French Food With Names


When you think of French food, what comes to mind? I imagine that most people will instantly think of dishes like onion soup, coq au vin, and crêpes—maybe even moules frites. Or maybe you think of pastries, baguettes, or croissants.

If you’re anything like me though, you’ll also think about all the names for dishes that start with some variation of “les” and end in “-s” or “-es.” And it’s those words that I want to talk about today.

French Food With Names

Renowned for the best cuisine in the world, these French recipes will have you saying Ooh la la. Brought to you by Coles®.

1. Steak frites

Voila – this simple, yet impressive recipe is inspired by French bistro cuisine.

Steak frites
Photography by Andy Lewis

2. Chicken confit

In this classic confit, the chicken is salted and seasoned with herbs, then slowly cooked in olive oil to make it rich and tender.

Chicken confit

3. French onion soup

See out the winter with this fragrant French onion soup. Don’t forget the cheesy croutons.

French onion soup

4. Bouillabaisse

This traditional French fish soup is infused with saffron, orange, thyme and chilli.


5. Salmon en papillote

This clever technique of wrapping fish in paper before cooking ensures that all the moisture and flavours are locked in.

Salmon en papillote

6. Quiche Lorraine

This quiche Lorraine is one of the most popular recipes on Originally quiche Lorraine was an open custard pie with smoked bacon. It is only the more modern versions that add cheese to the mix.

Quiche Lorraine

7. Croque monsieur

Only in France could the humble cheese and ham toastie be turned into a gourmet fare. Add a poached or fried egg on top to turn it into the equally stylish croque madame.

Croque monsieur

8. Boeuf bourguignon

Boeuf bourguignon is a great example of budget cuts of meat being turned into stylish haute cuisine. For authenticity, be sure to use a Burgundian pinot noir for this recipe.

Boeuf bourguignon

9. Cassoulet

Cassoulet is one of the great classics of French cooking, of which there are three regional variations. Over time the differences between them have become blurred and their ingredients debated. The crust is also contentious, with traditionalists insisting that it should be broken into the stew seven times during cooking.

Photography by Anson Smart

10. Lamb shank navarin

Navarin is a French lamb ragout (or stew). The lamb is cooked low and slow until it melts in the mouth.

Lamb shank navarin

11. Hazelnut dacquoise

With layers of nutty meringue and rich whipped filling, the classic French cake dacquoise – pronounced dah-kwahz- is so impressive.

Hazelnut dacquoise

12. Frangipane tart

This French style tart has a fruity twist. Top it off with salted caramel sauce for a dessert everyone will love.

Frangipane tart

13. Tarte tatin

Was this creation the result of a mistake in the kitchen or did the Tatin sisters plan on baking their apple tart upside down? We’ll never know the real story but with a buttery base, rich fillings, caramelised fruits and lashings of syrup, this sweet tart is in a class of its own.

Tarte tatin

14. Souffle

These light-as-air desserts are nothing short of irresistible.


15. Paris-brest

Cousin to the croquembouche, this custard-frilled choux pastry ring is like a giant chocolate eclair.


Classic French Dishes to Master

Are you new to French cuisine? Does the language intimidate you and make the recipes seem out of reach? Let’s take the mystery out of French cooking and learn how to make a few classic dishes.

French cooking is filled with flavor and there are a few basic recipes that every beginner should know. Many of those fancy restaurant recipes are simply variations on these and as you become more comfortable with crepes, tarts, and bisques, you’ll discover just how easy they are.

