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10 Easy & Delicious French Recipes Everyone Should Know

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The country of France has so many amazing culinary treasures it is hard to know where to start. Do we talk about the wine? The baguettes? The incredible macaroons? I can hardly answer that question, but I can tell you this: start easy. French food may seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Really, a delicious meal in France might be a slice of quiche, a green salad, and a citron presse. There is nothing complicated about that! If you’ve always enjoyed French food but are unsure of the best way to get started making it at home let me help you. Here are 10 easy and delicious interpretations of french food that are completely family-friendly and are a great way to take a culinary road trip through France right in your home kitchen. Bon appetit!

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  • Classic Coq au Vin 1 of 10
    Classic Coq au Vin
    This classic chicken dish is the epitome of French comfort. This particular recipe for it comes with a California twist! Can you guess what it is?
    Find out how to make classic Coq a Vin with a twist
  • Chocolate Souffle 2 of 10
    Chocolate Souffle
    A lot of people find souffles intimidating, but this one is really simple. It is so much fun to make and everyone will adore eating it. Serve it French-style with a dollop of whipped cream and an apertif.
    Make an easy chocolate souffle
  • French Onion Soup 3 of 10
    French Onion Soup
    A country-wide comfort food, this soup is filled with softened onions in a rich broth and topped with cheesy croutons. To make your first batch try this version, which takes no time at all!
    Make french onion soup in five minutes
  • The Best Croque Monsieur 4 of 10
    The Best Croque Monsieur
    This beloved French sandwich is like an over-the-top grilled cheese. Kids and adults alike love the bechemal-soaked bread, salty ham, and rich cheeses!
    Make the best croque monsieur
  • Potato & Leek Soup 5 of 10
    Potato & Leek Soup
    This simple soup is a French dish known for its comforting abilities. The smooth texture makes it easy to digest and its simplicity makes it a cinch to whip up at a moments notice.
    Make potato and leek soup
  • Vegetable Quiche 6 of 10
    Vegetable Quiche
    A classic quiche is often served at lunch or dinner in France. Make it healthy in your own kitchen by adding in tons of in-season vegetables. To serve it French-style add a side of a green salad and a glass of sparkling water for the kids and Champagne for you.
    Make vegetable quiche
  • Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon 7 of 10
    Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon
    This amazing beef dish is a French go-to that only gets better with time. If you're busy, try making it in the slow-cooker to save time. Serve it for dinner over a hearty dollop of mashed potatoes.
    Make slow-cooker beef bourguignon
  • Vanilla Bean Macarons 8 of 10
    Vanilla Bean Macarons
    Many French desserts are delicate and bite-size like these macarons. Serve a small plate after dinner with apertifs.
    Make vanilla bean macaroons
  • Baguettes 9 of 10
    Baguettes
    Baguettes are perhaps the most quintessential bread product of France. They can be found nearly anywhere! To bring the warm bread into your house, skip the bakery and make this awesome recipe and enjoy your loaves all week long.
    Make crusty baguettes in under 30 minutes
  • Chocolate-Filled Crepes 10 of 10
    Chocolate-Filled Crepes
    Classic crepes can be found stateside too, but there is nothing quite like enjoying them from a street cart in France. Make them at home with this easy technique. To give them a savory twist try adding spinach and cheese instead of chocolate!
    Make chocolate filled crepes

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