French Recipes

Here you'll find some easy French recipes, not too fancy with ingredients you've heard of. French food includes ingredients such as cheese and butter used to make a rich sauce to pour over meats and vegetables.

Other ingredients found in French food are garlic, onions, potatoes and turnips. French recipes also include fresh herbs. Rabbit and duck are often used in French recipes.

And no French meal is complete without fresh French bread with its golden crust on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside.

Finally, a French meal must finish with a rich French dessert.

French Potato Casserole

20 small potatoes, peeled
5 cloves garlic, sliced
1 cup cream
salt and pepper
3 tablespoons dried parsley

Wash and peel potatoes. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9" X 11" pan. Slice potatoes and stack slices across the pan until the pan is full. Place thin slices of garlic in between potatoes.

In a bowl add cream, salt, pepper, and parsley and stir. Pour cream mixture over potatoes.

Place pan in a preheated oven and bake at 300F degrees (150C) for about 1 hour. Potatoes should be tender. Remove from oven. Scoop out potatoes and serve with roast beef or lamb.

Tarragon Chicken

6 chicken thighs
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cream
salt and pepper to taste
fresh tarragon leaves
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 package frozen peas and carrots

Heat saute pan and add oil. Add chicken (skin on) and brown on both sides. Add garlic and onions and stir. Add water, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Add cream and cook for 5 more minutes. Add salt and pepper and tarragon leaves. In a sauce pan, add oil and cook peas and carrots, stirring until cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve while hot.

Quiche Lorraine was a rustic, rural pie made in Medieval Germany in an area the French later named, Lorraine. So the original quiche was actually a German pie!

Quiche Lorraine

9 ounce prepared shortcrust pie pastry
6 bacon slices, cut into pieces
4 eggs
1/2 pint light cream
salt and pepper to taste
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter

Roll out pastry. Use butter to grease bottom of a 9" pie pan. Line pan with pastry. Bake in a preheated 400F degree (220C) oven for about 10 minutes until the edge of the pastry is golden brown (base will should still be soft). Lower oven to 375F (190C) degrees.

Fry bacon pieces in a small pan then drain on a paper towel.

In a mixing bowl beat together eggs, cream, and spices. Add bacon pieces, stir, and pour into pie shell. Cut up small pieces of butter and arrange over top of mixture.

Bake quiche in oven at 375F (190C) degrees for 30 minutes. Serve while hot.

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