoyed the most was Quiche Lorraine - kind of like a Flamiche, without the leeks and with bacon strips. Now that I'm back to California, I still get to do some French cooking, using French products (Herbs de Provence, Dijon Mustard, Guerande Sea Salt...) I found a great website for products directly imported from France: www.saveurdujour.com. They have a great customer service and ship to the US and worldwide...

chris posted: 2013-12-18 14:21:37

My palette is covered in various toxic colours, bound together with linseed oil. May I guide something else, please?

Sharron Lehman posted: 2013-12-18 16:08:53

What a bizarre list! Wine doesn't qualify as a "food", your picture of cheese features Italian mozzarella, classic ratatouille rarely contains carrots, flamiche is far less "French" than quiche, and I would have put Coq au vin somewhere in there. Apologies to the author, but this article was written in 2011 and unlike that famous French food, "wine", it has not improved with age. You need new content or new writers or "un savant mélange" of both.

5 reactions to this article

J Sandman posted: 2011-12-27 14:14:48

A very lovely article, with special appreciation of confit de canard, a meal I had on my most recent trip to Paris.

Merci!

David posted: 2012-06-27 13:59:15

I would say a "salade nicoise" IS a nice lunch, not a "starter"! :)

Deborah posted: 2013-11-27 15:05:58

Thanks for this great post! I tried many of those French favorites while in Paris, but the one I enjoyed the most was Quiche Lorraine - kind of like a Flamiche, without the leeks and with bacon strips. Now that I'm back to California, I still get to do some French cooking, using French products (Herbs de Provence, Dijon Mustard, Guerande Sea Salt...) I found a great website for products directly imported from France: www.saveurdujour.com. They have a great customer service and ship to the US and worldwide...

chris posted: 2013-12-18 14:21:37

My palette is covered in various toxic colours, bound together with linseed oil. May I guide something else, please?

Sharron Lehman posted: 2013-12-18 16:08:53

What a bizarre list! Wine doesn't qualify as a "food", your picture of cheese features Italian mozzarella, classic ratatouille rarely contains carrots, flamiche is far less "French" than quiche, and I would have put Coq au vin somewhere in there. Apologies to the author, but this article was written in 2011 and unlike that famous French food, "wine", it has not improved with age. You need new content or new writers or "un savant mélange" of both.

 
 
 
 
 
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