  • 01of 11An Impressive Appetizer: A Savory, Flavorful TartClassic French Tarte Aux PommesThe Spruce / Bahareh NiatiFrench cuisine features many delicious appetizers, from simple to complex. A tart is an ideal recipe to start with as it feeds the whole group and you only have to slice it to serve. A classic tarte aux pommes is the delicious apple tart found in every patisserie and restaurant in France. It comes filled with a soft, sweet homemade frangipane filling topped off with caramelized apples and fanned in the distinctive, striking spiral pattern making it instantly recognizable. Finished with a light apricot jam glaze, this classic dish is loved around the world, not just in France.
  • 02of 11A French Bistro Salad: The Classic NicoiseNiçoise SaladThe Spruce / Kristina VanniWhen it’s time to choose a traditional French salad, few can beat the classic taste of Nicoise. This delightfully composed recipe is a bistro favorite, complete with tuna, potatoes, egg, olives, and green beans. The other essential ingredient is anchovies. If you’re not a fan, don’t worry—this recipe hides the little fish in the sauce so you get the taste on the sly.
  • 03of 11For the Soup: The Lovely Lobster BisqueClassic lobster bisque recipe​The Spruce / Diana ChistrugaFrench chefs are masters at creating fantastic soups that have become icons on dinner tables worldwide. A well-known favorite is the traditional lobster bisque. This seafood recipe is the epitome of a creamy-style soup, and it can easily become the centerpiece of a light meal. The fresh lobster meat is surrounded by a rich broth tinged with Cognac, giving the bisque a complex and unique taste.
  • 04of 11The Ultimate Veggie Stew: RatatouilleRatatouilleThe SpruceRatatouille is classic that can be found at French restaurants of every caliber. It is, essentially, a vegetable stew highlighting eggplant that sits on the stove to cook down until tender. It’s incredibly easy and cheap to make, so if you’re on a budget but need to impress, this is the recipe for you.
  • 05of 11For a Hearty Dinner: The Classic French ChateaubriandClassic French Chateaubriand recipeThe Spruce / Victoria HeydtThe meaning of the French term chateaubriand can be confusing. Depending on whom you ask, it can either refer to a cut of steak or the method of roasting a beef tenderloin. Despite this confusion, rest assured that when you order a chateaubriand from a French restaurant menu, you will receive a beautiful center-cut piece of beef tenderloin (usually enough to serve two), along with a classic red wine sauce.
  • 06of 11The Essential Soufflé: No-Fear Spinach SouffléEasy Classic French Spinach SouffléThe Spruce / Julia EstradaJust the name soufflé can spark fear in the hearts of any chef. They’re notoriously tricky to make but if you can make a great soufflé, you’re a star. To start your French culinary soufflé experience, begin with this spinach soufflé recipe. It will take the mystery out of the dish and it’s surprisingly easy. The trick is to beat and mix the eggs carefully, as overdoing them will ruin the final result.
  • 07of 11A Chicken and Wine Delight: Coq au VinPlate of coq au vin with fork and knifeJean Cazals / Getty ImagesMany traditional French recipes began out of necessity as a way to make cheap foods taste great. Such is the case for this classic chicken dish, which is both hearty and amazing. Coq au vin means “rooster in wine” and it was devised as a way to cook the tough meat of an old bird. It is a country-style dish now made with chicken that is filled with vegetables. It does require a few steps and many hours of unattended cooking time, but the techniques aren’t that difficult and the end result is worth the effort. This casserole might soon become a new family favorite.
  • 08of 11A Classic French Combination: Cognac Shrimp With Beurre BlancCognac ShrimpWe cannot discuss French cuisine without mentioning the combination of shallots, wine, cream, butter, and cognac. These ingredients come together in this delightful main dish that’s easy to cook up. The name of this Cognac shrimp recipe makes it sound fancier and perhaps more difficult to make than it is in reality—a beurre blanc is simply a butter and wine sauce. You’ll be delighted when you see how short and common the ingredient list is. It’s possible you have everything you need already in your kitchen.
  • 09of 11A Favorite French Dessert: CrêpesBasic Crepe RecipeWhat would French cuisine be without crêpes? Essentially, a crêpe is a thin pancake that can be filled with whatever you like. Crêpes are everywhere in France and can be sweet or savory, acting as main dishes, sides, or desserts. Your French cooking lessons will not be complete until you learn the beauty of making crêpes. Mastering the technique of tilting the pan to spread the batter evenly can be a bit tricky, but it just takes practice. 
  • 10of 11A True Classic: Homemade Chocolate MousseChocolate MousseThe Spruce / Cara CormackIt’s so simple, with just five ingredients, yet it remains a mystery to many home cooks. Basically a custard with whipped cream folded in, chocolate mousse is one of the icons of the French dessert table—and you’d be surprised at just how easy it is to make this romantic dessert.
  • 11of 11For the Cookie Lover: French PalmiersPalmiers recipeThe Spruce / Debbie WolfeWhen one thinks of palmiers, the delightfully sweet, flaky cookies also known as elephant ears come to mind. The palmiers are not unlike the flaky texture of a croissant but are in fact made with puff pastry. Though making puff is not so difficult, there are oodles of ready-made pastries out there and often it is quicker and easier (and puff pastry needs to be handled carefully so as not to flatten it), often it is easier to buy.

