Top ten French dishes revealed in survey

10th October, 2016
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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