French Recipes & Food Ideas
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Crème Brûlée, Meet Pie — And Live Happily Ever After
Thanksgiving Food Fest 2020
When you slice into this pie, the shards of caramel combine with the creamy custard and the crisp crust, and it’s heavenly.
Nov 17, 2020
Caramelized Onion Skillet Quiche Is the Best Way to Win Brunch
It's savory, sweet, and deceptively easy to make.
Oct 21, 2020
The Secret to Better Mashed Potatoes? Cook Them Like The French Do.
They're irresistibly light and fluffy.
Oct 18, 2020
How To Make French Onion Soup in the Slow Cooker
Perfect French onion soup, absolutely hands-off. This is why slow cookers exist, you guys.
Sep 30, 2020
Dessert is Optional. (But We Do Love It!)
There’s something exciting about dessert in our house — shocking, even. Dessert rarely appears at the table, even though we have no specific rules about sweets. Every now and then one of the children will make a request — usually cookies, a love they inherited from their dad — or I’ll feel nostalgic for something like cobbler, vinegar pie, or homemade Magic Shell over ice cream. Dessert is not a required course and we definitely don’t need it to survive.
Sep 30, 2020
Homemade Mayonnaise vs. Duke’s: A Family Decision
Once again, South Carolina favorite Duke’s mayonnaise is in the news. According to the Washington Post, it has a cult following. And it’s a pretty large cult: Duke’s ranks third, behind Hellman’s and Kraft. As a South Carolina native, I weep for the rest of the nation, especially those who haven’t realized Duke’s is clearly the superior choice. And yet, while the commercial choice is obvious to me, I wondered how it compared to homemade.
Sep 30, 2020
My Adventures in Venison Lead Me, At Last, to Liver Pâté
When I decided to try deer hunting, I made a pact with myself. I would use every part I could of any deer I brought home. The tenderloin, ground meat, and roasts were easy. We had burgers, venison Wellington, cheese steak sandwiches, spaghetti Bolognese, grilled roast, Sloppy Joes, chili — pretty much any dish that could be made with beef. And they were delicious, a little richer than normal, and a whole lot leaner.
Sep 30, 2020
Clafoutis Is the Rustic French Dessert That Uses Whatever Fruit You've Got
French clafoutis is mixed up in just one bowl, can be customized with an array of stone fruit, and bakes up with a soft, custardy texture.
Aug 9, 2020
To Picard with Love: How France’s Frozen Wonderland Became My Lockdown Hero
Freezer Week
Imagine the frozen aisle at Trader Joe’s — the frozen chests plus the small assortment of snacks, chips, and canned goods organized on top — and multiply that by five and you get Picard.
Aug 13, 2020
Our 25 Best Classic & Inspired French Desserts
Crème brûlée is just the start.
Jul 17, 2020
Add This 20-Minute French Bistro Salad to Your Weeknight Dinner Rotation
When you're craving salad for dinner but need it to fill you up, this is the one to make.
Jun 22, 2020
8 French Kitchen Brands You Need to Know About
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Beyond Staub and Le Creuset!
May 18, 2020
For the Fluffiest Homemade Gnocchi, Cook Them As the French Do
Crispy on the outside and light-as-air on the inside.
Mar 15, 2020
Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches Are Super Meaty and Cheesy
Here's the easiest way to make a French dip at home.
Mar 2, 2020
These Adorable Mini Dutch Baby Pancakes Are the Perfect Shape for Holding Syrup
Tasty and cute — a winning combination!
Feb 6, 2020
Two Vegan Mayonnaise Recipes
There are many versions of prepared vegan ‘mayonnaise’ out there on the grocery shelves. But they’re also quite simple to make at home where you can adjust the sweetness/tang ratio to your taste. Read on for two versions, one made with tofu and another made with almonds.Raw Almond MayoThis recipe calls for peeled raw almonds (making it also is good for raw foodists.
Feb 5, 2020
Vegan Recipe: Quick and Tangy Artichoke Barigoule
Bar-eee-gooul! It just rolls of the tongue, doesn’t it? This is a dish of artichoke hearts stewed in white wine from the Provence region of France. It’s light and tangy, perfect for spooning over a bowl of pasta or even just piling on a piece of toast for a mid-day meal. Our version takes advantage of frozen artichoke hearts so the whole dish comes together quickly and easily in just a few minutes.
Feb 5, 2020
One-Skillet French Onion Chicken Is the Best Thing You'll Eat This Week
This is the chicken dinner I keep coming back to.
Feb 4, 2020
Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade
I always thought tapenade was just a mixture of smashed-up olives, and I never understood the fuss. Turns out it’s a much more complex dish, where other bold flavors mingle with the assertive olives to create something that can be a dip, topping, or spread. This version mixes in sweet roasted red peppers and lots of lemon for a citrus-y punch. The heartbeat of tapenade of course lies in olives.
