French food is appreciated all over the world with restaurants serving Haute Cuisine and traditional dishes to discerning diners in major cities in just about every country. French chefs run cookery courses and people just love to learn how to create these marvellous dishes in their own homes. Preparing them can be great fun, especially for dinner parties. It is so satisfying to see all your guests appreciating the dishes you have cooked for them.
The French are very particular when it comes to cooking and food is taken extremely seriously. There is no rushing when eating a meal that has been cooked to perfection using the best ingredients and I love to sit down to a dinner knowing that I have all the time in the world to enjoy it with my guests or family. There are some amazing dishes which everyone loves whether it is ‘boeuf Bourguignon’ or ‘coq au vin’ both of which are great for dinner parties because it means you can prepare them well in advance. In fact the longer they cook, the better they taste.
I have always loved ‘frogs legs’ and although many people might turn their noses up at the idea of eating this dish, if well prepared it is truly delicious. I particularly like the way the way they cook ‘cuisse de grenouille’ in the south of France. Fried slowly in butter with lots of garlic and parsley, I like to add just a little ‘jambon’ to the recipe and then serve the dish piping hot with lots of crusty French bread.
Then of course there are snails, escargots and again although many people outside of France may think this is a somewhat strange dish, I do love them. The land snails that are prepared in Escargots Bourguignons are simply delicious and a lot of ingredients go into the preparation including a couple of tablespoons of brandy. The combination of butter, parsley, garlic, shallots, herbs and cayenne pepper is wonderful. I love to eat escargots in restaurants as a starter, but I also like preparing them myself at home.
Another famous French dish which you either love or hate is steak tartare. With this very traditional dish only the best and freshest beef is used, and it should be frozen for at least 14 days so that any contaminants are destroyed. The Dijon mustard and fresh egg yolks mixed with parsley, salt and pepper and then a dash of Tabasco sauce added to the meat, makes this a superb meal especially served with really crisp French fries.
If like me you adore rich French cuisine, then pâté de foie gras with truffles is probably the most luxurious fare one would ever taste. I absolutely adore serving foie gras on very thinly cut slices of toasted bread with lots of good quality butter as a starter for the ‘reveillon’, our dinner Christmas Eve dinner.
The world would not be the same without the French culinary delights that we have come to love and know. There are so many traditional dishes as well as the classic ones which are known all over the world. The great part about it all is that we can find superb recipes online these days, so find a French dish for a dinner party has been made incredibly easy.