Serving French Guests in America
by Amy Nyvall
Question: Hi, My husband has a young, French co-worker that just moved to the area a few weeks ago. He went to college here and I think this is his first job out of school, so he is used to American food by now.
As you know already, most French people are used to having cheese served as a separate course after the main course. However, they would not be surprised to find cheese included in a starter course. If that is the case, skipping the cheese course is entirely appropriate.
I like serving things such as
beef estouffade , beef Bourguignon , or chicken Provençal to guests. These are dishes that are very typically French, but are easily made the day before and rewarmed for dinner. Many times they taste even better after an overnight rest. You can serve these simply with a loaf of good French bread - no need to do accompaniments. These are not fancy French presentations, but they are quite delicious and appreciated by most French people.
There are many easy French desserts to follow up with, but chocolate mousse
is almost always a hit with most guests. Again this is prepared in advance, making the dinner party more enjoyable for yourself as well. Also, keep in mind that most French people wouldn't be at all surprised to be served a high quality store bought dessert. Short cuts are certainly tolerated by most.
Hope that helps a little anyway. Wishing you lots of happy cooking and dining,
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