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French Side Dishes

Try one of these French side dishes to quickly add a little French flavor to your next meal. All of them are simple and all of them are good.

Aligot - Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
Tomme cheese is beaten into mashed potatoes along with cream and garlic to create this sensational side dish that comes to you from the Auvergne region of France.

Baked Zucchini Recipe - Zucchini topped with olive oil, fleur de sel, pepper and parmesan cheese. This is a very simple side dish that goes with just about anything. You can follow along with the video or just print out the recipe.

Brussel Sprouts Recipes - Here are two great ways to use brussel sprouts. Try serving these maligned vegetables with roasted chestnuts and bacon and I bet there won't be any leftovers. Or if you like things a little spicy, try them with a tasty mustard sauce.

Braised Fennel Recipe - Fennel is one of those vegetables that are popular in Europe, but that you may not have tried. Try it crispy and cool in a fennel salad or let it's mild licorice taste mellow into soft sweetness in this compotée, perfect for serving with chicken or fish.

Cauliflower Au Gratin - Cauliflower au gratin is a simple cheese topped casserole that can add substance to any meal. Learn about the French term gratin and enjoy this yummy recipe.

Celery Root Puree - Celery root might be one of those vegetables you've been meaning to try, but just haven't gotten around to. Here's the perfect way to start a new taste experience. Celery root puree is like mashed potatoes, just ten times better. This is one of those French side dishes that goes great with rich meats.

Chestnut Dressing - The only thing better then roasted chestnuts is roasted chestnuts and Toulouse sausage. Try stuffing your holiday bird or just an everyday chicken with this superb combination. Or you can just bake it in the oven by itself and serve with anything you wish.

Hot Potato Salad - This is a hearty salad recipe from the Champagne region of France. Arugula, or another favorite green of yours, adds a mineral bite to hot potatoes mixed with bacon and champagne vinegar. This, like most French side dishes, goes well with many things, including a plate of boudin sausage.

Red Cabbage Recipe - Red cabbage slowly braised in red wine vinegar with just a sprinkle of sugar. The result is a lovely balance of sweet, sour, and salty tastes in a super healthy recipe. This is one of those French sides dishes I just can't get enough ot.

Ratatouille Recipe - Ratatouille is a great dish to make when summer vegetables are at their peak. This recipe features bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and onions all slowly cooked and flavored with fresh herbs and pepper. Serve it hot or cold, with an omelet, alongside grilled fish or as a topper for pasta.

Scalloped Potatoes Recipe - Who doesn't like scalloped potatoes? The French version of this, known as gratin dauphinois, features thinly sliced potatoes cooked in garlic infused cream and topped with gruyère cheese. A hearty dish all by itself, scalloped potatoes goes well with all sorts of simply prepared meats.

Turnip Recipe - The turnip is almost as overlooked as celery root these days, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out. Try this easy way of fixing them with just a hint of sugar. Glazed turnips are a classic French side dish when served alongside duck confit.

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