Feb 3, 2020
Perfecting Cannelé
I wish I could say that I first tasted cannelés in France, escaping from a Bordeaux bakery with a glossy brown cake that could easily fit in the palm of my hand and eating it while it was still warm. This is where my boyfriend had his cannelé epiphany. He claims it was so good that it just isn’t possible for any other cannelé, anywhere outside of Bordeaux, to compete.
Feb 3, 2020
Word of Mouth: Brandade
Brandade noun: Originating from the south-central French regions of Languedoc and Provence, brandade is a simple, yet hearty spread made of salt cod, olive oil, and milk. Sometimes garlic or potatoes are added. It’s served warm on slices of crusty, rustic bread with a green salad.There are similar versions of brandade in the other Mediterranean countries where salt cod is a staple, such as Spain and Italy.BrandadeIngredients1/2 lb (8 oz.
Feb 3, 2020
Côte d’Azur: Piccata de Veau è la Poutargue
It’s Escapes Month, so we asked a few of our friends to share inspiration from their travels. Here is a delicious piece of sun, sand, and bottarga from the Côte d’Azur and Lucy of Lucy’s Kitchen Notebook.On the Côte d’Azur, we escape to our secret beach before the cicadas begin to hum. Morning shadows still long, cedars on the hill protect the little harbor from the sun. The sun is piercing through in spots along the shore and we settle down.
Feb 3, 2020
Classy Weeknight Recipe: Provençal Macaroni and Cheese
Tomatoes, garlic, and olives play a major role in the cuisine of Provence, France. This stands to reason since it cozies right up against Italy and shares much of the same Mediterranean growing climate. It also gives us a good excuse to combine the best parts of both cultures in one cheesy bowl of pasta.This stovetop mac and cheese comes together in about the time it takes the pasta to cook. You can even put your pasta water on to boil and then proceed with prepping the ingredients.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: 15-Minute Fresh Tomato and Feta Tart
The tomato tart is a classic summer dish. It stands alone as a great appetizer, makes a light brunch with an egg on top, or supports the lead as a charming side dish with grilled chicken or seafood. It has a surprise ingredient of cinnamon — borrowed from the dishes in the Mediterranean — that works to bring together the briny feta and rich tang of cream cheese into one glorious homage to tomatoes that you can pull together in just 15 minutes.
Feb 3, 2020
Slow Cooker Recipe: Cheesy Panade with Swiss Chard, Beans & Sausage
Part bread stuffing, part French Onion soup, 100% delicious.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: French Onion Soup Casserole
If you’ve got leftover caramelized onions, or you are about to make a recipe that uses them, double up. And while you’re at it, grab that loaf of leftover bread because you are about to embark on a trip to France in one delicious vegetarian casserole based on the famous soupe à l’oignon gratinée.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Summer Vegetable Gratin
A summer vegetable dish worth turning the oven on for.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Wine-Poached Salmon Steaks
Almost any cooking technique you apply to salmon shows off its impressive versatility. After all, this rich and fatty fish is called “the king of fish” for a reason. Poaching takes advantage of salmon’s high fat content, slow transforming the flesh into a seasoned, buttery-tasting dish you can actually make on a weeknight in under an hour with 10 ingredients or less — and that’s including the salt and pepper!
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Salmon Rillettes
If you don’t know what salmon rillettes are, you’re missing out. Creamy but light, flavorful without being overpowering, think of it as salmon’s answer to paté. It’s a spread that’s sure to impress, and it’s deceptively simple to make. This version comes from Talbott & Arding, an upscale larder in Hudson, New York.
Feb 3, 2020
This Salmon Niçoise Salad Is the Perfect Easy Meal for Summer
It's a fun, flavorful twist on the classic.
Feb 3, 2020
Before & After: This $500 French Rental Redo Is Packed with Brilliant Ideas
Before & After
There's even a smart idea for dealing with ugly pipes that you can't move!
Jan 29, 2020
The Unconventional Ingredient That Makes Serious Eats’ French Onion Soup So Good
One teaspoon is all it takes to make the soup taste infinitely better.
Jan 30, 2020
Recipe: Mason Jar Tuna Niçoise
This salad is the reason to use a Mason jar for your lunch box.
Jan 29, 2020
This Gluten-Free Spring Pizza Will Whisk You Away to France
A two-ingredient crust meets some of the season's best veggies.
Jan 29, 2020
How to Make Traditional French Cassoulet
Cassoulet, a hearty slow-simmered stew of sausage, confit (typically duck), pork, and white beans, is one of the great hallmarks of French country cuisine. Here’s how to make it at home.
