List of recipes from category Starters: 185 recipes

Amuses-bouches (small appetisers)

["Buttonhole" quail eggs]
"Buttonhole" quail eggs
This little appetizer consists of a small finger of toast, a slice of cured ham and three quail egg yolks arranged on a rectangle of egg white. It is a bit tricky to make, but very attractive to serve, and delicious, of course.
49K5 59 min.
[Bisto-style canapés]
Bisto-style canapés
This recipe captures the hearty and slightly raffish style of French bistro cuisine: fried rounds of baguette with egg, fried ham and a topping of melted cheese.
617 39 min.
[Bread with Tomato ]
Bread with Tomato
This tomato-flavoured bread, the famous "pan con tomate" of our Spanish friends, is ridiculously simple, but such a treat! It only takes a few minutes to prepare and makes a delicious aperitif snack.
7,8144 6 min.
[Dauphinoise potatoes with Serano ham]
Dauphinoise potatoes with Serano ham
These tasty, bite-sized rosettes can be served as an aperitif snack or to accompany a meal.
24K4.6 40 min.
[Gougères]
Gougères
Gougères are small cheese choux pastries, sometimes (like here) with bits of ham.
70K 13.8 56 min.
[Ham spirals]
Ham spirals
These puff pastry spirals made with smoked ham are delicious and quick to make.
22K3.8 58 min.
[Little vegetable omelettes]
Little vegetable omelettes
As an appetiser or starter, little thick soft omelettes, with diced tomato, courgette and smoked ham.
69K4 1 hour 10 min.
[Mini cheese and mustard toasts]
Mini cheese and mustard toasts
For an aperitif snack with a difference, try these little toasted slices of baguette topped with cheese and mustard. Easy to make and can be served in a jiffy.
1,474 24 min.
[Olive twists]
Olive twists
These savoury puff-pastry twists (rather like smoked salmon sacristains) make an ideal aperitif snack. The pastry is simply spread with tapenade.
8,0333.6 1 hour 39 min.
[Quail egg canapés]
Quail egg canapés
This starter is a small canapé consiting of a toasted and buttered bread slice covered with a slice of smoked ham topped with a fried quail egg.
106K5 54 min.
[Red endive appetizers]
Red endive appetizers
Red endive (radicchio) leaves can be filled to make very elegant snacks. The filling shown here combines cheese with sardines.
1,872 20 min.
[Savoury mini-madeleines with 2 cheeses]
Savoury mini-madeleines with 2 cheeses
These moist-textured savoury madeleines have a delicious combination of 2 cheeses: Cheddar and Parmesan. They make an ideal aperitif snack.
8,8284.4 37 min.
[Small cheese and bacon rolls ]
Small cheese and bacon rolls
These small aperitif snacks can be prepared in advance and heated at the last minute, or served cold.
82K5 1 hour 23 min.
[Small foie gras pasties]
Small foie gras pasties
Dainty pasties, filled with a morsel of seasoned foie gras.
68K4.6 2 hours
[Smoked eggs]
Smoked eggs
This sophisticated, smoky flavoured starter consists of an egg yolk, heated in a bain-marie and a smoked cream mousse with a scattering of chives, served with a buttered-toast "soldier".
13K4.9 12 hours 30 min.
[Smoked salmon sacristains]
Smoked salmon sacristains
Sacristain (sexton in English, a strange name though common in French cooking) is a small pastry twist, made with puff pastry. There are many recipes with different flavours, sweet or savoury. Here is one with smoked salmon, ideal as an aperitif.
67K 33.9 1 hour 30 min.
[Spicy hot toasted cashew nuts]
Spicy hot toasted cashew nuts
Toasting cashews greatly improves both their flavour and texture over the plain raw nuts. This is also the ideal opportunity to spice them up a little, like in this very simple recipe.
1,381 29 min.

