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If you have ever been to France in winter, you know that it gets cold. From the rains of Paris to the windy mistrals of Marseille, there is nothing like a warm and hearty meal after a long day in freezing temperatures. French winter dishes tend to include a lot of cheese, heavy sauces, meat, and potatoes, everything that promises to warm up the insides.
A lot of the French winter dishes are actually inspired by the France’s culture of skiing. With many excellent ski resorts in the French Alps, a gathering with friends and family over a sumptuous cheesy fondue or a hearty tartiflette is a must.
As an expat turned local here in Paris, I certainly have my favorites. A mouthwatering fondue or a nourishing boeuf bourguignon? Let’s have a look at the best of these French winter food recipes. Allons-y!
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If you like cheese and potatoes, you will enjoy a tartiflette. With copious amounts of reblochon cheese and bacon lardons, this potato dish is quick and easy to make in the oven on a cold winter's night.
Another cheesy dish that comes from the French and Swiss Alps is the raclette. After a long day of skiing (and even if you haven't been skiing), sit down and share a raclette with family and friends. Raclette is a semi-hard type of cheese, traditionally made from non-pasteurized milk.
Families gather together at the end of the day and cook the cheese together, melting it to place on top of potatoes and charcuterie (salt-cured hams).
Legend has the French onion soup 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.
One taste by the French Royal family and this flavorful soup made with onions became world-renowned. Cooked until the onions are caramelized and then topped with heavy gruyère cheese, this excellent French dish is usually served as an appetizer in winter.
If you don't like beef and prefer an alternative to the boeuf bourguignon, the classic coq au vin is what you are looking for. A chicken slow-cooked with vegetables in a stew with wine sauce to tenderize it and bring out the flavors.
A delectable dish at any time of the year, but especially in winter.
Whether it is called Vin Chaud, Glühwein, or Glögg, or whatever it is called, this classic mulled wine recipe is a perfect treat for Christmas and your winter holidays. On those freezing cold winter nights, there is nothing like having a warm cup of vin chaud in your hands.
The wine is heated and then spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, and sugar were added.