French cuisine can have a lot of mystery to it and it's likely due to all the great chefs that specialize in it. They can turn ordinary ingredients into fantastic meals and make it look easy. The secret is that it often is really easy!
Many of the best French dishes are the simplest and that means that anyone can cook them. Let's take a look at a few of the best and easiest dishes found in French cooking. They're fun to make and an absolute delight to eat.
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With a name like escargot-stuffed mushrooms, you're probably thinking this appetizer is too difficult for you. Yet, you'll be pleasantly surprised at just how easy these tasty foods are.
If possible, choose fresh snails. But if you are stuck, use canned, especially as canned does make the recipe just a little easier. A single snail goes into a single mushroom along with a tasty herb butter. It's all baked and in 15 minutes you have a dish bound to impress everyone.
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The best salads are often the easiest and this is a perfect example of how the salad is treated in French cuisine. The salad is filled with romaine hearts, chopped avocado and tiny tomatoes then seasoned with a hint of dill and parsley before sprinkled with balsamic vinegar.
Serve this avocado and romaine salad alongside a steaming bowl of soup. We're thinking Lobster Bisque sounds like a fantastic idea.
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Did you expect a recipe as famous as lobster bisque to be included in a collection of 'easy' French recipes? It may be a surprising addition, but it proves the point that you can cook like a French chef.
In French cuisine, a bisque is a creamy, thick soup, and heavy cream gets the job done in this classic recipe. The stock is seasoned to perfection with paprika, onion and white wine. Don't forget the cognac either, as it's a key to making the soup fabulous.
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If you're seeking a vegan soup, the classic French lentil soup is a great option and delights both vegan and non-vegan diets.
The soup is filled with onions, celery, carrots, garlic and tomatoes. The lentils and apple cider vinegar finish it off with perfection. It's one of the quickest homemade soups and can be table-ready in just about 45 minutes. Also, it is delicious.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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The quiche is another famous French dish and there are many ways that you can make these delicious egg bakes. You could opt for a savory delight like the spinach and onion quiche or you might consider the iconic quiche lorraine.
The key to this humble egg pie is bacon, nutmeg and a lot of cheese—specifically, Gruyere. If you cannot find that at your local markets, Swiss cheese will do just fine.
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As you explore French cuisine, you will discover many recipes that are called a Croque, which is French for 'crunch.' These are tasty little sandwiches you can find at bistros and they come in a variety of flavors.
You can make the Croque Provencal, a delicate sandwich of tomato, cheese, ham and herbal mayonnaise. You might also try the famous Croque Madame, a fantastic breakfast sandwich that takes your fried egg to a new level.
Then again, you might want to go with a true classic and stick with the Croque Monsieur. This ham and Gruyere sandwich includes Dijon mustard and is broiled to a crispy, golden brown.
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Add a simple French twist to steak night with this easy recipe. Steak au Poivre translates to 'pepper steak' and it is a quick and fabulous way to dress up your strip steak. You might want to save this one for a romantic dinner because it includes a little showmanship.
The steak is seasoned simply with pepper and salt, then fried in a skillet. The magic happens when you (carefully) add 1/2 cup of cognac because it may flame. Add a little cream and a delicious steak dinner is ready for the table.
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French restaurants pride themselves on their Duck a l'Orange and no wonder, it is fabulous. The recipe is simple and transforms ordinary duck breasts into an enchanting meal.
There are two steps to this recipe and the first is to create the orange sauce. It's a simple recipe of fresh oranges, vinegar, shallots and chicken stock. Next up is the duck and it's even easier than the sauce.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Bread is a key element to French cuisine and brioche is one of the best-known varieties. While many classic brioche recipes can be a bit of a challenge, this one has been simplified.
Brioche is a delicate bread and it has a fantastic aroma. The recipe mimics many other bread recipes, so if you're a regular bread baker it will be a snap.