Eat Like the French
Every culture eats strange things, but the French have some delicacies that might make your stomach churn. If you’ve got the guts, give these a try!
Escargot: Snails! They’re often cooked in garlic butter, and you’ll need a special pair of tongs to hold the shell while you scoop these slimy creatures out.
Frog legs: Frog legs are often fried or breaded, and are usually served in garlic butter.
Foie gras: This is actually fattened duck or goose liver. It can be served hot or cold, and is often paired with sweet fruit as an accompaniment.
Do you ever go to a restaurant and get confused by the French words on the menu? Here are some basics that you should know:
Au jus: This literally translates to “with juice.” It is usually describes when meat is served in its own juices.
Confit: Confit is a food that has been preserved in a specific way. The food, usually meat, is salted, seasoned, cooked in its own fat, and then preserved. Confit can stay good for several months.
Consommé: Consomme is a type of rich, clarified soup broth.
Paté: This is a spread or paste that is made from minced ground meat and fat.
Roulade: This word roughly translated to “roll,” as a roulade is made from rolled meat. The meat is sliced, then rolled around some sort of filling (i.e. cheese or vegetables), then cooked or baked in wine or stock.
Terrine: A terrine is almost the same as a paté, but it usually uses chunkier or more coarsely chopped ingredients.
Try these French recipes in your own home!
Classic French-Style Omelet
Wilted Cabbage Salad with Bacon
Low-Fat Coq au Vin
Kitchen Garden Ratatouille
Quick Butter Croissants
Steak au Poivre
Escargot in Cream Sauce
Chicken Liver Paté
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