In honour of Taste Week (Semaine du Gout), Expedia have
surveyed the French public to find out what the nation’s favourite dishes are.
Taste Week is a nationwide event celebrating all that is great about French
cuisine, running everything from tasting sessions to workshops in locations
ranging from town centres to schools.
Below are the results, revealing the top ten dishes which
are a hit amongst the French. Whether you’re catching the sun’s rays at our
south of France villas or relaxing in the heart of the countryside, you need to
make sure you try some of these classics during your time in France.
10: Tomates Farcies – Translating into English as ‘stuffed
tomatoes’, this dish consists of juicy roasted tomatoes stuffed with
ingredients such as mushrooms, garlic and sausage meat.
9: Steak-frites – The French and Belgians have long debated
who created this dish, to little avail, but this classic combination of steak
and fries is loved the world over.
8: Couscous – Although originally from North Africa,
couscous has become a huge hit in France, and has been reworked in a number of
ways by the French.
7: Gigot d’Agneau – A delicious leg of lamb which can be
utter perfection when cooked correctly, seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and
olive oil to make a meal to remember.
6: Moules-frites – Mussels and fries served in a creamy
white wine sauce. You’ll find this on the menus of brasseries all over France
but especially in the north and north-west.
5: Blanquette de Veau – A veal stew where the meat isn’t
browned. Instead the veal is cooked in stock or flavoured water to create a
rich and gamey dish.
4: Boeuf bourguignon – One of the most famous French dishes,
it may come as a shock to many for this dish to come in at fourth place. Boeuf
bourguignon consists of cuts of beef braised in Burgundy red wine.
3: Raclette – Raclette is another dish where its origins are
hotly contested, this time between the French and the Swiss. It has a number of
variants; traditionally it consists of the melted cheese scraped from the side
of the cheese wheel, though modern versions see meat and cheese grilled on an
electric hot plate.
2: Cote de boeuf – A delicious rib steak, which is served in
France with the bone still attached. Some restaurants will even serve a cote du
boeuf for two, where the steak is so large it’s big enough to share.
1: Magret de canard – It’s official, France’s favourite dish
is the magret de canard, or duck breast in English. It uses the breasts of
ducks reared to make foie gras, cooking the breast like you would a steak, and
served up medium-rare.
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