5 Easy French Meals from Clotilde of Chocolate & Zucchini

It's French Week on The Kitchn, and so we wanted to turn to one of our favorite French bloggers — Clotilde Dusoulier of the acclaimed Paris food blog Chocolate & Zucchini. Today is Clotilde's 7th blog anniversary! She shared with us five of her favorite quick, fresh, French meals for the busy fall season. From cauliflower gratin to oeuf cocotte — take a peek!

1 Mâche Salad with Endives and Beets - A lovely winter salad that plays off the sweetness of the beets and the slight bitterness of raw endives; the beets may be roasted in advance (they freeze well, too).

2 Cauliflower Gratin - A favorite in the weeknight rotation when I was growing up, warm and comforting. We would have it with brine-cured ham ("jambon de Paris") and a salad.

3 Soupe Poireaux Pommes de Terre (Leek and Potato Soup) - A classic French soup, velvety and lightly sweet from the leeks. A great use for a little good cream if you have it.

4 Oeuf Cocotte - Eggs baked in ramequins with various seasonings and ingredients — an endlessly customizable dish, great for brunch, too.

5 Buckwheat Galettes - Brittany-style savory crêpes: you make the batter the night before, and then each person cooks his own galette with the ingredients of his choice. My favorite is ham, grated gruyère and an egg.

What are your own favorite quick, French-inspired suppers for fall?

Visit Clotilde's blog: ... and wish her a very happy 7th blog birthday! Chocolate & Zucchini

(Images: Clotilde Dusoulier)

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