Viva la France! If you love French cuisine but feel too intimated to make it yourself just throw those worries out the window. FDL is here to help you prepare rich and delicious French food at home.
You can start your French meal with an assortment of appetizers. Impress your guests with this delightful goose liver paté made with legumes and a splash of Cognac.
Another hearty appetizer is Brandade de morueto, a creamy dip of salted cod, olive oil and lemon juice. Both of these appetizers are great slathered on a crusty baguette.
Typically, a fish course is served before the main course. On this ocassion can treat your guests to sea bream with ratatouille. Sea bream, called daurade in French, is a fish that prized in the Mediterranean.
Traditional cassoulet de Toulouse makes for an excellent main course. This hearty stew of beans and assorted meats is coated with breadcrumbs for a nice crunchy finish. You can also channel your inner Julia Child and prepare the iconic coq au vin.
The main course is followed by a nice light salad which could be anything from fresh greens tossed in olive oil and vinegar to something more elaborate like a chicory salad with Roquefort cheese, diced apples and walnuts.
Be sure to have an array of French cheese on hand to bring to the table before dessert. It's a nice indulgence that signals the end of the meal.
We conclude our French soiree with cotillon chocolate, an exquisite chocolate cake layered with chocolate mousse. Accompany dessert with coffee and voilà...you've cooked French food at home!
Needless to say, make sure you have a few bottles of the best French wine you can afford. Curious for more? Discover more French food ideas in our Recipes section.