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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.
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Tangy sweet tomatoes, sprinkled with oil and crispy breadcrumbs, it doesn't get more exquisite than this. Provencal Tomatoes, or tomates à la provençale in French, is a typical French summer starter in the Provence region of France.
Wine: Bouches-du-Rhone rosé or Aix-en-Provence rosé.
Escargot is one of those classic French delicacies that foreigners always have doubts about. Until they try it that is. Drenched in herbed garlic butter, these little pieces of meat so delicious, you will mop them up with your baguette.
Wine: White from Burgundy such as Pouilly Fuissé Blanc or Bourgogne Aligoté Blanc.
The delicate taste of fresh wild salmon accompanied with a light touch of lemon and that little something extra to push it over the top. If you are looking for a traditional French starter that is easy to put together, it doesn't get any better than this.
A lovely ripe melon, topped off with a decadent porto, the perfect starter for a hot and sunny day. It may look complicated to make, but with no cooking involved, you will be able to whip up this classic French appetizer in a snap.