Jan 29, 2020
How To Make a French Omelette
A well-made omelette is a thing of magnificence. It’s soft and custard-like, golden-yellow, and best eaten while still piping hot from the skillet. An omelette makes a fantastic breakfast seasoned with just salt and pepper, but it’s also a mighty fine delivery vehicle for anything from diced ham to sautéed mushrooms, eaten any time of day. Omelettes can also be intimidating in their simplicity. No more!
Jan 29, 2020
Inspiration from a French Inn: Cocktail Maison
Can you guess what gives this Champagne cocktail its peachy-pink blush? After I sampled a glass of it, I just had to find out. My friend Hillary discovered this sparkling cocktail years ago while traveling through the French countryside. She was staying in small inn with an adjoining restaurant. An assortment of cocktails were offered before dinner as apéritifs. Hillary chose the house specialty, the cocktail maison. It was cool and effervescent.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe Review: Lillet Liberté Cocktail for Bastille Day Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Just because the 4th of July weekend is over doesn’t mean our look at quick and easy celebratory cocktails has to end. After all, Bastille Day’s just around the corner, storming in next Thursday, July 14th. Here’s a light and lovely 3-ingredient cocktail to toast the occasion: the Liberté featuring the summery, citrusy apéritif, Lillet Blanc.When I first spotted this cocktail on the menu at an event I attended the other week, I was eager to give it a try.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Farçous (French Chard Fritters)
These chard fritters are a perfect example of the French culinary ability to transform a few humble ingredients into something greater than the sum of their parts.
Jan 22, 2020
Homemade Crêpes
nutella The Basic Recipe Crêpes Makes about 20 crêpes, enough for 6-8 adults 1 cup milk 1 cup all-purpose flour 3 eggs 3 Tablespoons melted butter Whisk all the ingredients together either by hand, with a blender, or in a food processor. It should form a smooth, fairly runny batter. If the batter is too stiff, add a little more milk. If you have time, let the batter rest for 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator.
Jan 22, 2020
Recipe: Lunchtime Crêpes with Leftovers
Definitely not a foolproof take-it-to-work lunch, but for those that work from home (or want to save this for the weekend), we love whipping together some crêpe batter the night before, letting it rest and then filling it with whatever we’ve got on hand for lunch the next day. It’s warm, it’s satisfying and it’s quick.We’ve really gotten into working from home and being able to use our kitchen garden for lunches like these.
Jan 22, 2020
How To Make Perfect Crêpes: 5 Tips from Suzette
When she was a pastry chef at Chez Panisse, Jehnee Rains was asked to develop the restaurant’s recipe for Crêpes Suzette. From the testing and retesting of several versions, she came up with what turned out to be the Holy Grail of sweet crêpes. She shared a few unusual tips that make these perfectly sweet crêpes stand out — and one very unusual ingredient. Can you guess? Jehnee’s secret ingredient is… BEER!
Jan 22, 2020
How To Make Delicate, Lacy Crêpes: The Simplest, Easiest Method
These six-ingredient wonders do everything from breakfast to dinner to dessert.
Jan 21, 2020
How To Make Nutella Crêpe Cake
Some desserts were just made for Pinterest — and for the adoring oohs and aahs of a rapt crowd. It was only a matter of time before the delicate French classic, gâteau de crêpes, became the dessert that slays. A stack of what seems like a thousand paper-thin crêpes, sandwiched with billowing cream, this dessert was born hundreds of years too early for Instagram, but it’s back — and it’s an internet sensation.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: French Chocolate and Pear Clafoutis
A quick, custardy treat to bake for dessert tonight or breakfast tomorrow morning.
Jan 21, 2020
The Fire and Soul of Fondue
Why do we crave food to bless a union, lavish a birth, or bury the dead? Why toast the future and savor the past? Why do we use bread and bones and salt and wine to tell the stories of ourselves and our people that cannot possibly be told in any other way? Because we like to give meaning to our food, and food to our meaning. Ask any anthropologist — humans like ritual. Food and ritual are bound together like birthday and cake, Easter and egg, or even breakfast and bed.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Free-Form Apple Tart
As we wrap up edits on The Kitchn’s upcoming cookbook, I’ve been thinking a lot about my first book, The Greyston Bakery Cookbook, published in 2007. I learned many tough lessons that first go-around about how to make a book, but one thing I still return to and use is the recipes. There are many I make regularly when it comes time to get dessert on the table.
Jan 21, 2020
Flammekueche (Tarte Flambée)
The name translates literally to "flame cake," but flammekueche is neither a cake, nor is it on fire.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Tomato Tarte Tatin
This unique take on a French classic is sure to win praise.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Ham, Asparagus & Gruyère Tart
What's not to love about a buttery, flaky tart crowned with roasted asparagus, diced ham, and a cheesy egg custard?