Creams and foams

[Crème de foie gras]
Crème de foie gras
This is a rather tricky recipe in which foie gras is used to make a savoury cream, similar to a crème brulée but - of course - without sugar and without caramelizing the top. Instead, it is topped with an espuma (a light hot foam) of potatoes, garnished with crispy morsels of serrano ham.
34K3.8 3 hours 33 min.
[Raw beetroot mousse with walnuts]
Raw beetroot mousse with walnuts
A lightly spiced mousse, made with raw beetroot, with a layer in the centre of finely diced beetroot and roughly chopped walnuts. Discover or rediscover the taste of raw beetroot, very special and so "earthy".
95K5 47 min.
[Tzatziki]
Tzatziki
Tzatziki is an ideal summer recipe: a cooling combination of Greek yoghurt, onion, garlic, cucumber and herbs. It is normally served as a side dish or condiment. This is a Greek recipe, but similar dishes exist in other eastern and middle-eastern countries, under different names.
9,1964.7 16 min.
[Verrine of avocado mousse and crab]
Verrine of avocado mousse and crab
A layer of light avocado mousse on a bed of crab meat in a herb rémoulade dressing.
42K5 35 min.

Eggs and omelettes

[Baked eggs with chicken and spinach]
Baked eggs with chicken and spinach
A classic recipe for baked eggs (œufs cocotte), cooked in ramekins with a base layer of spinach and diced chicken.
2,0484 27 min.
[Cocotte eggs with Comté]
Cocotte eggs with Comté
A light delicious and quickly prepared dish, an easy and elegant answer to the frequent question "what are we going to eat this evening?". Here is version with Comté (a famous cheese from eastern France, like gruyère, but much better), but it can be made prepared many different ways.
112K4.3 1 hour
[Eggs "en cocotte" with spinach]
Eggs "en cocotte" with spinach
A buttered ramekin, a layer of mushrooms, a layer of spinach, a little cream and an egg added on top in two stages.
30K5 1 hour 30 min.
[Eggs Arsène]
Eggs Arsène
Eggs Arsène is a rather more rustic version (and definitely more Comtoise in style) of eggs Benedict , that indispensible breakfast dish in Ian Fleming's novels. And you're right, there is a nod to James Bond here.
4,8615 1 hour 2 min.
[Eggs Benedict ]
Eggs Benedict
Soft-boiled eggs, served on toast with a slice of fried smoked ham, and the whole covered with Hollandaise sauce.
70K4 1 hour 4 min.
[Eggs en Cocotte à la Française]
Eggs en Cocotte à la Française
Eggs cooked in small ramekins with a tasty mix of peas, bacon, onion and cream - even more French than the classic version!
20K4.6 31 min.
[Eggs with mayonnaise]
Eggs with mayonnaise
Simply known as "œufs-mayo" in French bistros, these hard-boiled eggs are garnished with mayonnaise and are best served with sharply flavoured crudités to balance their creaminess. For this recipe, I have chosen a salad of grated carrot with shallot.
13K5 33 min.
[Mimosa eggs]
Mimosa eggs
Mimosa eggs are hard boiled eggs where the yolks are removed, chopped and mixed with a herb mayonnaise, then this mix is used to refill the whites. It's a classic recipe of traditional French bistro cooking.
75K 25 46 min.
[Surprise eggs]
Surprise eggs
These look like perfectly normal boiled eggs, but when the shell is cracked open - surprise! They contain a mixture of scrambled egg, cured ham, fried prawns and chives.
49K5 51 min.

Fish

[Avocado with gravlax]
Avocado with gravlax
Diced avocado with morsels of gravlax salmon and cream cheese with herbs for a simple yet delicious starter.
6,8884.5 18 min.
[Mexican ceviche]
Mexican ceviche
Ceviche is typical of South American cuisine, made with avocados, tomatoes and fish fillet cured in lime juice. This is a personal version of Mexican-style ceviche.
104K 15 3 hours 9 min.

