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Best ever French recipes

We've pulled together our favourite French recipes to cook at home for French-style family banquets. Impressive soufflés, steak tartare and confit duck, indulgent Daupinoise potatoes and desserts, and French picnic classics

Dauphinoise potatoes

Dauphinoise potatoes are an absolute classic. We love the combination of cream, garlic and cheese smothered on thinly sliced potatoes and it makes any meal feel more special. What’s even better, is that you can cook and eat this now, or freeze ahead to have ready when you need it.

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Easy duck confit

This easy duck confit recipe is a quicker, healthier version of a French classic. Follow our recipe to impress friends with restaurant quality duck confit


French onion tart

Easy recipe for homemade pastry. Once you’ve mastered the pastry case, add a deliciously creamy onion filling then bake and serve to friends and family for a weekend lunch. Add a colour with a green salad.


Twice-baked goat’s cheese soufflés

Don’t be intimidated, make this easy starter or light lunch with step-by-step help. These foolproof soufflés can be chilled or frozen until  you need to give them their second baking, so you’ll be stress-free.


Steak with creamy peppercorn sauce

The peppercorn adds a touch of indulgence to this quick and simple dish. It’s a great idea for a speedy mid-week meal. Plus, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make your own peppercorn sauce.

steak with creamy peppercorn steak

Gruyère, fig and prosciutto croissants

Straight from the oven, these hot and toasty butter croissants with melty cheese and sweet figs make a really quick and easy on-the-go breakfast idea.

Crossiants with gruyère, fig and prosciutto

Duck rillettes

Our favourite starter: made with duck legs this classic French recipe is like a paté but with shredded duck, packed into a terrine. Serve with a green salad.


Potato and celeriac gratin

Gratin is one of our favourites, and celeriac gives this recipe an edge. Finely sliced, baked celeriac and potatoes smothered in herb and garlic cream is the ultimate comfort food to make any spread over the festive season more indulgent. You can make the gratin ahead and reheat it when you are ready to serve the rest of your meal. 

Potato and celeriac gratin

Steak tartare

This classic dish doesn’t have to be intimidating. This simple recipe makes for a great dinner-party starter, just multiply the ingredients by how many guests you have.


Celeriac remoulade with warm smoked mackerel

The best idea for smoked mackerel. Smoked fish goes perfectly with this classic French remoulade, made with celeriac, for a tasty and quick weekend lunch.


Tapenade

Got 10 minutes to spare? Ditch the jar and make your own Provençal tapenade instead. Spread over toasted baguette for lunch or stuff into poultry for a main course.


Rabbit terrine

A terrine is a special occasion dish that will take a while to make but is worth every bit of effort. Flavoured with ginger, garlic and all spice, this recipe makes a delicious rabbit version that is so much better when homemade. 


Pork chops with pommes boulangère

A simple idea for pork chops. Serve with a comforting, light French baked potato dish. The trick is to slice the potatoes finely. Add fresh greens on the side.


Ratatouille with crisp garlic sourdough

Our best, easy, ratatouille recipe; packed with tomatoes, aubergine, courgettes and red pepper. It’s dead easy to make and feeds 4. Serve alongside Sourdough with a kick of garlic.


Leek, green olive and sultana pissaladière

Pissaladière is a dish which originated from Nice in Southern France. The dough is usually a bread dough thicker than that of the classic Italian pizza. This is a great version using leeks, green olives and sultanas.


Chicory gratin

Super easy chicory recipe: made using chicory, also sometimes called endive. Ready in just 20 minutes, a delicious comfort food, French side dish.


Easy French desserts

Easy tarte tatin

Caramelised apples wrapped in puff pastry makes the best tart Tatins. These individual ones are designed to be easy but impressive enough for a dinner party. The cider-caramel sauce is a delicious finishing touch.


Peach, pistachio and ricotta friands

Friands, mini French-style muffins made with ground almonds are so easy to make. Follow this simple recipe and treat your friends and family to these pretty, ricotta and fruit-filled delights.


Prune and Armagnac soufflé

Making your own soufflés from scratch might seem a bit daunting but if you follow this detailed recipe carefully, yours will be perfect. The rich prune and Armagnac soufflé is served with a boozy Armagnac custard. 

Prune and Armagnac soufflé

Spiced apple tarte tatin

This recipe for spiced apple tart tatin comes from Trinity, a restaurant in Old Clapham, London. It’s easy to make and is an impressive dinner party dessert.

Spiced apple tarte tatin

Tarte au chocolat

This classic French chocolate tart is a little effort to make, but the results are spectacular. It makes a great Christmas centrepiece too, with a dusting of snowy icing sugar. If you can’t find Gianduja, you can buy it online at savoria.co.uk or theitaliangourmet.co.uk. 

Tarte au chocolat

Chocolate fondant

An easy recipe to make this favourite melt-in-the-middle chocolate dessert. Still a winner on dinner-party menus. Serve with a little cream on the side.

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