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delicious cooking recipes from different regions of France to get you started

There are many wonderful French cooking recipes to choose from and it's been really difficult to decide which ones to show you first. The ones I have listed here are some of our favourite French Recipes that I'm sure you will love. 

They are not sorted by any particular region; there are many different regions in France and most have their own cuisine and specialities.

Modern pressures of life have seen a change in the eating habits even in France. Although the French do  eat remarkably well – their food is always of the best quality – today it seems, especially in the larger towns and cities, they too are in a hurry. As a result many will eat quite simply for most days of the week either at home or in one of the fast food places that have arrived in defiance of French tradition.

However, they still consider their food and family meals to be an important part of French culture as can be seen with the lengthy, unhurried meals with family and friends. Sunday, is especially an important day for the family dinner and the traditional French cuisine remains the centre of its ritual.

Here are some French cooking recipes, starting with a few soup recipes which, although they can be used as starters, would on their own give you a light meal in themselves. These are followed by main meals, all absolutely delicious.

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French Onion Soup

A French cooking recipe classic! A truly delicious soup with a deep, rich flavour. Although I have seen some recipes for this that take less time, I feel this one has the best result for taste.

Pumpkin Soup

Bright orange pumpkins are a vivid sight in the markets of France. And they make a delicious soup as the autumn chill hits the air. But it is equally delicious when chilled!

Asparagus Soup

A seasonal delicacy in Argenteuil area of France, the asparagus makes a superb soup and the flavour of freshly made asparagus soup is wonderful.

Mushroom Soup

A very special classic soup for special occasions or entertaining. Just supreme!


Shrimp Bisque

A soup with all the flavour of the sea. Especially good for entertaining.


Vichyssoise

A smooth and classic Vichyssoise soup or cold leek and potato soup. It is very easy to make and is great for family meals or entertaining.


Coq au Vin

French cooking doesn't get any more classic than this traditional dish. Originally made with an old rooster, marinated and cooked slowly. 


Roast Chicken with Lemon and Herbs

This is actually roasted chicken with the flavours of lemon and thyme. The smells from your kitchen will be divine! 


Chicken Chasseur

A great dish that is quick to prepare and excellent for entertaining. Did I forget to say its tasty - yes, it's delicious!


Chicken Fricassée

A tasty French cooking recipe to feed a hungry family or great for entertaining as it can be made ahead and kept in a warm oven.


Chicken Célestine

Chicken Célestine is a sensational chicken dish that will be popular with your family and friends. A dish full of flavour and a delicous creamy sauce! It's a winner all round.


Cassoulet

There are many versions of this dish from the South West of France. This is one we love so I hope you do too. Very appetising and makes a hearty meal.


Ardennaise Pork Pie Recipe

This pork pie recipe originates in the Ardennes region of France and includes chestnuts and apples. Ideal for a winter meal and especially for the Christmas holiday.


Lamb Stew or Navarin of Lamb

Also known as a Navarin. This one is made with lamb and a variety of vegetables. This is another one of my favourites as it goes down really well with everyone.


Lamb Chops with Minted Vinaigrette Dressing

An easy and quick lamb chops recipe with a wonderfully fresh vinaigrette dressing.


Beef Stew or Daube de Boeuf a la Provençal

A traditional French family meal! It is very easy to make and can be made the day before so is great for entertaining and is full of flavour.


Venison Stew

A healthy venison stew or daube with tasty forcemeat dumplings.



Côtes de Porc Sauce Tomate

A very tasty recipe to make your pork chops that little extra special!

 

These have been a taste of French cooking recipes, and I hope you love them as much as we do. If you would like to try some more recipes from France here are some Easy French recipes