Most Traditional French Dishes


French cuisine is undoubtedly one of the most significant on the planet. It’s elegant, colorful and delicious foods can dazzle anyone, and that’s why missing out on France’s best dishes while strolling around the Eiffel Tower or lovely streets in Marseille’s old town would be a sin!

After all, French gastronomy has become a part of the UNESCO cultural heritage list for a reason – with famous chefs such as Paul Bocuse and the great La Mere Brazier.  Let’s have a look at some of the best dishes you can have in France!

French Onion Soup

Tracing back all the way to the Roman times, the French Onion Soup or soupe à l’oignon regained its popularity back in 1960 thanks to the United States Of America and its interest in the French Cuisine.

This heartwarming and lovely soup consists of beef broth and slowly cooked caramelized onions and served with croutons and cheese on top, usually as a starter.

Especially good in the colder winter days!

Coq au Vin

Coq au Vin is a French classic that, like the best cooking in any country, comes from the working class making due with what they had. This poulty-base dish is cooked long and low in red wine and vegetables, and is truly, truly delicious.

Curious how to make it the right way? See how we make Coq au Vin with our simple and delicious recipe!

Croque Monsieur

One of the absolute French classics, Croque Monsieur meaning “mister crunch” is simply a ham & cheese sandwich recording its first appearance in Paris all the way back to 1910.

Traditionally made out of boiled ham which sits between the slices of bread and is topped with grated cheese. After it is salted and peppered, it is baked in the oven or fried in a frying pan.

While many variants of the sandwich exist, another very popular version is Croque Madame coming with a poached or fried egg on top.

Quiche

A longtime member of French cuisine, Quiche is also popular in other countries.

It has a savory taste and the open flan is filled with eggs, cream or milk and can have meat, cheese, vegetables or even seafood. Other types of Quiche can be found with ingredients such as mushrooms or spinach.

Served both cold and hot, it works both ways and has gained popularity as great party food.

Nicoise Salad

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Nicoise Salad is one of the most well-known and typical French salads originating from the Provence region. It is also probably one of the most debated dishes out there, with so many famous chefs creating new variations and sparking heated discussions between traditionalists and innovators.

The traditional salad version consists of hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, anchovies, Nicoise olives with an olive oil dressing. Fresh or canned tuna might be added as well.

Nicoise Salad has been enjoying its fame and popularity since the 20th century to this very day. Even Gordon Ramsey referred to it as the finest summer salad of all.

Ratatouille

Another fantastic dish from the Provence region in France. Sometimes known as Ratatouille Nicoise, it’s a stewed vegetable dish that can be served either as a side dish, main or stuffing for foods like an omelet.

Main ingredients include a large array of vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, zucchini, aubergine, bell peppers, carrots, eggplant alongside with marjoram, garlic, fennel, and basil.

Vegetables usually are cooked separately in a pan on high heat and then baked in the oven in a dish and can become a tasty rainbow on your plate!

The Escargot

Now let’s head to the more exotic side of the French cuisine and meet The Escargot which simply means snails.

The preparation involves killing, purging and removing the snail from its shell and then cooking either with garlic butter, chicken stock or red wine. After finishing cooking the snails, they are placed back into their shells with sauce and butter with a possibility of additional components such as parsley, garlic, thyme or pine nuts.

Popular in many other countries like Spain or Greece, and continents such as Africa, its history can be traced back to the prehistoric times while the Romans held The Escargot as an elite food.

If you are looking for something interesting and unusual, trying some yummy snails in France is your best bet!

Tarte Tatin

Let’s complete our food journey through the French cuisine on a sweet note!

Once upon a time, 160km south of Paris, Stephanie Tatin, one of the two sisters that ran a hotel, was overworked. Being tired and cooking a traditional apple pie resulted in the smell of burnt pie and the pie being left cooking in butter and sugar for too long.

By trying to rescue the dish she placed pastry base on top and cooked again. Little did she know that by doing that and turning it upside down, that burnt apple pie it will become the signature hotel dish. And that’s how the Tarte Tatin was born, at least according to one of the popular legends!

The delicious Tarte Tatin is a pastry dish with its sole and main ingredient apple, but some varieties exist with fruits like peaches or pineapple.

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