About French Food's readers have a few tried and true favorites, like vanilla pastry cream and chocolate eclairs, that consistently take the top spots on the most popular recipes list. The recipes on this list are the ones that have been trending this month.
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Every cook needs an easy, throw-together salad that can be made on a moment’s notice. This nutritious carrot salad is as chic as it is classic. It’s found in nearly every French cook’s repertoire, as well as eateries across the globe. Crunchy, fresh carrots blend with bright, zippy lemon mustard dressing in what is perhaps one of the easiest preparations in authentic French cuisine.
Marinating budget-friendly chicken pieces in herb-laced lemon juice, white wine, and oil allows this succulent rosemary chicken recipe to stay juicy through the cooking process. Simple grilled or baked potatoes, a fresh chopped salad, and a plate of fruit turn this into a complete, wholesome meal.
Herbes de Provence is a classic herb blend using fresh or dried herbs. Very popular in the Mediterranean South of France, it is used to season everything, from soups to grilled chicken. This traditional version uses lavender. Although purists will argue against the exclusion of the herb, one absolutely can omit it from this recipe and still have a delicious and authentic Provencal herb blend.
This espagnole, or brown sauce recipe, is one of the five, classic mother sauces of French cuisine. It is made from simmering mirepoix, tomato puree, herbs, and beef stock. Rumors have abounded for years that French brown sauce was named for the Spanish tomatoes used in one of its earlier versions, or that Spanish cuisine played a large part in its evolution to what we know today. Contrary to popular thought, espagnole sauce has nothing to do with Spain, but rather because of French stereotypes of Spaniards at the time.
Jennifer Woodard Maderazo
Fava beans are very popular in France when they come into season. French cooks pop them into soups, sautés, and salads. This fava beans with bacon recipe is a perfect side dish or light salad for brunch or dinner.
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Truffled French fries have become something of a controversy on foodie forums, igniting debates over flavor and if they live up to the culinary hype. The trick to making delicious truffled fries, as featured in this Parmesan truffle fries recipe, is to season them with high quality truffle oil and a dusting of cheese. Serve them with a bit of aioli on the side, for dipping.
This classic chocolate meringue recipe produces light as air egg whites whipped with dark cocoa powder. It can be piped into perfect, little circles to produce a fluffy cookie with a delicately crisp exterior. Chocolate meringue is also wonderful used to layer into a rich gateau.
Try this invigorating watermelon smoothie recipe the next time you want a quick, healthy pick-me-up. Rich in lutein, and easy on the taste buds, this sweet melon drink with just a hint of sharp lime is a snap to prepare. Serve watermelon lime smoothies for breakfast, a snack, or to cool off after a spicy dish.
Pates de fruits, colorful gems bursting with fresh-picked, fruit flavor, are the perfect gift for the holidays and other special occasions. This pates de framboises recipe can be made ahead of time and the candies can be stashed away for one month, which gives the already lush, raspberry flavor time to deepen and intensify. Try making a second batch of this fruit jellies recipe with mixed berries or yellow raspberries for a slightly different creation and to add a wild, checkerboard pattern to your jewel box of a candy gift.
If there was a single recipe in the world that reminds me of my youth, it's this sponge cake recipe. My family would sit around the old, wooden kitchen table at the end of a summer evening, and enjoy squares of the light, sugary cake with nothing more than fresh, cut strawberries. This sponge cake can be enjoyed with any seasonal fruit, and in Savoy, it's traditional to drizzle a bit of crème anglaise over it.