Typical French Food
Keywords: French food – French cuisine – French culture
It is no secret that French gastronomy is one of the finest and most appetizing in the world. A freshly baked croissant for breakfast, a homemade traditional dish for lunch, red wine and local cheese for the evening. It is definitely NOT a secret that French gastronomy is magical and dreamy. And you know what? This type of food is always a good idea. You would not want to miss an apéro (short for apéritif, appetizer). Not only will you drink fine wine and eat savoury cheese; but, you will also experience a sense of sociability, conversation, and relaxation. You will even get a taste of some parts of French culture.
Did you know that French cuisine was inscribed in UNESCO’s cultural heritage in 2010? If you are a foodie and are interested in knowing more, let us take you on a tasty journey and help you discover 5 of the French traditional dishes you might want to try.
- Boeuf Bourguignon
Also known as beef Burgundy, le boeuf bourguignon is a beef stew braised in red wine, often red Burgundy (obviously!), and beef stock. Its main ingredients are boeuf (beef), lardons (bacon strips), oignons (onions), légumes (vegetables), beurre (butter), and un bouquet garni (a bundle of herbs usually tied together with a string and mainly used to prepare stews, soup, stock and many other dishes).
- Escargots de Bourgogne
In the same region of Burgundy, we find the iconic dish of escargots de bourgogne. Cooked in court bouillon (a stock made from wine and vegetables), the snail is then presented in its shell, which is filled with a mixture of butter, parsley (persil), and finely chopped garlic (ail) and placed in the oven. It is often accompanied with bread.
- La ratatouille
As you can see in the picture above, la ratatouille is a dish consisting of vegetables cooked all together, which makes it very colorful and appetizing. Some of the vegetables that we can find in this dish are: oignons (onions), tomates (tomatoes), poivrons (peppers), aubergines (eggplants), and courgettes (zucchini). If this does not make you crave the dish already, do not hesitate to go check the French animated movie “Ratatouille.” It shows the French cuisine, the love of Paris, and of course, la ratatouille. Enjoy!
- La tarte tatin
Tatin has actually become an adjective used to describe food that is caramelized and baked in the manner of an upside down cake. In other words, la tarte tatin is an upside-down apple (pomme)/pear (poire) tart as shown in the picture.
- Les éclaires
As the tradition goes, we saved the best for last. We present to you les éclaires. They are long, thin individual cakes of choux pastry filled with cream and topped with chocolate/café/vanilla icing. Yum!