Miscellanous

[Artichoke hearts forestier ]
Artichoke hearts forestier
This recipe is not very complicated, but does involve some work: an artichoke heart with a layer of mushroom duxelle, a layer of fried bacon, topped with a poached egg and cream sauce. Everything can be prepared in advance (the day before for example), but the final assembly should be done just...
79K5 2 hours 11 min.
[Avocado with Tuna]
Avocado with Tuna
Here is a quick recipe for a simple starter: avocado, tuna, chopped herbs and mayonnaise.
12K5 12 min.
[Beetroot and cream cheese verrines]
Beetroot and cream cheese verrines
Diced beetroot, marinated in lemon juice and walnut oil, between layers of cream cheese with herbs.
27K5 2 hours 46 min.
[Crispy cheese parcels]
Crispy cheese parcels
Small crisp parcels filled with cheese and linseeds, hot and crunchy on the outside, melting in the middle. They can be served with a light green salad.
34K4.1 37 min.
[Crunchy verrines]
Crunchy verrines
Little verrines filled with a mixture of cottage cheese (fromage blanc), cream and coriander with diced radish, gherkin and shallot.
37K 24.8 41 min.
[Foie gras fingers]
Foie gras fingers
An elegant canapé which consists of a crisp layer of shortcrust pastry topped with a layer of foie gras.
31K4.6 2 hours 50 min.
[Green hummus]
Green hummus
You are probably already familiar with classic hummus. Here's a "green" version, still mainly chickpeas, but with added herbs and vegetables.
1,156 17 min.
[Ham à la Russe]
Ham à la Russe
Ham "à la Russe" is a slice of cooked ham rolled up around a macédoine of vegetables in mayonnaise.
12K4.3 8 min.
[Icelandic-style fish and vegetable pie]
Icelandic-style fish and vegetable pie
This recipe is made from vegetables cut small and blanched, mixed with pieces of salt-cod and cream, then baked in small soup dishes with a puff pastry lid.
82K3.9 4 hours 35 min.
[Mixed salad stack]
Mixed salad stack
A stack ("pressé" in French) can be made of sliced vegetables or other ingredients piled up and pressed in a ring mould to keep them in shape. The ring is removed before serving. This stack consists of tomato, avocado, red onion, hard-boiled egg and anchovy fillets. Serve surrounded with with a...
8,7815 30 min.
[Purée of Jerusalem artichokes with foie gras]
Purée of Jerusalem artichokes with foie gras
This recipe features a rather unexpected combination that works really well: the distinctive flavour of Jerusalem artichoke with the richness of foie gras. The Jerusalem artichokes are puréed with potatoes. This is serves hot mixed with very cold diced foie gras. The combination of flavours and...
12K4.1 1 hour 10 min.
[Ramekins of duchess potatoes]
Ramekins of duchess potatoes
Duchess potatoes are a mix of mashed potato and egg yolks, cooked in the oven, in a decorative shape and delicious. In this recipe they top a ramekin containing a layer of mashed potato, cooked leek, and thinly sliced bacon.
88K 24.6 2 hours 5 min.
[Scandinavian cocktail]
Scandinavian cocktail
A very refreshing starter, containing prawns and smoked fish.
78K5 54 min.

