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Coquilles Saint-Jacques Recipe

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This Coquilles Saint-Jacques recipe is traditionally served on little scallop shells, but ovenproof ramekins are a great substitution. It features scallops and mushrooms, sautéed in butter with seasonings, and then made even richer with a Gruyere and breadcumb topping. Coquilles Saint-Jacques is most often eaten as a first course, or appetizer, but can be used as a delicious seafood entrée.

Potatoes Anna Recipe

The Gifted Photographer
The dual allure of this potatoes Anna recipe: a buttery, soft potato cake on the inside, with a crisp, golden exterior. So simple that it takes only a few ingredients, pommes Anna makes a rustic side dish of potatoes elegant and refined.

Poutine Recipe

©Brad Haynes
Poutine is a messy, rich version of gravy fries in Canada. It’s a very versatile recipe that has many local and thematic variations – the ultimate greasy spoon specialty.

Tartiflette Recipe

©Laurel Fan
This Tartiflette recipe originated in Savoie, in the French Alps, as a recipe to promote the local cheese, Reblochon. Full of potatoes, rich cheese, and smoky bacon, it caught on as an easy to prepare recipe at ski resorts and has been popular ever since. Serve this hearty tartiflette recipe with crisp white wine and chocolate mousse for an easy, romantic, Alpine-themed dinner.

Cheese Soufflé Recipe

Flickr user clairity
This traditional cheese soufflé is light, airy, and savory - everything a cheese soufflé should be! This easy recipe can be whipped up in 15 minutes for flawless results. Gruyere and Comte cheese can be used interchangeably in this bistro classic.

Catalonian Meatballs Recipe

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Catalan food is at once rustic and refined. This Catalonian meatballs recipe is the perfect example of that; it is a dish you would expect to find at an out-of-the-way country inn or a Michelin-star restaurant. Try serving it over hot rice or just-cooked couscous to soak up the delicious, red sauce.

Chicken in Cream Sauce Recipe

Laurel Fan
This chicken in cream sauce recipe, famously known as volaille a la crème in the Bresse region, is delicious in its simplicity. Brown high-quality chicken in butter and then simmer it in a cream sauce. That’s all there is to it!

Endive and Ham Gratin Recipe

Javier Lastras
Creamy and comforting, this endive and ham gratin recipe is an easy to prepare main course. A hearty combination of flavors and the richness of Gruyere layered with ham makes this endive an ham au gratin a winner in the gourmet kitchen every time.

Fondue Savoyarde Recipe

Hirotomo T
Smooth and rich, this fondue Savoyarde recipe is the classic apres ski dish on menus in the French alps. Luxurious and velvety, this French Alpine fondue recipe is perfect for retro fondue parties or when you happen to be stuck inside on a snowy night.

French Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Ernesto Andrade
This French macaroni and cheese recipe tastes velvety smooth, rich, and just a touch sophisticated - nothing like those little blue boxes of dry, salty mix sold in markets and convenience stores. This dish takes only 40 minutes to prepare, much less than a quarter of which is spent actively cooking. Use this French-style "mac and cheese" as an unexpected side dish on a dinner menu or as the focal point of a winter-themed mountain lodge party.
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