French Recipes

One of the most traditional and acclaimed cuisines in the world, French cooking brings delicious soups, stews, appetizers, desserts, as well as cooking techniques to make perfect meals at home. Check out these selected recipes.

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Basic French Macarons

Want to learn how to make macarons? We've taken the guesswork out of making these patisserie beauties, so you can prepare them at home. Our foolproof macarons recipe calls for making your own almond flour (it's so much easier than it seems), then adding just four other ingredients: powdered sugar, egg whites, white sugar, and any filling you please.

Simple Crepes

Rating: 3.61 stars
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Crepes are easier to make than you think. These French street-food staples can be dressed up with sweet or savory toppings and any number of flavorful fillings.

French Onion Soup

Rating: 3.43 stars
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French onion soup feeds the soul on a cold day, and now you can enjoy it at the best restaurant on the block: your place. Our classic recipe turns a lazy Sunday into a long-simmering affair. Set yourself up for maximum coziness and serve it bubbling hot.
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Broccoli-Cheddar Quiche

Rating: 3.17 stars
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This versatile dish goes from brunch buffet to dinner table in a snap and is great with a leafy green salad. The flaky crust and custard filling make it a perfect vehicle for an array of mix-ins.Baking the crust before adding the filling, known as blind baking, ensures it won't get soggy. Our favorite pie dough recipe is Basic Pie Crust.

Classic Cream Puffs

The foundation of the perfect cream puff is light, airy pâte à choux, which is made with eggs, flour, and butter. Once the cream puffs are shaped and baked, they're filled with a rich homemade pastry cream.

Chocolate Souffle

Rating: 3.68 stars
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Soufflés have a reputation for being temperamental, but they're actually very simple. They get their signature height from stiffly beaten egg whites. Using a few staple ingredients, you can whip up a dessert that's guaranteed to impress at a dinner party yet easy enough for a casual supper.

Bacon-Cheese Quiche

Rating: 3.1 stars
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This versatile dish goes from brunch buffet to dinner table in a snap and is great with a leafy green salad. The flaky crust and custard filling make it a perfect vehicle for a variety of mix-ins. Baking the crust before adding the filling, known as blind baking, ensures it won't get soggy. Our favorite pie dough recipe is Basic Pie Crust.

Chicken Fricassee (Fricassee de Poulet a L'Ancienne)

Rating: 3.7 stars
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Also see our step-by-step photo tutorial for making Chicken Fricassee. A fricassee is halfway between a saute and a stew. A true classic -- with as many variations as there are grandmothers in France -- it relies on humble ingredients and just a single pot. It's the original French comfort food: simmered chicken with hearty vegetables in a rich, silky sauce. And almost as satisfying as the dish itself is having our one-pot master recipe in your repertoire.

Creme Caramel

Rating: 3.02 stars
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These individual creme caramel desserts will be an instant classic. So sweet and creamy, everyone will want seconds, trust us. 

Pate a Choux

Rating: 3.16 stars
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Use this pate a choux recipe to make mouthwatering pastries such as profiteroles, cream puffs, and eclairs.

Potato Pave

Rating: 3.25 stars
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Pave, the French word for "paving stones," is a term chef Thomas Keller uses to describe any such rectangular or square food preparation. Try his recipe -- a slightly more refined version of scalloped potatoes -- for an unforgettable holiday side dish. Excerpted from "Ad Hoc at Home," by Thomas Keller (Artisan Books. (c)2009. Photo credit: Deborah Jones
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