July is a very special month for us here at Tefal Australia HQ, as we celebrate our proud French heritage, especially our famous cuisine. French cuisine and the amazing produce is one of the main reasons why France is the ultimate destination for food lovers.
We have asked some of our team members (French, of course!) what they recommend as their recommendations on the most iconic French food and they happily obliged. So this July join us in celebrating and bring a taste of France to your home with these 10 must-try French dishes.
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t know what this delicious French staple is. Crêpes is a type of very thin pancake that originated from the northwest region of France called Brittany. It can be enjoyed sweet or savoury and there are so many different ways of serving them whether sprinkled with some lemon and sugar, slathered with Nutella or loaded with ham and cheese.
Coq au Vin
Coq au vin is a rustic French stew of braised chicken dish traditionally made with red wine, lardons and mushrooms. It can be slow cooked or pressure cooked to save time and a great winter warmer recipe to have for those colder nights.
Moules mariniere is a culinary classic French dish that is so quick to put together. Think fresh seafood, white wine and shallots and served with a slice or two of crusty bread to soak up all the delicious broth then paired with a glass of white wine.
Boeuf or Beef Bourguignon is a hearty beef stew braised in red wine and beef stock with some lardons, mushrooms and carrots and pearl onions. Cook it low and slow or quickly in a pressure cooker but whichever method you go, we recommend to cook an extra portion as it will taste even better the following day.
Confit de Canard
Confit de Canard or also known as Duck Confit is a very popular dish in France and is considered one of the finest. Confit is a cooking process where the meat is salted and slowly cooked in its own fat or liquid. Back in the day, it was one of the ways of preserving food to prepare for cold winter days.
Ratatouille is a French vegetable stew packed with the freshest produce to remind you of bright summery days (and probably the Disney film with the same name!) . Super healthy, and containing the simplest of ingredients, this is a great meatless Monday recipe to have under your sleeve.
This is a classic French dessert which needs just 4 key ingredients - cream, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. Crème brûlée is an exquisitely rich dessert is made with a silky smooth custard topped with a hardened caramelised topping. Keep this in your dessert repertoire and impress your guests.
French Onion Soup
Nothing is more iconically French than this soup as the name goes. French Onion soup is the ultimate comfort food – think sweet caramelized onions, rich beef stock, a slice of toast topped with melty cheese. While caramelising onions does take a bit of patience, it is well worth the wait when you taste the incredible flavour. It's like a hug in a cup.
Pissaladière is a type of flatbread that is quite similar to pizza and topped with caramelized onions and studded with olives and anchovies. This dish originates from Nice, South of France and is great to serve during summer, where you can bring it to picnics!
Named after the hotel that created this dish, Tarte Tatin is a mixture of sticky caramel, sweet juicy apples and a layer of crispy puff pastry. This traditional French dessert is best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.