Salads

[Alsatian-style salad]
Alsatian-style salad
This salad is based on a traditional Alsatian recipe: cabbage julienne, warm potatoes, bacon, parsley and vinaigrette.
85K4.4 1 hour 11 min.
[Avocado, artichoke and chicken salad]
Avocado, artichoke and chicken salad
This fairly simple recipe combines slices of avocado, spring onions, diced chicken and artichoke hearts in a good vinaigrette dressing.
1,294 23 min.
[Baby courgette salad]
Baby courgette salad
Early in the season, it is easy to find young courgettes that are still small and delightfully crunchy raw. They are ideal for this salad recipe, combined with radishes and tuna in a lemon mayonnaise.
2,558 21 min.
[Baby spinach salad]
Baby spinach salad
It might not be obvious, but spinach can be eaten raw, as in this salad, where the leaves are shredded and mixed with croutons, lardons (bacon bits) and hard-boiled eggs.
3,617 42 min.
[Beetroot and fried chicken salad]
Beetroot and fried chicken salad
A raw beetroot salad, enriched with toasted almonds, diced fried chicken and potatoes. As beetroot tends to colour everything it touches, you can be sure that your diced chicken will be an unusual but attractive bright pink - children love this!
7,9054.2 39 min.
[Beetroot salad with cashew nuts]
Beetroot salad with cashew nuts
This pink — almost hot pink — salad gets its colour from the raw beetroot, teamed here with toasted cashew nuts and fried croutons.
4,7465 32 min.
[Bistro-style beetroot salad]
Bistro-style beetroot salad
Beetroot salad is a well-known classic, but have you come across the "bistro" version? The beetroot is still diced, but raw and served with croutons and fried ham in a rémoulade dressing.
2,729 38 min.
[Bistro-style red endive salad]
Bistro-style red endive salad
Have you tried red Belgian endives? They are similar in size to the more common white sort, just as crunchy, but slightly less bitter. They are the main feature in this salad inspired by French bistro cuisine: combined with chopped hard-boiled eggs, fried ham and croutons, in a rémoulade dressing.
2,120 29 min.
[Breton coleslaw]
Breton coleslaw
Coleslaw with a French twist from Brittany, using finely sliced raw cauliflower instead of cabbage.
2,036 17 min.
[Broad bean salad with Parmesan]
Broad bean salad with Parmesan
A salad that combines crunchy almonds, tender broad beans, with the flavours of balsamic vinegar, parmesan and herbs.
78K3.8 35 min.
[Brussels sprout salad]
Brussels sprout salad
It might seem unlikely, but Brussels sprouts are very good raw, like in this salad, pepped up with lemon and Parmesan.
572 32 min.
[Cauliflower and chickpea salad]
Cauliflower and chickpea salad
Chickpeas go well with cauliflower, so here is a salad that makes the most of this with sliced radishes for extra crunch.
583 19 min.
[Cauliflower and egg salad]
Cauliflower and egg salad
This very simple recipe combines crunchy raw cauliflower with hard-boiled eggs and herbs in a rémoulade dressing.
1,398 19 min.
[Cauliflower, chicken and avocado salad]
Cauliflower, chicken and avocado salad
In this really simple recipe, crunchy cauliflower is balanced with the soft texture of avocado and tender morsels of diced chicken. A delicious summer salad.
1,500 28 min.
[Cauliflower, red bean and avocado salad]
Cauliflower, red bean and avocado salad
This combination of crunchy (raw cauliflower) and soft textures (red beans and avocado), in a rémoulade dressing with fresh herbs, makes a simple yet delicious salad.
569 19 min.
[Celeriac Rémoulade ]
Celeriac Rémoulade
A classic recipe of traditional French bistro cooking (winter salad).
90K5 18 min.
[Cervelas salad]
Cervelas salad
This bistro-style salad combines potatoes and gherkins with, of course, the famous cervelas sausage.
21K4.4 54 min.
[Chicken and Avocado Salad]
Chicken and Avocado Salad
A delicious salad of radishes, tomato, avocado and chicken.
8,0675 32 min.
[Chickpea salad]
Chickpea salad
This quick salad includes chickpeas, of course, but with spring onions, radishes and chopped coriander, too.
11K4.7 14 min.
[Comtoise endive salad]
Comtoise endive salad
This endive salad has a Comtoise twist as a change from the usual pairing of endives with walnuts. The endives are finely sliced, mixed with fried smoked bacon, diced Comté cheese and a little chopped parsley, then dessed with a good vinaigrette.
3,945 38 min.
[Comtoise endive salad]
Comtoise endive salad
An endive salad given a hearty boost with fried croutons, diced Comté cheese and Morteau sausage.
1 26 min.
[Corn salad with croutons]
Corn salad with croutons
Corn salad (or lamb's lettuce) leaves mixed with chopped hard-boiled eggs, mushrooms, spring onions, butter-fried croutons, and - of course - a good vinaigrette dressing.
32K5 54 min.
[Cretan salad]
Cretan salad
A hint of Crete in the flavours of this salad, with a mix of crunchy and soft textures: diced tomatoes, sliced spring onions, feta and tuna.
