French cuisine is distinctive, colorful, and rich in natural regional flavors. Some people may find it exquisite, but French food is generally easy to like. Its ingredients are easy-to-find and quite simple. Two of the most common elements of a French dining experience are cheese and wine, and these two are served basically everywhere in France. They’re served at cocktail parties, formal dinners, and in restaurants. Cheese and wine are not the end-all and be-all of French cuisine, though. There are a lot of interesting (and mouthwatering choices) that you should try out. Here are four of them.
This is a salad dish that originated from Nice, France. Its ingredients are hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, anchovies, and Nicoise olives. Some varieties add tuna (cooked or canned) and raw green beans. Some chefs prefer to prepare it with lettuce, while others do not. There are also Salade Nicoise versions that use salmon instead of tuna. Ritz-Carlton Hotel served its version with capers and vinaigrette back in 1941 while popular chef Nigella Lawson came out with a Salade Nicoise quick recipe using potatoes instead of croutons.
French Onion Soup or Soupe a l’oignon
This is one of the most popular traditional French dishes. In some parts of the country, this is even prepared regularly in homes. The two main ingredients of Soupe a l’oignon are beef stock and onion. Considered a dish for the poor during the time of the Romans, this soup is often served with melted cheese on top and some croutons. The onions in this onion soup are caramelized.
Coq au vin
A regional dish, Coq au vin is chicken that’s braised with wine, mushrooms, and lardons or bacon. Some versions use garlic and Burgundy – particularly the red variety. This dish was made popular by Julia Child through her book and TV show.
No, this is not the animated movie. Ratatouille is actually a stewed vegetable dish that originated from Provence. It is usually served as a meal or as a side dish. Likewise, it can be used as stuffing for other French dishes like omelettes. Ratatouille’s main ingredients are tomatoes, onions, zucchini, garlic, carrots, eggplant, basil, thyme, bell peppers, marjoram, and Provence herbs, among others