16 French Recipes Every Beginner Cook Should Master
Though French cuisine often comes with a side of “that’s-too-difficult-to-make-at-home,” the basic methods — building a sauce, deglazing, braising, poaching — are quite simple and will carry you far. In fact, as F&W's Justin Chapple points out, “French technique has influenced how we cook at home so much, that you probably already know more than you think.” (See: 13 Essential Tools for French Cooking). There are a ton of classic and approachable recipes out there for even the greenest cook. From aioli and bouillabaisse to clafoutis, here are the ABC’s of French cooking.
French Recipes Every Beginner Cook Should Master
Roast Chicken with Herb Jus
Steamed Mussels with Tomato-Garlic Broth
Black Olive Tapenade with Figs and Mint
French Onion Soup with Whole Grain Cheese Toast
Speedy Ratatouille with Goat Cheese
Spiced Almond Tuiles
Potato and Leek Soup (Vichyssoise)
Crepes with Creamy Caramel
You’ll never need to buy aioli again after mastering this quick recipe for a homemade version. While classic aioli calls for garlic, oil, and sometimes egg, you can add in other seasonings for a different type of flavor. The concept of emulsification—binding two ingredients that wouldn’t naturally take to one another by whisking vigorously—is a basic technique that will take you far.Go to Recipe
Before you knock it for being too complicated, read through Chef Ethan Stowell’s recipe. Yes, there are a lot of ingredients in this Provençal seafood stew, but as Stowell says, "There are no real rules to this dish except to use what's fresh."
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