Top 10 French foods – with recipes

French food is known around the world for its finesse and flavor, but how can you recreate these tastes at home? Bring that certain je ne sais quoi to your home with these top 10 French foods – with recipes.

French food relies on simple combinations of rich, natural flavors that come together to create unforgettable, internationally-renowned dishes. In fact, French cuisine is so highly regarded around the world that in 2010 UNESCO added it to its list of intangible cultural heritage.

For many people, their introduction to French food comes in the shape of wine and cheese. From brie and Burgundy to camembert and Chardonnay, there are plenty of delicious pairings to choose from. But there’s a whole world of French cuisine beyond the cheeseboard.

To help you bring the wonder of French cuisine into your kitchen, here’s our list of the top 10 French foods you simply must try at home – with recipes. Bon appétit!

1. Soupe à l’oignon

This is a traditional French soup made of onions and beef stock, usually served with croutons and melted cheese on top. Dating back to Roman times, this was traditionally a peasant dish although the current version dates from the 18th century. The soup’s unique flavor comes from the caramelization of the onions, which often have brandy or sherry added during the slow-cooking process. If you’re in a soup mood, why not try Marseille’s traditional soupe de poisson à la rouille. Once a fisherman’s favorite, this soup is characterized by a dollop of garlic and saffron mayonnaise placed on top.

French onion soup

Make your own

  • Choose a classic French onion soup recipe
  • Use a slow cooker
  • Try an authentic French-language recipe

2. Coq au vin

This quintessential French food was popularized by Julia Child, becoming one of her signature dishes. The dish sees chicken braised with wine, mushrooms, salty pork or bacon (lardons), mushrooms, onions, garlic and sometimes even a drop of brandy. Although the name translates as ‘rooster in wine’ – the braising is ideal for tougher birds – the recipe usually uses chicken or capon. The wine is typically Burgundy, although regional variations of the dish exist across France that use local wines. These include coq au vin jaune (Jura), coq au Riesling (Alsace), and coq au pourpre (Beaujolais nouveau). Believe it or not, there’s even a coq au Champagne (Champagne).

Coq au vin

Make your own

  • Watch a video of Julia Child’s coq au vin
  • See renowned French chef Paul Bocuse’s coq au vin recipe
  • Or check out Martha Stewart’s recipe for coq au vin

3. Cassoulet

Cassoulet is a comfort dish of white beans stewed slowly with meat. The dish typically uses pork or duck but can include sausages, goose, mutton or whatever else the chef has lying around. This peasant dish originates from southern France and is popular in Toulouse, Carcassonne, and Castelnaudary. The name of the dish comes from the pot (cassole) that it’s traditionally baked in. This pot is a staple in many French homes, highlighting the popularity of this rich, hearty meal that’s perfect for those colder months.


Make your own

  • Try French chef Raymond Blanc’s cassoulet recipe
  • How to cook perfect cassoulet variations
  • This recipe is a Toulouse regional version

4. Bœuf bourguignon

Dishes don’t get much more typically French than bœuf bourguignon. The dish hails from the same region as coq au vin – that’s Burgundy in eastern France – and there are similarities between the two dishes. Bœuf bourguignon is essentially a stew made from beef braised in red wine, beef broth, and seasoned vegetables including pearl onions and mushrooms. Originally a peasant dish, this recipe is now a staple in French restaurants around the world. Traditionally, the cheap cuts of meat would be tenderized in wine for two days to intensify the flavors, although some shortcuts can be taken. Every August in Burgundy, the Fête du Charolais celebrates the dish, along with plenty of music and wine.