Jan 21, 2020
No One Needs to Know How Easy This Goat Cheese Tarte Solieil Is to Make
This warm, pull-apart tart is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Jan 21, 2020
How To Make Croissants
It’s probably a good thing that croissants are so fussy to make or I’d be eating them every day. As it is, the whole process of making the croissant dough, layering it with butter (and then more butter), shaping the rolls, and baking them to crispy perfection is at least a two-day affair. But friends, I have to tell you — it is so very worth it.
Jan 21, 2020
This Easy French Galette Is Packed with Mushrooms
Delicious Links
Oh la la!
Jan 20, 2020
The Secret to Better Fried Potatoes? Cook Them Like the French Do
Crispy potatoes tossed in garlic, butter, and parsley. What could be better?
Jan 14, 2020
What to Eat & Drink While Watching the Tour de France
I did not grow up watching a lot of television. This isn’t because my family had any real objection to television; I think it had more to do with the fact that my mom is German and hadn’t watched TV growing up and also that we were always busy running around doing something outside. Of course, there were exceptions: We watched cartoons on Saturday mornings (Thunder Cats!
Dec 17, 2019
My Healthy Morning: Lindsey Tramuta
Welcome to Kitchn’s series My Healthy Morning, where we show you how one person greets the day in a way that makes them feel their best. Each post will chronicle how that person defines healthy for themselves, and the habits and recipes that make their morning a little bit better. You may already be familiar with Lindsey Tramuta, a Paris-based journalist navigating her way through life and love in the land of butter and cheese.
Dec 17, 2019
8 Things These People Learned About Holiday Hosting from Their French Grandmas
Tips from The Kitchn
Important: Keep the wine flowing.
Dec 11, 2019
From Ajiaco to Za’atar: Around the World in 30 Soups
We've teamed up with chefs, cookbook authors, and our own Kitchn crew to share a globe-trotting adventure highlighting soups from across the globe.
Dec 3, 2019
Recipe: Cheesy Spinach Quiche
This cheesy spinach quiche will be the star of any spring table.
Nov 21, 2019
Dinner Recipe: Braised French Onion Chicken with Gruyère
Plus a tip for faster-cooking caramelized onions.
Nov 8, 2019
Recipe: Slow Cooker Boeuf Bourguignon
Boeuf bourguignon is so much more than just another beef stew.
Nov 7, 2019
Recipe: Weeknight Coq au Vin
Close enough to classic coq au vin to feel like the real deal.
Nov 7, 2019
Crème Brûlée Is Officially the Best Dessert You Can Make in Your Instant Pot
It makes quick and easy work of the often-fussy dessert.
Sep 30, 2019
Shockingly Delicious Vegan French Toast
It's just as bronzed and custardy as the original.
Sep 28, 2019
How To Make the Perfect, Classic Monte Cristo Sandwich
A step-by-step guide to mastering the delicious French sandwich at home.
Aug 3, 2019
This Almond-Rugelach & Cherry Pie Hybrid Is Totally Gluten-Free
Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine says this gluten-free cherry galette is her ode to California. The dough is inspired by a classic rugelach, and the inside is a combination of California cherries and frangipane.
Aug 1, 2019
What I Learned in France About Shopping for Fresh Produce
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I can't wait to put this tip to use back in the States!
Jul 25, 2019
The Best French Cookbooks, According to French Chefs
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According to Jacques Pepin, Daniel Boulud, and Dominique Ansel!
Jul 13, 2019
Socca Is the Gluten-Free, High-Protein Flatbread That Has Stolen My Heart
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I could eat it any time of day, any day of the week.
Jul 10, 2019
17 Easy French Recipes for Bastille Day (and Beyond)
Bastille Day is July 14, which is the perfect excuse to insert some Gallic flavor into your summer cooking. While we won’t be storming the Bastille anytime soon, that doesn’t mean we aren’t game for celebrating liberté, égalité, and fraternité in the best way. From drinks to main dishes to desserts, we have 17 easy French-inspired recipes for everyone who wants to Vive la Françe at the table.
Jul 8, 2019
How To Make French Meringue
The cookie you can totally eat three or four of!
Jun 9, 2019
How To Make Hand-Dipped Chocolates
Last week we met Alexandra Whisnant, French-trained chocolatier and owner of the boutique chocolate company gâté comme des filles, when she taught us how to temper chocolate without a thermometer. This week, we’ll learn how to hand dip creamy ganache fillings into our beautifully tempered chocolate. Like with the tempering process, Alexandra’s hand dipped chocolate requires no special equipment, just your willingness to have fun and get your hands deliciously dirty!
Jun 8, 2019