Classic French Dishes
Classic French dishes are known worldwide for their finesse and flavour. Relying on simple combinations of rich and natural flavours, French cuisine is so highly regarded that in 2010 UNESCO added it to its list of intangible cultural heritage.
For many, their introduction to French food comes in the shape of wine and cheeses. From Camembert to Chardonnay, there are many delicious pairings to choose from. But there is a whole world of French cuisine beyond the cheeseboard. To help you discover more about French cuisine, here is our list of some classic French dishes.
Soupe à l’oignon
French Onion soup consists of onions and beef stock, usually served with croutons and melted cheese on the top. Dating back as far as the Roman times, soupe à l’oignon was traditionally a peasant dish, although the modern interpretation dates to the 18th Century.
The soup's unique flavour comes from the caramelization of the onions, often topped with brandy or sherry during the slow cooking process. Often regarded as a fisherman’s favourite, the soup is known for its dollop of garlic and saffron mayonnaise on top.
Coq au Vin
The classic French dish sees chicken braised with wine, mushrooms, bacon, onions, garlic and mushrooms! Although the name translates to chicken in wine, it is a lot more complicated than that!
The wine used is typically Burgundy, although you may find different regional variations of the dish across France, using local wines. These include coq au vin jaune (Jura) and coq au Riesling (Alsace). There is even a coq au Champagne.
Hailing from the same region as Coq au Vin, Burgundy, there are similarities between the two very classic French dishes! Boeuf bourguignon is a stew made from beef braised in red wine, beef broth and seasoned vegetables including onions and mushrooms!
Originally a dish of peasants, this recipe is now a staple in French restaurants around the world. Traditionally, cheap cuts of meat would be tenderized in wine for two days to intensify the flavours, however the recipe has now been widely adapted! It is so popular that every August in Burgundy, the Fête du Charolais celebrates the dish, along with plenty of music and wine.
The most classic French dessert, the word soufflé comes from the French verb “to blow”, and as the name suggests, it is a light and airy dessert. Dating once again back to the 18th Century, it is a staple of restaurants around the world. The crispy chocolatey crust hides an inner layer of creamy chocolate seep out for a rich surprise! However, if sweet is not your thing, there are also savoury soufflé options! With cheese soufflés being just as popular if you are interested in something saltier!
We hope that these classic French dishes have not made you too hungry! If we have missed any of your favourites, let us know! Interested in trying out some Spanish dishes? Why not check out our list of 5 of the best Spanish breakfasts!