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Best French Cuisine Recipes for a Fancy Dinner

Best French Cuisine Recipes for a Fancy Dinner Chanterelle mushroom, cheese and thyme homemade delicious tart (quiche)

Are you getting ready for a fancy dinner? Is there someone special in your life you want to impress with some of the tastiest most delicious dishes of the world? Here is a list of the best French cuisine dishes you can try! 

I recently made a French friend and - no surprise here - a lot of our talking revolves around food. Because I feel like the French know exactly what's up when it comes to overlapping complex flavors, great textures and especially technique. That's why I thought I could give a rundown of the most famous French cuisine recipes and get to cooking! Parlez-vous français? Don't worry, you don't need it to read this following list. The only phrase you need to understand is actually 'Bon appetit!'

8 best French cuisine recipes to try

1. Coq au vin

Welcome to the celebrated coq au vin where it’s all about braising. First, sear the chicken legs in butter and flambé them with cognac. Cook them in wine, and flavor them with thyme, bay leaf, garlic, and tomato sauce. Enrich them with mushrooms cooked in butter.

2. Confit de canard

This will take some time to prepare a la carte so, be prepared. It’s mainly about getting the duck meat ready by flavoring it with thyme, garlic, shallot, and plenty of salt, then refrigerating for 1-2 days. Then it’s all about slow cooking in duck fat. Serve the savory tender meat with some veggies on the side.

3. Beef Burgundy

This celebrated French stew takes some time to prepare, but it worth every minute. Red wine is a must (and a Burgundy wine is the ideal one). It is a meaty and hearty dish. It combines the tender beef with some delicious bacon and it brings together the mushrooms and other delicious veggies.

4. Lamb liver pate with garlic glaze

This is just a 30-minute job but be patient while it refrigerates overnight. It is mainly a starter but can be very well served as a snack. It is buttery in the most exquisite way and mildly hot from the garlic and pepper added in the pate and in the glaze. When serving it, double its smooth texture with the crunchy almond flake topping.

5. Ratatouille

What about the celebrated colorful French vegetable stew, Ratatouille? It is a healthy dish: low-cal, low-fat, low-protein, and not at all high in carbs. In addition, this is a gluten-free and dairy-free version. Add the sliced veggies on a bed of rosemary-flavored, acidic, and hot tomato mixture. Cover them with the same thick sauce before baking for an hour.

6. Vanilla creme caramel

Address your sweet tooth needs with this extremely fancy dessert, extra-sweet and served with style. The creme caramel is a delicious custard covered with a caramelized sugar crust. Also, use caramelized sugar to coat the ramekins before adding the custard. Flavor the milky and creamy custard itself with vanilla. Oh, and carefully handle the blowtorch when further caramelizing the topping sugar.

7. Crepes suzette

This French sweet treat can be seen as crepes on steroids. Whoever Suzette was, this is going to be a real treat for your sweet tooth. It’s the sauce that makes this so special. The caramelized sugar gets some serious improvement by means of butter and mildly sour orange.

8. Classic eclairs

Everybody heard about the celebrated eclairs, right? Don’t you think it’s pretty much the time to try making your own? Follow the steps to see how you make your own “choux” pastry, a must in the case of an authentic eclair. Then prepare the vanilla-flavored filling. You need mainly eggs, milk and flour to concoct these. Bon Appetit!


I’m a pop culture nerd who thinks too much about fried bacon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and life, the Universe and everything. I love food and sometimes you can see that on my hips, but I don't care that much about that.
What I do care more about is trying to eat healthier, even though I admit that I like to indulge in my food fantasies. I’m addicted to puns, so forgive me for that when you read my articles. I now know too much about nutrition to be fun to hang out with. So long and thanks for all the fish-based omega-3 fatty acids.

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