Bœuf bourguignon

Make your own

  • French-language recipe from Larousse
  • Watch Julia Child’s bœuf bourguignon recipe
  • Or try Delia’s delicious bistro classic

5. Chocolate soufflé

The word soufflé comes from the French verb ‘to blow’ and, as the name suggests, this is a light, airy dessert. The dish dates back to the early 18th century and nowadays is a staple on dessert menus around the world. The crispy chocolatey crust is perfect for letting the creamy chocolate ooze out for a rich surprise. However, it doesn’t have to be sweet. In fact, cheese soufflés are just as delicious if you’re looking for something a little saltier.

Make your own

  • Make hot chocolate soufflé or try a flourless, gluten-free version
  • Madame Le Figaro’s soufflé au chocolat for two (in French)
  • Try a savory soufflé au cantal (French recipe)

6. Flamiche

Flamiche means ‘cake’ in Dutch and this dish originates from northern France, near the border with Belgium. It has a puff-pastry crust filled with cheese and vegetables and resembles a quiche. The traditional filling is leeks and cream, although various variations exist. There’s also a pizza-like version of flamiche, which comes without the top crust of the pie. For a southern French twist, try the thin crusty pissaladière, which has anchovies, onions, and olives.


Make your own

  • Quick and easy French-language recipe
  • Try it with wild mushroom and artichoke
  • This flamiche recipe uses leek and tarragon
  • Try the southern France version pissaladière

7. Confit de canard

Confit de canard is a tasty French dish of duck – although some chefs use goose or pork – and is one of the finest French dishes. The meat is specially prepared using ancient preservation and slow-cooking process (confit). This sees the duck meat marinated in salt, garlic, and thyme for around 36 hours and then slow-cooked in its own fat at low temperatures. This is a healthier alternative to frying. It is typically served with confit roasted potatoes and garlic on the side. Today this dish is popular all over France, although you’ll find the best variations in the Gascony region.

Confit de canard

Make your own

8. Salade Niçoise

Salade Niçoise is a typical French salad from the Provence region. Often eaten as a side dish, it can also be a light meal on its own. The salad is a mix of lettuce, fresh tomatoes, boiled eggs, (canned or fresh) tuna, green beans, Nicoise Cailletier olives, and anchovies. However, there are plenty of different variations to choose from. So, if you’re struggling to come up with the ideal summer menu, why not consider Salade Niçoise?

Make your own

  • A basic guide to salade niçoise
  • For a twist, use salmon or beets
  • French-language recipe for the ‘true’ salade Niçoise

9. Ratatouille

Not just a lovable cartoon about a friendly rat, ratatouille is also one of France’s most iconic dishes. From Provence, the dish sees vegetables shallow-fried and then layered in a casserole dish before being baked in an oven. French chefs have been debating whether the vegetables need cooking beforehand for centuries, but however you prepare it, the results are still great. This traditional peasant dish can be a side dish, appetizer, or a main course, and tastes great with red wine and fresh, crusty bread. A similar Basque dish is pipérade, which typically adds ham and sometimes eggs to the stewed vegetable mix.


Make your own

  • See how the Hotel Mas des Serres in Saint Paul de Vence make theirs
  • Watch a Provence local make their ratatouille recipe
  • Or try the French Basque pipérade

10. Tarte Tatin

According to culinary legend, tarte Tatin started life as a mistake. In 1898, hotelier Stephanie Tatin was making a traditional apple pie when she accidentally left the apples cooking in sugar and butter for too long. In a hurry to rescue the dessert, she put the pastry base on top of the burning fruit and put it in the oven. She supposedly served the upside-down tart to her guests at Hôtel Tatin and the result turned into the hotel’s signature dish. And we can still taste this excellent mistake today.

