We may not be fluent in French, but here at British Corner Shop we ARE fluent in food! And with the final stage of the Tour de France taking place this weekend, we thought we would celebrate some of the most famous and iconic French food.
Top ten most iconic French food
French Onion Soup
A thick, comforting and deeply satisfying soup made with slowly caramelised onions in a rich broth. Topped with a slice of thick bread loaded with melty Gruyere cheese, it’s no wonder this soup is known as ‘the Queen of soups’.
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The quintessential French sweet treat, crêpes are super simple to make and can be filled with whatever you fancy such as lemon and sugar, Nutella, or fresh fruit and cream. And if you’re looking to try something a little different, why not load it with a tasty savoury topping instead? We like the idea of creamy chicken and mushroom filling, or perhaps a melted cheese and spinach variation.
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Coq au Vin
Unbelievably tasty, Coq au Vin is one of France’s most famous dishes. There’s chicken, lardons and mushrooms, all slowly cooked with red wine and garlic, to produce a dish that’s simply mouthwatering. This dish has stood the test of time, and is the kind of good-natured food you should enjoy on a lazy weekend, served with a spoonful or two of creamy mashed potatoes.
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A simple and classic dish, moules marinière is fast food at its best. Fresh mussels cooked in a white wine broth with shallots, parsley and garlic, with a splash of cream added at the end. Serve with some traditional French bread for dunking, and a plate of frites too!
MOULES MARINIÈRE 🐚🐚🐚 Made this last night and it was delicious ✌🏻️ For 4-6p: Wash the mussels (2kg) under cold water and discard any open ones. Chop 3 onions (shallots) and 3 cloves of garlic! Fry in a large pan for a few minutes! Add 400ml of white wine, 400ml of cream, salt and pepper. Let it cook for a few minutes. Add the mussels and cook for 4-5 minutes (until they are open)! Serve with fresh parsley and bread 🙌🏻 #moules #moulesfrites #moulesmariniere #mussels #musslor #frenchfood #food #dinner #dinnertime #recipe #foodlove #recept #mat #summer #glutenfree #foodie #foodpics #healthy #sea #seafood #seafoodlover #parsley #yummy #fresh #seafood
Not everyone’s cup of tea, we’ll admit, but there’s something incredibly primal about eating raw meat. Served with goodies including capers, chives, shallots and a raw egg, it can be a delicious meal (when done properly that is!).
So iconic it had a movie named after it, ratatouille is a hearty Provençal vegetable stew that’s about as French as you can get. No list of French food would be complete without it.
Melted cheese and hunks of bread for dunking. Need we say more? This dish is surely the stuff of cheese lovers’ dreams, and is a great dish to serve when entertaining friend and family. Make with comté, emmental or gruyère cheese for a truly authentic Savoyarde dish.
Snails cooked in garlic, butter and parsley. Typically served as a starter in France, we’ll forgive you if you’re too grossed out to try them. Just means there’s more for us!
Heralding from the North East of France, madeleines are buttery sponge cakes traditionally baked in scallop-shaped Madeleine moulds. Often flavoured with lemon or almond, these cakes are like little pieces of heaven.
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Packed full of flavour, this French salad is one of the best combination of salad ingredients ever. Don’t fall into the trap of making it with tinned tuna, which would be a travesty. Instead opt for fresh tuna steaks – it will be worth it!
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Have you ever tried one of these dishes? We’d love to hear from you so leave a comment below.