Here are our 10 best French food recipes. There are so many sinful creations that you can choose from macarons, crme brulee, clair, mousse, clafoutis, vacherin, crme caramel and the like. Theres lots to learn, experiment and perfect!
Plavaneeta Borah | Updated: January 04, 2017 13:47 IST
Talk about fine dining, and you almost immediately start picturing popular French dishes such as Cheese Soufflé, Duck a l’Orange or Tarte Tatin and Mille-Feuille plated beautifully, like pieces of art. Gastronomy as we know it today has stemmed from French cooking. But set aside the glitz and glamour, and you will discover that it is also a cuisine which celebrates ingredients for their true flavours, and culinary techniques that have the capability of creating magic on the plate.
French food needs no introduction. For any aspiring cook, it is the foundation of learning. Even a recipe as simple as an omelette is carried out with much finesse – the eggs have to be beaten well, and the omelette should be light and fluffy, almost like a pillow. It is not an easy task to master, as you slowly start to understand the nuances. French food also pays close attention to the colour and texture of the dish, which is evident from them being finicky about the doneness of a meat cut or the flaky layers in a croissant. Their sauces, which are so varied, take skills and practice to master – hollandaise, béchamel, veloute, espagnole and sauce tomat among others. But once you get accustomed, you can play around with a range of ingredients to create gourmet dishes within the comfort of your kitchen.
Cheese and wine are integral to French cuisine, and so are meats and seafood. The French take their vegetables seriously too, but they are usually served as sides. However, with the current shift to healthier and meat-free diets, renowned chefs are finding interesting ways to make veggies steal the show. Coming to desserts and confectioneries, it is popularly known that the French have a big sweet tooth. There are so many sinful creations that you can choose from – macarons, crème brulee, éclair, mousse, clafoutis, vacherin, crème caramel and the like.
So don’t let the initial hurdles keep you away from learning how to cook French food. It’s all about a little practice, and like they say, no hard work goes without being rewarded. You can start by trying your hand at simple dishes like crepes and French onion soup, and then progress slowly to sandwiches like Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame. For meat lovers, you can attempt making traditional dishes like Coq Au Vin (chicken cooked in wine and mushroom sauce), Duck a l’Orange, pates and terrines, seafood bisque or Lobster Thermidor (a creamy lobster dish). If you want to up your cooking skills, then give a go at croissants and soufflés. There’s lots to learn, experiment and perfect!
Beautifully caramelised onions impart a nice brown colour and aroma to this classic French onion soup. Traditionally served with slices of baguettes baked with cheese, this soup is a winner at the dinner table.