Easy French Recipes

Speedy Ratatouille with Goat Cheese
Photo: © Johnny Valiant

French cooking doesn't have to be complicated. From ratatouille to chocolate mousse, we've got you covered with these easy French recipes.

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Speedy Ratatouille with Goat Cheese

Speedy Ratatouille with Goat Cheese
Johnny Valiant

In traditional ratatouille, vegetables simmer together until they're falling-apart tender. Here, Melissa Clark cooks them quickly in batches, so they retain their flavor and texture.

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Extra-Creamy Chocolate Mousse

Extra-Creamy Chocolate Mousse
© Christina Holmes

What sets Dominique Ansel's chocolate mousse apart from other versions of the dessert is that he folds in the chocolate just before serving.

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Fromage Fort

Fromage Fort
© Marcus Nilsson

Jacques Pépin's ultimate way of using leftover cheese only requires garlic, white wine, and seasoning ⁠— and takes 10 minutes.

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Lemon-Caper Aioli

Lemon-Caper Aioli
© John Kernick

Capers, tarragon, and lemon juice add fantastic flavor to mayonnaise in this quick take on a classic French aioli.

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Basic Crêpes

Basic Crepes Recipe
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Kay Clarke

The most difficult part about making crepes might be waiting for the batter to rest. Once you've tried your hand at flipping them a few times, you'll get the hang of it and want to make these thin pancakes for anyone who comes over.

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