French Bistro Recipes
Discover the charm of French bistro dining!
Here you will find a growing list of French bistro recipes. A French bistro (bistrot) is traditionally a small, casual
restaurant, catering to people who live or work in the neighborhood. It is the place to get a hearty and
inexpensive meal without a lot of formality.
French bistro cooking features simple homestyle meals with ample portions, perhaps served with a glass of
These days many French bistros are offering lighter fare for its health conscious clientele. You will find
soups and salads, stews and grilled meats, and unpretentious desserts in a French bistro.
If you come to France, don't miss out on eating at a typical neighborhood bistro. In the meantime, you can
try some of these recipes for food you might find on their menu.
Beef Bourguignon Recipe -
A hearty beef stew made with red wine, onions, carrots, and lots of mushrooms.
Cabbage Casserole - Here's great
recipe for a staisfying vegetarian meal featuring shredded cabbage, rice, tomatoes and cheese.
Easy Beef Stew Recipe - Carbonnade -
Carbonnade is a fabulously simple and rich tasting stew made from beef, onions and beer. It hails from the region of French Flanders.
Easy French Onion Soup - Soupe
à l'oignon is frequently offered on bistro menus. A delicious recipe featuring caramelized onions.
Lamb Stew Recipe: Navarin -
This is a wonderful lamb stew recipe that features delicately cooked carrots, turnips, peas and green beans. Scrumptious - I promise!
Lentil Soup Recipe - Often called simply
Peit Salé after the meaty French salt pork that is included along with juicy Toulous sausage. Hearty eating for
Mashed Potato Casserole - Who
would have thought that one of France's favorite foods would be so unfussy as this. Of course with a name like Hachis Parmentier it sounds elegant anyway.
Mustard Pork Chops - My whole family loves this couldn't-be-simpler recipe. The mustard mellows as it
cooks and when blended with cream, the effect is delicious.
Onion Pie Recipe - This fabulous pie features
onions that have been cooked until they are caramelized. The slightly sweet taste makes a great entree or possibly
a main dish for a lighter meal.
Potato Cheese Casserole - Tartiflette
is a hearty layered potato dish featuring Reblochon cheese from the Savoy region of France.
Ratatouille Recipe - More popular than ever since discovered by a Hollywood rat,
this dish features French vegetables fresh from the kitchen garden.
Scalloped Potatoes Recipe -
You may have heard this satisfying dish called by its French name, gratin dauphinois. Here the potatoes are cooked
with cream, cheese, garlic and herbs.
Turnip Recipe - French bistro recipes often feature
more humble foods as in this surprisingly tasty side dish of glazed turnips.
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