The French tradition of having loooong dinners means that you need a way to break up the meal. And thus was born the entrée, plat, dessert (starter, main, dessert).
Eating slowly, gradually building up the flavors, and tantalizing the tastebuds, all the while enjoying the company of family and friends, this is what we like to think French dining is all about. (On the other hand, it could just be a way to get everyone to eat small portions of everything and finish their plate, for all those picky eaters out there!)
Nevertheless, without further ado, here are a few typical French starters that are will start off your meal with a bang.
Tangy sweet tomatoes, sprinkled with oil and breadcrumbs, it doesn't get more exquisite than this. Provencal Tomatoes, or tomates à la provençale in French, originates in the Provence region of France.
Wine: Bouches-du-Rhone rosé or Aix-en-Provence rosé.
The French onion soup should perhaps be called the Royal French onion soup, since it became famous after being served to French King Louis XV (by ex-Polish King Stanislas Leszczynski). Caramelized onions in a broth, topped with a sumptuous amount of cheese, this dish is truly fit for a king.
Wine: Alsace Pinot Blanc or Pinot Gris.
Suggestion for Main dish: Large salad or a quiche.
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