Magret de Canard
When done right this is the best fucking thing in the world. Magret is French for breast, so if you were paying attention Magret de Canard means...
You got it “Duck Breast”. Seriously Magret de Canard is a must have, and is also a safe bet when at a restaurant you don’t know in France.
Confit de Canard
Another great duck dish. Can we all please admit that duck is good as fuck.
Soupe à L’oignon
I don’t think I really need to say much about onion soup. It’s good.
This dish I have never actually had cooked in a restaurant in France, but I had it first in France. My second year we spent a week in Basque country (home of the Basque people in the western Pyrenees that spans the border between France and Spain on the Atlantic coast). It’s beautiful there so obviously I was obsessed. In my obsession I began to research the Basque Country and came across this recipe and decided to try it out. Oh mon Dieu!
Here’s the recipe.
Foie gras is the liver of a duck or goose force fed corn to fattened it up. It sounds bad I know but it’s soooooo good. You can have it cold, smeared on a piece of baguette with jam or seared or many other ways. However you like it, foie gras is hype.
We’ve all seen the movie, well for those that haven’t ratatouille is a stewed vegatable dish. It normally contains tomatoes, garlic, onion, zucchini, eggplant and bell peppers. There are many variations and as with any popular food item sometimes it’s amazing and other times not so amazing.
Ahhhh, the venerable souffle. It can be chocolate, cheese fruit or whatever. Regardless of how you have it, it’s delicious. I’m not sure if that’s correct English to have it and it’s right next to each other. One of my pet peeves is bad grammar on the web so I hope that’s correct. If not then fuck it.
I must admit, I’ve never had this before, but how can this not taste amazing.
Wikipedia: Cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked casserole originating in the south of France, containing meat (typically pork sausages, goose, duck and sometimes mutton), pork skin (couennes) and white beans (haricots blancs).
I love a good steak tartare. Howeverthat word “good” is essential. I’ve had both my worst and my best steak tartare in France. So word of advise, don’t order steak tartare at just any place. You might get a raw hamburger patty with cut up cornichons, capers, a raw egg and raw onions on the side that tastes like shit.
French beef stew. Translation: beef braised in red wine and beef broth. When done right it’s extremely tender and super flavorful. A must have for sure.
Coq au Vin
Chicken braised in wine. Seeing a trend here? Try this anywhere in France and you won’t be disappointed.
I love a good rotisserie chicken and it seems that around every corner in Paris you can find a beautiful moist rotisserie chicken. Sold at the boucherie (butcher shop) for around €6, plus add another 2 for the pomme de terre (potatoes) that have been marinating in the chicken juice and you’ve got a good cheap meal for 2-3 people.
Potatos gratin done the French way. No cheese necessary, just milk. So good and not as heavy.
I know, snails not the most appetizing. However, if you can get past the whole snail thing you have to try this at least once in France. For real.