8 French Entrees You Must Try

French entreesThere are many wonderful aspects of the French culture. One of those cultural aspects is the food. When you think of French food, wine and cheeses come to mind, and especially, the infamous escargot. (Or, snails.) But there is much more to French food and entrées than this. To better enjoy food from other cultures, you have to better understand food and how it can help or hurt your body.

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French Entrées

There are many different kinds of French entrées, ranging from the popular tourist-attraction type entrees to meals that are specific to a certain restaurant or area in France. Of course, when reading off a French menu, it’s important to know how to pronounce the item you want to eat. Even knowing the most basic French can help you pronounce the items on the menu and give you a boost of confidence. Get started on learning a little bit of French with this course, which has the focus on speaking French at a cafe. This is perfect for learning not only how to pronounce menu items, but how to order in a restaurant as well.

If you are going to France for the food, there are many different entrees you can choose from. Some are a little more exotic than others, but that’s the fun of it all. Here are a few entrées you should try when visiting France:

  • Ratatouille

It might be the name of a successful Disney movie, but Ratatouille is a popular and diverse French dish. It can be an entrée or used as a side dish or stuffing. It’s a stewed vegetable dish and, as a result, is low in calories and a healthy entree option if you want to enjoy the French food but don’t want to over indulge. If keeping a healthy diet is your goal, this course may interest you. It highlights healthy nutrition and how to find the best nutrition for your lifestyle.

  • Crepes

If you are in the mood to indulge, crepes is the way to do it. A type of thin pancake, it is cooked and then filled with a number of options. You can fill a crepe with fruit options like strawberries and blueberries or custard to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you want it for a lunch or dinner option, you can fill it with ratatouille, cheese, eggs, ham and other meat products.

  • Souffle

Souffle is another diverse meal that can either be served as a main dish or for dessert. The combination of custard and egg whites is what causes this dish to puff up. The base of the souffle is where you can put cheese or fruit. Another heartier form of the souffle is made with puffed-up potato slices and traditionally served with steak.

  • Steak Tartare

This dish is for the daring. Steak tartare is a dish that is made from finely chopped raw beef or horse meat and served with onions, capers and seasonings. The meat is served completely raw. (We told you, daring eaters only.) Hey, if you are a sushi fan, you can definitely handle this dish.

  • Cassoulet

This is comfort food at its finest. Cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked casserole or stew. It can be made with various meats including duck, pork and goose and is cooked with white beans.

  • Foie Gras

This is a traditional French food with a controversial way of preparation. Foie Gras is the liver of a duck or goose that has been fattened by force-feeding. It can be served whole or whipped up as a mousse, parfait or pâté.

  • Bouillabaisse

This is the most iconic dish from Marseille, with good reason. It contains four different kinds of fish, as well as a variety of shellfish all put together in a stew.

  • Fondue

Sure, you can make your own fondue at home, but take it a step further and enjoy it in a place where the people truly know what they are doing. Best to eat in groups, fondue is melted cheese in a communal pot served with meats and breads. Not just a French food, fondue is popular in Italy and was promoted as a Swiss national dish in the 1930s.

If you have tried some of these French meals and want to immerse yourself in the culture even further, learning conversational French is a great way to do so. To help you on your journey, you can take a look at this blog or take this course, which focuses on basic conversational French.