Tarte Tatin

Make your own

  • Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc’s take on tarte Tatin
  • Watch Jamie Oliver cook tarte Tatin
  • A French-language recipe from the pages of Le Parisien

And something for after…

To create the ultimate French dinner party, it’s important to remember that the fun doesn’t start and finish with the main courses. There’s plenty more you can pack into your night to keep the fun going until the early hours.

Various French cheeses at a shop in Paris

Wine and cheese

It’s safe to say that no French dinner party is complete without cheese and wine. To help you impress your friends and family, read our ultimate guide to French wine. We go through all the different regional varieties on offer and give advice on how you can create the ideal pairing.

The Green Fairy

There are few drinks around the world quite like absinthe. This bright-green, aniseed-flavored liqueur is famous for its hallucinatory effects, which gave it the nickname ‘The Green Fairy.” The drink was incredibly popular at the turn of the 20th century, especially among Parisian writers and artists.


However, absinthe’s psychoactive properties saw the drink banned. In fact, it wasn’t until 2011 that absinthe once again became a mainstay of French nightlife. This has seen the drink become increasingly popular throughout Europe, as the Green Fairy makes a triumphant return to bars and cafes across the continent.


1. Salmon En Papillote 

French food Salmon in Parchment

This dish is called, in English, “Salmon in Parchment.” It is perhaps one of the most unique ways to cook a fish. Essentially, you wrap the salmon and vegetables inside a piece of parchment, and you let them all cook together. 

What happens is that each individual flavor—juices and all—blend together to form a delicious meal. This is a very famous French food that you should definitely consider trying if you travel to France. Additionally, even if you don’t plan to travel to France anytime soon, this dish would make an excellent option for when you have friends and family over for dinner.

2. Boeuf Bourguignon

French Dishes Beef Bourguignon

The world is full of beef-loving people. If you happen to be one of them, then this dish is for you. It translates directly to, “Beef Burgundy.” Boeuf Bourguignon always reminds me of the wonderful movie starring Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia.

Who would have thought that a dish originally made by French peasants (yes, you read that right) would become one of the most famous French foods out there? This dish is a combination of beef, bacon, onions, wine, and carrots that all blend together to create one of the best French cuisine dishes.

3. Quiche Lorraine 

Traditional French Food Quiche Lorraine

Interestingly enough, the United States only became aware of this traditional French food in the 1950s. Since then, the quiche lorraine has gone through many different American reincarnations. Nevertheless, this dish—though it has been “Americanized” like many foreign dishes—will always remain a French dish. 

Consisting of bacon, onion, swiss cheese, and eggs, quiche lorraine is sure to satisfy your hunger. If you ever get the chance to visit France (or you just want to feel like you are in France) this dish is definitely one you want to keep in mind. 

4. Potatoes Dauphinoise 

Traditional French Dishes Potatoes Dauphinoise

If you’re tired of reading awkward-sounding French names for foods, then you might want to stop here—because this article is only for the most adventurous of food connoisseurs. 

Still interested? Fantastic. 

From what is said around the world, this is one of the tastiest ways to cook potatoes. These potatoes combine butter, thyme, cream, cheese, garlic, potatoes, and more to create an amazing dish that everyone needs to try.  Besides the fact that it’s easy to make, the potatoes dauphinoise will give you a little taste of France (see what I did there?). 

5. Crepes Suzette

French Food Crepes Suzette

This dish is very interesting in that it was invented by the famous Henri Charpentier in 1894. He accidentally set the sauce of the dish he was trying to serve (pancakes) aflame. You might begin to think that the then 14-year-old Henri would be reprimanded for his mistake. However, quite the opposite happened.

The dish was so good that the customer (who happened to be the Prince of Wales) asked that the dish be named after a girl in his entourage—her name was Suzette.  Today, Charpentier is credited with inventing the dish we now know as Crepes Suzette.