4,168 49 min.
[Crunchy Cauliflower Salad with Lemon]
Crunchy Cauliflower Salad with Lemon
Crunchy slices of cauliflower and radish in a delicately flavoured lemon mayonnaise.
8,2974.6 16 min.
[Crunchy courgette and mushroom salad]
Crunchy courgette and mushroom salad
This very simple salad contains a mix of crunchy raw ingredients, balanced by the softer texture of tuna, and dressed with mayonnaise.
3,787 41 min.
[Crunchy radish and carrot salad]
Crunchy radish and carrot salad
Quick and straightforward, this fresh, crunchy salad is ideal for early spring.
1,989 16 min.
[Crunchy salad]
Crunchy salad
Crunchy vegetables, pine nuts and rice with a rémoulade dressing.
43K 14.6 36 min.
[Crunchy spring salad]
Crunchy spring salad
Fresh and crunchy, this colourful spring salad combines baby courgettes, radishes, cauliflower, beetroot and spring onions with chopped herbs in a good vinaigrette.
7,6804.6 27 min.
[Cubed salad]
Cubed salad
For this fun salad, all the ingredients are cut into small dice, hence the name.
15K4.3 49 min.
[Cucumber and salmon salad]
Cucumber and salmon salad
For this summer salad: slices of cucumber, morsels of smoked salmon, diced avocado and a little tuna, dressed in a herb mayonnaise.
49K4.6 28 min.
[Cucumber, avocado and mussel salad]
Cucumber, avocado and mussel salad
A bold salad idea that brings together 3 ingredients which rarely end up on the same plate: cucumber, avocado and mussels, in a rémoulade dressing.
1,489 21 min.
[Endive and cheese salad with croutons]
Endive and cheese salad with croutons
This starts out as a classic salad of shredded endives, but is pepped up with sliced spring onions, fried croutons and chunks of cheese.
2,863 31 min.
[Endive and walnut salad]
Endive and walnut salad
This salad has a double dose of walnut flavour: walnut oil in the vinaigrette and crunchy walnut kernels.
16K4.9 22 min.
[French bean salad with vinaigrette ]
French bean salad with vinaigrette
A very simple recipe for a salad of green (or yellow) French beans: The beans are boiled first, then thoroughly drained and served mixed with herbs, chopped shallot and a good vinaigrette (french dressing).
6,7954.6 35 min.
[Greek salad]
Greek salad
This is a classy version of that perfect summer food, Greek salad. The only difficult part is the care and patience needed for dicing the vegetables.
56K 14.9 57 min.
[Green avocado salad]
Green avocado salad
This salad is all green and fresh, with diced avocado, lettuce, spring onion and the softness of pieces of hard-boiled egg. The flavour is brought out further with a lime and olive-oil dressing, pepped up with a touch of Tabasco.
4,482 27 min.
[Green Piedmont Salad]
Green Piedmont Salad
In this version of Piedmont salad, the usual tomato has been replaced by raw courgette.
14K3.9 33 min.
[Jerusalem artichoke salad]
Jerusalem artichoke salad
This very simple salad combines thick slices of tender Jerusalem artichokes with chopped hard-boiled eggs. The salad can be served warm, with the artichokes freshly cooked, or cold later.
1,830 28 min.
[Julia salad]
Julia salad
This salad takes its inspiration from the famous Caesar salad, but is simpler. The combination of chicken with croutons is a delicious way to use up leftovers.
689 32 min.
[Lebanese Tabbouleh]
Lebanese Tabbouleh
Lebanese tabbouleh is different from the classic version. It is made from bulgur wheat (burghul), rather than semolina and, most characteristically, includes a lot of parsley.
13K3.9 48 min.
[Lebanese-style chickpea salad]
Lebanese-style chickpea salad
This salad combines chickpeas with cauliflower in a light yoghurt dressing, flavoured with lemon juice and sesame paste.
1,9875 24 min.
[Lemony cabbage and potato salad]
Lemony cabbage and potato salad
This salad combines, on the one hand, finely shredded cabbage with herbs and, on the other, diced potatoes. The fresh, summery dressing is made with olive oil and lemon.
1965 28 min.
[Lemony chicken and radish salad]
Lemony chicken and radish salad
This salad combines the crunch of finely sliced radishes with tender cubes of chicken. The tang which lifts the flavour comes from fresh herbs and the dressing of lemon mayonnaise.
5,2025 21 min.
[Lentil and cold-meat salad]
Lentil and cold-meat salad
This salad combines lentils, chunks of cooked meat, sliced hard-boiled eggs, shallot and herbs, with a good vinaigrette dressing.
11K3.8 43 min.
[Mexican salad]
Mexican salad
This Mexican-inspired salad combines red kidney beans with avocado, chopped onions and tomatoes. It is dressed with olive oil, lime and a touch of Tabasco heat.
2,8835 28 min.
[Mixed salad]
Mixed salad
Mixed salad is one of those simple but delicious summer recipes which go so well with a barbeque. It's a mix of several fresh vegetables, herbs and French dressing (vinaigrette).
70K4.6 1 hour
[Mixed salad with curry mayo]
Mixed salad with curry mayo
