Question About French Dishes

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  1. ericg

    ericg

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    Hi,

    I'm a novice and would like to try a few of the French cooking staples. So what would be a concise list I should try? 

    Beef Bourgignon

    Onion Soup

    What else? thanks
     
  2. french fries

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    At the top of my head:

    - Pot-au-feu.

    - Coq au vin. 

    - Quiche Lorraine.

    - Cassoulet.

    - Blanquette de Veau.

    - Navarin d'agneau.

    - Boudin Noir. 

    - Lapin a la moutarde.

    - Magret de canard au poivre vert. 

    - Fricassee de volaille.
     
  3. chicagoterry

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    A few more ideas:

    Pissaladiere

    La Soupe au Pistou

    Salade Nicoise

    Souffle 

    Bouillabaisse
     
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  4. teamfat

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    Chicken fricassee?

    mjb.
     
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    Basically a kind of chicken braise that is kept white. Sautee the chicken pieces without coloration (keep them white), add aromatics and don't brown them, singer (add flour and toast the flour), add the braising liquid (white stock, or white wine and white stock), finish with cream, typically served with petits onions glaces a blanc (not colored), poached mushrooms, sometimes turnips, anything WHITE. You can serve with fresh pasta or boiled potatoes. 

    Here's an English language recipe: http://memoriediangelina.blogspot.com/2009/09/fricassee-de-poulet-l.html

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  6. teamfat

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    Actually I do know what it is.  My favorite is the version in James Peterson's "Sauces" book.  That is probably the one recipe I follow most closely.  OUr friend whose wife passed away Saturday morning is coming for dinner wednesday, maybe I'll make that for him - it is a real comfort food type of dish.

    mjb.
     
  7. slayertplsko

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    Confit de canard et lentilles braisées, pommes frites

    Ratatouille (I like to serve it with pork chops and rice)

    Côtes de porc à la normande (I like baked small new potatoes with this)

    Poulet au vinaigre, perhaps with estouffade de carottes

    Choucroute garnie à l'alsacienne

    Truites farcies (stuffed with spinach-and-cream stuffing, baked with white wine and then a reduction sauce is made with Dijon mustard, lemon juice and cream) - serve with baguette or bread
     
  8. samwest61

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    Search youtube for Raymond Blanc and pretty much do everything he says :)
     
  9. soesje

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    I second sam! raymond blanc is a very good teacher, making his recipes easy to follow.
     
  10. kaiquekuisine

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    maybe this is when you search google , youtube , or a great book. 

    Suggestion search for a copy of Larousse Gastronomique english copies have been available since 1961

    This book is a culinary encylopedia with a vareity of french recipes , techniques , etc... 

    I dont know the price, but my chef had a copy of it when she was younger , apperently its amazing. 
     
  11. chrisbelgium

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    If you're looking for the most popular and frequently made dishes in France and you're looking for a very no-nonsense basis, this is a book that I found very helpful and I still use it frequently;

    Also, these books belong to a series of cookbooks and, they are very cheap!

    Another highly recommended one is The food of Italy from the same series. Simply two must-have for anyone looking to get started in Italian or French cooking.
     
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  12. french fries

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    Gratin dauphinois! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
  13. ordo

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    Oui!

    The day i can master all these recipes i will say to myself: Now you're a trully home cook.
     
  14. chrisbelgium

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    How can anyone forget to mention that one? Deceptively easy to make if you ask me.
     
  15. ordo

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    I know its Swiss origined, but what about Fondue au fromage?
     
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  17. ordo

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    Pommes fondant?

     
  18. brianshaw

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    Nobody is hungry for French dessert?  How about crème caramel, Paris Brest, or tarte tatin?
     
  19. samwest61

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    Over the weekend I will make a gateau a la creme, will post a pic for you :)
     
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    How about a far breton aux pruneaux? Here's one I made. Very easy to make, delicious, and really unlike anything else I know.

     
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