6. Bouillabaisse 

Traditional French Food Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse is a traditional French dish that originated in the French port city of Marseille. One would not expect that France would be famous for this many seafood dishes, but it’s true. As we can see, France can make an amazing dish in any food category. An interesting fact about this dish is that there is no one type of fish used to make it. Some of these include sea bass, cod, and even haddock. See how it is made on the Food Network

7. Salade Landaise

Have you ever wondered what duck would taste like in a stew? Well, this dish takes it one step further by creating a duck salad! If that’s not the literal definition of “unique,” I don’t know what else in this world is.  The duck is mixed with rich, warm potatoes that create an interesting flavor only rivaled by other foods in France. This dish is a very traditional dish that will compel you to extend your stay in France (assuming you’re already there). 

8. Duck Pâté En Croûte

Duck Pate en Croute French Food

How can we talk about famous French food without dishes that include pâté? The answer is simple: we cannot. Pâté is a signature French paste that is a labor of love to make. 

According to the recipe, this dish may take over 24 hours to make; but, we assure you that it’s totally worth it! This dish is made by first spending endless hours making the duck pâté. The pâté is then placed inside a home-baked pastry dough.  Some people even like to top it off with a little gelée. 

9. Butternut Squash Boulangère

While you spend your time trying to pronounce this, let me go ahead and tell you what this is. Not only is it a mouthful of words, but it’s also a mouthful of goodness and some of the best-tasting squash you will ever have. 

The recipe describes this as—rightly so—a for-sure crowd-pleaser. Though it’s hard to mess up a dish like butternut squash, one should never rush in making this dish. Cooking is an art; and, as such, you should take meticulous care when whipping up this dish. 

10. Financier

French Food desserts Financier

Most of the other dishes discussed in this article have been related to main food dishes. This is the first actual French dessert that we’ll examine. Originally made in the 17th century by nuns, Financier is a small almond cake that is said to have gotten its name because the small rectangular mold used resembled a bar of gold.

11. Terrine

This dish is essentially a French version of meatloaf. It is a combination of meat and fat mixed together to create a blend of flavors that leaves you wanting more. This dish too was created by peasants. Apparently, the peasants in France knew how to make foods worthy of the praise of royalty. Almost all of the dishes on this list were inspired by some kind of work by peasants. This dish—which happens to be one of the most famous French cuisine recipes—is no exception. 

12. Chocolate Mousse

French Food Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse is a very famous dish that combines dark chocolate, eggs, liqueur, heavy whipping cream, and sugar. Whether you pay a visit to France, or you just want to whip up something to impress your friends and family, then this dish is for you. This dish—while being incredibly tasty and works well with coffee—is also fairly simple to make. There are no special instructions that you should know apart from meticulously following the instructions. 

13. Soupe De Poissons

Don’t let the name throw you off. This dish is certainly neither poisonous nor harmful to the human body. This dish translates directly as “fish soup.”  We have seen quite a few fish dishes on this list today. The Soupe de Poissons is an excellent example of French expertise in the kitchen. This dish is simple, cheap, and tastes amazing. Consider making it for your next family get-together. 

14. Meuniére 

Traditional French Cuisine Meuniere 

France knows how to make just about any type of food taste absolutely amazing. When it comes to fish, the French people’s reputation stands firm. This dish (roughly translated as, “in the manner of miller’s wife”) is a one-of-a-kind French dish that is sure to leave you craving for more.  Essentially, this dish consists of a fish fillet (it doesn’t matter what kind of fish) lightly dusted in flour and sautéed in butter. You don’t have to be a professional food connoisseur to know that this dish tastes just as good as the reviews say it does. 

15. Chicken Confit 

Chicken confit is perhaps one of the most delicious ways to cook a chicken. It’s salty, tender, well-cooked, and is sure to leave you craving for more. This French cooking technique involves cooking the chicken slowly in its own fat until it is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. These days you can use lard or olive oil, both of which are easier to source.

Say “goodbye” to those cravings for unhealthy foods. Things like candy and ice cream will not have nearly the same impact on curbing food desires as chicken confit will. We have already established that the French have some of the best chefs and recipes in the world, and this is one more example of that. This recipe is simple and effective.

