10 Classic French Dishes You Need to Know

Cheese tart with Pears

French cooking is based on a few classic dishes—master these, whether a beginner or not, and you will have a nice collection of classic French dishes.

French cuisine features many delicious appetizers, from simple to complex. A tart is an ideal recipe to start with as it feeds the whole group and you only have to slice it to serve. This amazing recipe for a tart made of Roquefort cheese and caramelized onion is a classic, and the taste is unbelievable. Just be sure that you use the tangy Roquefort cheese—one that is distinctly French—as it is essential and gives the tart its signature French flavor.

Plate of coq au vin with fork and knife

Many traditional French recipes began out of necessity as a way to make cheap foods taste great. Such is the case for this classic chicken dish, which is both hearty and amazing.

Coq au Vin means “rooster in wine” and it was devised as a way to cook the tough meat of the bird. It is a country-style dish now made with chicken that is filled with vegetables. It does require a few steps and many hours of unattended cooking time, but the techniques aren’t that difficult and the end result is worth the effort. This casserole may soon become a new family favorite! [ . . . ]

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