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7 French Dinners You Should Be Making At Home

There's way more to French cuisine than beef bourguignon and coq au vin.

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1. Piperade

Piperade, a specialty from the French Basque Country, is pretty similar to shakshuka. Just simmer some onions, garlic, tomato sauce, peppers, and spices. Crack a few eggs and serve. Pro tip: pierce the yolk as soon as you serve and mix it with the sauce, it won't look as good but it'll taste even better. Get the recipe here.
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Piperade, a specialty from the French Basque Country, is pretty similar to shakshuka. Just simmer some onions, garlic, tomato sauce, peppers, and spices. Crack a few eggs and serve. Pro tip: pierce the yolk as soon as you serve and mix it with the sauce, it won't look as good but it'll taste even better.

Get the recipe here.

2. Pistou Soup

Pistou soup is a very popular southern French soup made with beans, pasta and a generous dose of pistou, the provençal cousin of pesto (only without the pine nuts). Get the recipe here.
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Pistou soup is a very popular southern French soup made with beans, pasta and a generous dose of pistou, the provençal cousin of pesto (only without the pine nuts).

Get the recipe here.

3. Niçoise salad

This version of the Niçoise salad has all the traditional ingredients (eggs, tomatoes, anchovies, and tuna) except for the black olives. Don't forget to add those for a more authentic dish.Get the recipe here.
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This version of the Niçoise salad has all the traditional ingredients (eggs, tomatoes, anchovies, and tuna) except for the black olives. Don't forget to add those for a more authentic dish.

Get the recipe here.

4. Tomato, Mustard, and Goat Cheese Tart

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My grandmother used to make this pie almost every week in the summer when I was a kid. It's pretty straightforward: a flaky pie-crust (can be store-bought), a layer of Dijon mustard topped with sliced tomatoes, herbs, goat cheese, and a bit of olive oil. Serve with a green salad and you've got yourself an awesome meal.

Get the recipe here.

5. Navarin of Lamb

Navarin of lamb is beef bourguignon's lighter, but equally delicious, cousin. It's made with lamb, white wine, and spring vegetables. Get the recipe here.
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Navarin of lamb is beef bourguignon's lighter, but equally delicious, cousin. It's made with lamb, white wine, and spring vegetables.

Get the recipe here.

6. Bistro Salad

You can find variations of this salad in most French bistros: green salad, lardons (France's answer to bacon), and an egg. This recipe poaches the egg and adds roasted veggies to the mix, and I'm here for it.Get the recipe here.
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You can find variations of this salad in most French bistros: green salad, lardons (France's answer to bacon), and an egg. This recipe poaches the egg and adds roasted veggies to the mix, and I'm here for it.

Get the recipe here.

7. Chicken Provençal

The key ingredient here is white wine – and there is almost nothing better than a white wine sauce. The whole dish is ready in 40 minutes, just serve with rice and you've got yourself a feast. Get the recipe here.
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The key ingredient here is white wine – and there is almost nothing better than a white wine sauce. The whole dish is ready in 40 minutes, just serve with rice and you've got yourself a feast.

Get the recipe here.