16. Coq Au Vin

French Food Coq Au Vin

We are seeing a lot of commonalities between dishes first created by peasants and current-day enjoyment of these dishes. This is no different in regards to the “Coq Au Vin” dish—which directly translates to, “rooster and wine.” 

This traditional French dish is a stew comprised of champignons, red wine, white onions, chicken or pork blood, and rooster or hen meat. It’s almost enough to make anyone’s mouth water. In fact, it is actually rated as the 94th most popular meat dish in the world. 

17. Spring Vegetable Stew

All the other dishes on this list have been quite unique—so I think it’s only right to add a simple dish to the mix.

Essentially, this dish is a blend of many different kinds of vegetables that are left to simmer for quite some time before they are taken off the cooker and enjoyed by the guests. Common vegetables in this dish include onions, carrots, artichokes, turnips, and pees—just to name a few. There are many other vegetables in this stew that all work together to create one of the best French cuisine dishes. 

18. Escargot

French food Escargots

If you are looking for something traditional to eat while on your trip to France, then you should definitely try this unique dish if you ever get the chance. Escargot is a French meal that is served with cooked land snails, vegetables, and an assortment of different sauces. 

This dish is unique to the nation of France alone. Though you may find similar dishes in other countries around the globe, you will not find any as meticulously prepared as the French Escargot. 

19. Deviled Eggs With Crab

Deviled eggs are already extremely popular in the United States and throughout the rest of the world. However, very few people make the conscious decision to add crab to the mix of deviled eggs. 

This is a decision we would only leave up to the professionals—the French. As we can already tell from the plethora of other dishes on this list, the French know precisely how to make an amazing dish that is sure to add flavor to a couple’s getaway in Europe. 

Whether you’re having a potluck with friends and family or you’re physically traveling to France, this dish should not be left off of your food itinerary.

20. Croque-Monsieur 

French Food Croque-Monsieur

This dish is a certain type of sandwich unique to the country of France. They are ham and cheese sandwiches often served with plum-tomato salad and strawberries. 

On this list, we haven’t necessarily discussed any sandwiches yet. We must not, however, leave them out of the equation. France can make as good sandwiches as the rest of its dishes. 

In fact, the French sandwiches might be some of the best out there. They know how to make their ham, cheese, and Croque sandwiches with the perfect blend of every ingredient. 

21. Lentil Salad With Pork Belly

We have all heard of lentil soup (or lentil stew, whichever you prefer; but have you ever heard of a lentil salad? Lentil salads are quite different from either lentil soup or stew because they are not in a broth. In fact, in this French dish, they’re even mixed in with pork, onions, and carrots. 

The lentils absorb the seasoning, and the pork adds a meat-flavored texture to the entire dish that creates an explosion of flavors we know your mouth craves. If you’re visiting Europe anytime soon, consider adding France to your list, and don’t forget to try this delicious meal. 

22. Poulet Basquaise 

French Food Poulet Basquaise

Directly translated as, “basque chicken stew,” this signature French dish is exactly the type of food you would want to enjoy after a long day’s work.

The meat is cooked in such a way that it’s left tender in the dish, and all of the surrounding vegetables and ingredients add to the blend of amazing flavors. If you’re ever in the mood to get a little taste of France and impress that special someone of yours, consider adding this dish to your arsenal of things that you are able to cook. 

23. Crépes

If we’re talking about the most iconic European dishes, crépes would easily take a podium spot. While the United States likes its pancakes wide and fluffy, the Europeans prefer very slim pancakes. 

Crépes can be eaten as either savory or sweet. This is partially what makes them one of the best breakfast foods out there. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet and desert-like for breakfast, or you want a mixture of eggs and bacon, crépes get the job done. 

24. Tartiflette 

French Food Tartiflette

We top this list off with a beautiful French dish called tartiflette—a potato dish with onions, smoked salt pork, and white wine. All of these ingredients were carefully selected by professional French chefs. 

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