French Seafood Platter
Perhaps you saw the scene in a Mister Bean movie where he decides to treat himself to the seafood platter in an elegant French restaurant. Being the dolt that he is, Mister Bean valiantly cracks and crunches his way through a variety of hard shelled delicacies, probably wondering all the while what on earth the fuss about French food was anyway. Mister Bean was too silly to realize that he needed to remove the flesh from the shells before eating his seafood.
If you are lucky enough to sample a French Seafood platter, you will have an excellent introduction to the wide variety of shellfish that are frequently eaten in France.
Seafood PlatterA complete plateau de fruits de mer , or French seafood platter, includes some of the more unusual seafood eaten in France. A platter could include:
Condiments and ToolsThe platter should be served with a variety of condiments:
The shellfish will have been simply cooked and chilled before serving on a bed of ice and seaweed. They should be opened for you as well, so extracting the flesh shouldn't be too difficult. But just to be sure that you don't have to crunch away like Mister Bean, you should have some tools to help you eat the shellfish:
A full seafood platter is sometimes eaten on special occasions (like when someone else fixes it) or perhaps when dining out like Mister Bean. Other French seafood recipes are much simpler and use more commonly found fish and shellfish.
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