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Top 8 Traditional French Food You Need to Try

French food is no doubt one of the most renowned, especially the gastronomy.But you also have popular traditional French food. So today, ParisByM proposes you a list so you can try to cook French food, by yourself or with a chief. For those who do not cook at all, this selection will help you choose your dishes in a French restaurant.

So here is the list of the 8 most tasty traditional French food you have to try once in your lifetime. Bon appétit!


The Burgundy Beef

A traditional French food to not miss out. Burgundy Beef is, as its name says, a dish from Burgundy. It was, at the beginning, a dish served for special days. The beef is cooked up with onions, carrots, bouquet garni and, most importantly, the main ingredient which is of course the wine of Burgundy. If today it is served with potatoes and pastas, it was at first eaten with garlic toasted bread.

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Burgundy Beef @Flickr


The Rooster in wine

The rooster, a French emblematic animal, can also be found in the plates. This local dish is an alternative of the Burgundy beef, so it is as well made with red wine. Some French kind of bacon called « Lardons », mushrooms, onions and carrots are added. After a few hours simmering with all these ingredients, the rooster will be ready to be eaten. And lastly, be careful to not get drunk by eating too much rooster in wine!

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Rooster in Wine @Wikimedia Commons


The Fire Pot

The fire pot is a traditional dish from the 13th century. The meat is boiled for a long time with vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions and pears) and aromatic herbs, to make a broth. The recipe is flexible, you can replace the beef with any kind of meat you want, from chicken to lamb. It is often eaten with baguette, the traditional Parisian pain bread.

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Fire Pot @Wikimedia Commons


The Steak Tartare

Ideal for the carnivores, it is one of the easiest French dish to cook. After seasoning the raw meat, we add some capers, and onions. An egg yolk is often put on top.
Don’t forget to use good and fresh beef, otherwise you may be sick since it is raw.

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Steak Tartare @Pixabay


The Quiche Lorraine

A French typical salted tart. Traditionally made with eggs, fresh cream and « Lardons », there are alternatives, for vegetarians for instance. This Lorraine pie can be served warm or cold. Most of the time, the “Quiche Lorraine” can be found in bakery and caterers.

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Basil and Tomato Quiche @Wikimedia Commons



A traditional French dish made with potatoes, onions, lardons and Reblochon cheese, a famous French cheese from Savoy. The must is when it is baked and gratined. It a warming dish, especially popular among families during winter’s cold season.

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Tartiflette @Wikipedia Commons


The Escargot

Among the surprising traditional French food, is included the Escargot, which is cooked snails. Commonly savored for festive meals, such as Christmas Eve, this traditional French dishes comes from the Burgundy region. The snails are cooked with some parsley garlic butter sauce.

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Escargot de Bourgogne @Pixabay


The Hachis Parmentier

The Hachis Parmentier is a French main dishes made with mashed potatoes and minced beef. It was named after Antoine Parmentier, a French nutricionist who popularized the potato, by proving to people that it was not dangerous for health, but, on the contrary, able to solve the famine.

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Hachis Parmentier @Wikimedia Commons



The “Crêpes”

A Breton specialty that is similar of America pancakes, but thinner. The “Crêpes” are a highly customizable dish that can be eaten in at any time of the day. Indeed if it is mostly eaten sweet, “Crêpes” can also be cooked with salty ingredients, jam and mushrooms for example. The salty version can be found under the name “Galette”.

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Crêpes Pixabay

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