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Ahh those days, when you just want a hearty and comforting meal and then curl up on the couch. Whether it is the winter weather getting you down, or just a very stressful day, there are times when you just want to indulge. And if you are looking for something special, French comfort food will certainly fit the bill.
Recipes that are rich with French tradition, made for generations with thick sauces and heavy creams, these are the classic comfort foods that French people enjoy in their own homes.
Living here in France, I certainly have my favorites to whip up in a pinch. Popular French dishes, with an emphasis on those hearty recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. Are you ready to pick your favorite? Allons-y!
The French onion soup has a rich history. It became famous after being served to the Duke of Lorraine (who was the ex-King of Poland) and his father-in-law, the French King Louis XV.
Presented to the French Royal family as a succulent and delicate soup, it quickly took the Royal court by storm. Cooked until the onions are caramelized and then topped with heavy gruyère cheese, this excellent French appetizer makes a wonderfully filling dish.
If you like cheese and potatoes, there is nothing not to like about a tartiflette. Easy to put together, this hearty meal has copious amounts of reblochon cheese and bacon lardons topped onto sliced potato dish, and is delicious as a side dish or a main dish by itself.
Dating back to the 1300s from the Languedoc region of France, the cassoulet has been around a long time. A delectable stew made with beans, meat, and sausages, it is traditionally slow-cooked for hours.
It used require that the beans be soaked overnight, but with a few shortcuts and that handy Instant pot, this is one French comfort dish that you can put together just when you need it.
Serve with: Cahors or Bergerac red wine. If you don't like reds, try a white wine such as a Limouxfrom Burgundy.
As an alternative to the boeuf bourguignon, the classic coq au vin with chicken is everything you can ask for. A chicken slow-cooked with vegetables in a stew with wine sauce to tenderize it and bring out the flavors.
This cheap and easy dish is the ultimate in comfort food.
The Croque Monsieur may be a glorified ham and cheese sandwiches, but it is a French national treasure. Laden with butter, cream and cheese, this is the sort of sandwich you must eat as the French do, i.e. with a knife and a fork.
For those lazy days when you want to just pig out without any effort. Put together some cheeses and charcuterie, add a bit of wine and baguette, and you have a perfect no-cooking comfort meal that you can graze on all evening long.
The classic quiche lorraine includes bacon lardons, cheese and cream, and plenty of it. With a base of pie crust and egg, you can then add all types of ingredients you want, such as spinach and cheese, salmon, leeks, etc. Whatever is available in the fridge, for a quick and easy comfort meal.