Popular French Food
France is renowned for its wines and cheese pairings. Their food is pretty amazing too! Food in France has become such an integral part of French culture that it was added to UNESCO’s world list of intangible cultural heritage in 2010. They use such simple ingredients to make the most amazing foods! Which of the French foods are the most popular? I’m so glad you asked!
Soupe à l’oignon
This is a traditional French soup made primarily of onion and beef stock. It is often served with croutons and melted cheese on top. The soup is made in a slow cooker, but that’s not the best part. The onions are caramelised with either brandy or sherry! This is where its extra flavour comes from. The soup itself is usually meat stock, but sometimes it can just be water or milk with egg and flour to thicken it up a little. Sounds absolutely delicious!
Coq au vin
It is a dish of chicken braised (pot roasted) with wine, mushrooms, salt pork or bacon (lardons), mushrooms, onion, often garlic and sometimes brandy. The wine is usually a red Burgundy wine, but sometimes other wines are used such as champagne. This one is a must try! If you’re ever in France, don’t hesitate to give it a whirl!
Cassoulet is a comfort dish of white beans stewed slowly with pork or duck as the meat as well as sausages, goose, mutton or whatever else the chef has around. This dish was originally a peasant dish. The basic principle behind it is that you throw whatever foods you happened to be able to get a hold of together and cook it up with some nice white beans into a sort of soupy stew. Sounds like cheap food, but I assure you; it tastes amazing!
The dish is a stew made of beef braised in red wine, beef broth and seasoned with garlic, pearl onions, fresh herbs and mushrooms. (You seeing a pattern of wine, here too?) This is yet another food taken from what the French peasants used to eat. Originally the red wine was included in order to tenderize the meats used. Nowadays, it is simply to provide extra flavor to the already tender meat! Fantastic!
We couldn’t really have a list of the most popular French foods without a chocolate soufflé could we? Chocolate soufflé is an airy, baked egg dish with origins in early 18th-century France. It is so popular that you’re likely to find it in restaurants that aren’t even French! In France the chocolate soufflé can be either savory or sweet. The most common way in which it is cooked is with a hard outside chocolate crust with a gooey creamy chocolate inside! Tastes as amazing as it sounds! So there you have it! The most popular French foods of today! If you haven’t tried these before, I would suggest getting a move on and trying them out as soon as you can!