French cuisine is built upon years of perfecting the best dishes, desserts, and beverages to be introduced to the world. French cuisine is without a doubt considered one of the best, if not the best in the world.
But, you don’t have to be a professional chef to enjoy and even cook French dishes. You just need to be passionate when preparing these meals and of course, have the key ingredients.
Here are three of the best French foods in the world you need to try to cook and eat at least once in your life.
Coq au vin
Nothing represents French cuisine like the Coq au vin. If you’re a fan of the great Julia Child, then you’ve surely seen this dish before.
Coq au vin is a quintessential French food with Chicken as the star.
The chicken is slowly and perfectly braised with fine wine (sometimes brandy), mushrooms, onions, lardons, and garlic. Throughout the years, chefs experimented with this dish by elevating the flavour with additional ingredients.
For example, renowned French chef Paul Bocuse adds butter, cognac, carrot, flour, and a few spices in the mix. The result is astounding.
But, nothing beats the original recipe of a freshly cut chicken breast or leg swimming and simmering in a red Burgundy wine. To catch the essence of this dish, make sure to use fresh ingredients.
For this one, we go to the sweeter side of French cuisine. This dessert dates back to the 18th century. Soufflé, not souffle, in English, means to “blow out.” This dessert is a baked egg-based dish, airy and light. Then add chocolate to the mix to give it that sweet spot.
This dish can be served as the main dish or dessert. But, in most cases, it is served during the final part of the meal. Cooking this dessert will only take you 10 to 20 minutes if you know what you are doing.
If not, then it will take longer, but that’s what it’s all about right? When cooking this, make sure to get the timing right. To start you off, the ingredients you need are eggs, butter, egg white, caster sugar, and pastry chocolate or dark pastry chocolate.
You’ve probably seen the Disney movie “Ratatouille” by now. If you haven’t go see it right now and be inspired to cook this dish. Ratatouille is a symphony of freshly cooked vegetables including tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, carrots, bell pepper, onions, garlic, basil, thyme, and other green herbs.
Ratatouille is a versatile meal because it can be the main course or a supporting side dish. Getting the spices right with this dish takes practice and patience. But if you can capture the dish, then your loved ones are in for a treat.
Other chefs add varieties or meat or egg in a Ratatouille vegetable mix. But, just like with Coq au vin, you can’t beat the original.
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