A simple baguette with cheese, a hearty Beef Bourguignon stew, a sky-high chocolate soufflé— there’s something for every taste in French cooking. French recipes are diverse in the extreme, from haute cuisine like coq au vin or cassoulet to cuisine nouvelle (new cooking) dishes like Chateaubriand.
This French ham soup celebrates leftover ham but is worthy of using ingredients from scratch, too.
Roast Chicken with Red Wine
Red wine lends its spectacular flavor to this classic French chicken recipe.
Pot-au-Feu Chicken Stew
This classic French stew brims with chicken, garlic and a lovely spice bouquet.
Roast Duck with Oranges
This duck recipes is a much simplified version of the French standard canard à l’ orange.
Grilled Orange-Vanilla Pound Cake with Strawberries
Grill slices of this delicately flavored pound cake in butter and top with the season’s best strawberries for a knock-out dessert.
30-Minute Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
Grilled cheese croutons are the perfect topper for this easy tomato soup.
Crunchy Grated Carrot Salad with Lime (Carottes Rapées)
A super easy, fresh-tasting carrot salad, starring lime, cumin and cayenne.
Soft Polenta and Black Bean Ragoût
As you eat soft polenta right out of the pot, it will slowly solidify. That phenomenon is one of the delightful textural changes you may enjoy in this preparation. An ideal accompaniment is grilled or roast, or even braised, lamb on top, cooked so the juices spill all over the polenta. If you grill or roast the lamb, use about 2 pounds lamb shoulder, rub it with a tablespoon of ground fennel seeds, salt, and pepper, and grill slowly (indirectly) or roast slowly (about 300°F) for 3 hours.
Croque-monsieur is the French version of a grilled ham-and- cheese sandwich. This recipe is the traditional croquet monsieur recipe, the closest to the original sandwich served in Parisian cafés in the early 1900s. Today, it’s a popular snack all over France, and the variations are countless. Remember, the better your bread, the better the sandwich.
Galette des Rois
Bring the sweet aromas of a French boulangerie to your kitchen with this easy Epiphany classic made with frozen puff pastry and an almond marzipan filling.
Coq au Vin
This somewhat simpler take on the French classic will soon make it a dinner table tradition.
Nicoise Potato Salad with Tuna
Take a trip to southern France with this salad of potatoes, tuna, asparagus, radishes and olives.
A little bit like a baked custard, a little bit like a cake—clafouti will remind you of everything you love about eggy French toast, bread pudding and crepes.