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There’s a reason why we say “haute-cuisine” and it’s because France led a food revolution, among others. France gave us the 5 mother sauces, braising, sauté, fantastically delicate desserts, and much more. It’s virtually impossible to find a chef today who doesn’t take pride in having these basic techniques and recipes down pat – especially since chef itself is a French term. So, in order to inspire your inner chef and celebrate the upcoming Bastille Day, we’ve put together our 10 best Classic French recipes!
A rich stew of beef and red wine, this classic dish is widely known around the world thanks to Julia Child. A good stew builds layers of flavour over a long period of time. We’ve broken this classic dish down for you to make it not only easy, but much healthier, without losing any of the flavour.
This dish doesn’t have the be at the centre of a Pixar movie for us to know it’s delicious. It’s full of fresh, seasonal veggies and great flavourful herbs. It’s hard to go wrong with such a masterful vegetable dish.
Pronounced “kla-foo-TEE”, this country-French dessert is made by topping a layer of fresh fruit with batter. The unusual name comes from “clafir”, a dialect word meaning “to fill” (with cherries). It can be made with any ripe fruit, but the classic one, from the Limousin region, is made with unpitted cherries (not out of laziness of the cook, but because the pit provides a special flavour to the flan).
For a budget-friendly dessert, check out our Top 10 Desserts Under 50 Cents.