French potato recipes include dozens of ways to fry a potato, but it is not all just frites here in France. Try creamy gratin dauphinois (hearty enough to make a meal by itself), cheesy aligot, or wonderful tasting Tartiflette - a sure crowd pleaser. Potatoes are a classic accompaniment to meat in French cooking, but you will also find them featured in some recipes that are meant to be enjoyed on their own.
Aligot is a speciality of the Auvergne region where you might find it made with great fanfare in a local restaurant. With the easy recipe here, you can try your hand at making this French speciality at home.
Boil potatoes with peeled garlic then mash with crème fraîche for fabulous mashed potatoes that go with just about anything.
This recipe comes from the Champagne region, although there are many version in eastern France and Germany. Tasty greens and salty bacon mix with warm potatoes and a vinaigrette, making a yummy winter salad.
Hachis Parmentier is French comfort food. A layer of ground meat and vegetables is topped with mashed potatoes and a sprinkle of cheese then baked for a short while. Perfect with a green salad.
Satisfy your cravings without adding a lot of fat into your meal or fuss into your kitchen time. Change the seasonings as you wish on this very easy potato recipe.
Tartiflette is a wonderfully easy dish made with French Reblochon cheese and bacon. This recipe from the Savoy region is designed to satisfy healthy mountain appetites.
This famous Vichyssoise soup can by served either hot or cold. The leeks add just enough flavor to make this delicious potato recipe perfect for winter and summer as well.
A recipe known all over the world, this might be called Gratin Dauphinois in France. A lusciously rich layered potato dish that goes well with so many things or just enjoy it by itself with a salad.
It may be surprising for you to hear that potatoes were once shunned by the French, who believed them to be unfit for human consumption. It was only thanks to the brillant marketing of one man, Antoine-Augustine Parmentier (1737-1813) that the potato finally gained popularity in the 18th century. Here you can learn more about the history of French fries.
Fortunately France's chefs have been hard at work on the spud ever since and there are any number of classic French potato recipes that you will find over and over again on restaurant menus as well as on the table at home.
Here is a little glossary of these French potato dishes.
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