A mixed salad (avocado, artichokes, mushrooms and tuna) in a classic mayonnaise, but pepped up with a good dose of curry.
3,514 30 min.
[Mixed tomato salad]
Mixed tomato salad
This end-of-summer recipe is very simple: just fresh tomatoes with chopped shallot and herbs in a vinaigrette, but we can play up the variety of flavours and colours to make it something with real eye appeal and, above all, delicious!
7,6634.3 20 min.
[Multicoloured cucumber-tomato salad]
Multicoloured cucumber-tomato salad
This salad is a good way to enjoy tomatoes at the height of their season, and all the different varieties available with their different flavours and colours.
25K4.3 1 hour 3 min.
[Nanou's red cabbage salad]
Nanou's red cabbage salad
If you are used to the usual red cabbage salad (just cabbage in a vinaigrette), I hope you will be agreeably surprised with this more sophisticated version using herbs, diced Parmesan and fried croutons.
947 30 min.
[Paimpol salad]
Paimpol salad
This warm Paimpol salad captures the flavours of Brittany with mussels and white beans. These are combined with crunchy slices of baby courgette.
3,303 13 hours 22 min.
[Pea and avocado salad]
Pea and avocado salad
This very green salad recipe combines the soft texture of peas, avocado and hard-boiled eggs with the crunch of flaked almonds. Shavings of Mimolette add a colourful finishing touch with both flavour and bite.
1,242 29 min.
[Piedmont salad]
Piedmont salad
Piedmont salad is a mix of potaotes, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, gherkins and cervelas sausage dressed with mayonnaise.
48K 14.5 1 hour 19 min.
[Poivrade Artichoke Salad]
Poivrade Artichoke Salad
"Poivrade" artichokes are the small purple ones, often eaten raw in salads. Choose the smallest ones, as they are the tenderest and have practically no fibrous "choke". For this recipe, they are combined as a salad with herbs, spring onion and Parmesan shavings in an olive oil and lemon dressing.
14K5 23 min.
[Polish-style beetroot salad]
Polish-style beetroot salad
This salad combines raw beetroot with fried potato slices and morsels of smoked sausage.
7242 41 min.
[Prawn salad with a crunch]
Prawn salad with a crunch
This salad combines contrasting crunchy ingredients (radish, cucumber, gherkins, onions) with the softer textures of cold rice and tomatoes. The oven-roasted prawns are addded hot. The salad is brought together with herbs and a vinaigrette dressing.
24K3.9 1 hour 51 min.
[Purple sprouting broccoli and endive salad]
Purple sprouting broccoli and endive salad
This crunchy salad combines endives with purple sprouting broccoli and radishes in a good herb vinaigrette.
285 31 min.
[Radish and mushroom salad]
Radish and mushroom salad
This quick salad balances the crunch of radishes with the yielding texture of mushrooms.
1,436 19 min.
[Raw beetroot salad]
Raw beetroot salad
This is a very simple salad. It contains raw beetroot (of course), but also walnuts, parmesan shavings and a vinaigrette made with balsamic vinegar.
42K4.1 31 min.
[Red cabage salad with toasted almonds]
Red cabage salad with toasted almonds
This salad has a lovely crunch to it: not just the red cabbage, but also from thinly sliced radishes and toasted almonds.
3,335 28 min.
[Red cabbage salad with chives]
Red cabbage salad with chives
This simple winter salad recipe combines red cabbage with spring onions (or chives) in a good vinaigrette.
12K5 20 min.
[Rémoulette of celeriac]
Rémoulette of celeriac
This is a variation on the popular French rémoulade (a celeriac salad, similar to coleslaw). Here, a julienne of celeriac is mixed with chopped shallot, fresh herbs and a lemony rémoulade dressing.
3,110 33 min.
[Rice and fresh spinach salad]
Rice and fresh spinach salad
Spinach is usually eaten cooked. Though seen less often, it can also be eaten raw, like in this salad where it is combined with rice, crunchy radishes and tinned tuna.
2,444 27 min.
[Rice and purple-sprouting broccoli salad]
Rice and purple-sprouting broccoli salad
Like a classic rice salad, but with the crunch of purple-sprouting broccoli.
89 15 min.
[Roscoff salad]
Roscoff salad
This Roscoff salad, named after the pretty little town on the Brittany coast, is a delicious mix of regional ingredients: sliced cauliflower, smoked sausages and, of course, onions.
2,981 2 32 min.
[Salad paysanne]
Salad paysanne
This rustic traditional dish (literally "peasant salad") combines cold sliced potatoes and green beans (cooked separately) with chopped red onion and fried lardons. The salad is finished with a vinaigrette dressing and parsley, or your choice of herbs.
2,866 17 min.
[Salade Niçoise]
Salade Niçoise
Salade Niçoise is a typical Mediterranean dish that originated around the French city of Nice. As there is no real "official" recipe, everyone has their own personal version. This is mine.
16K4.9 40 min.
[Simple mushroom salad with thyme and lemon, 3 ways]
Simple mushroom salad with thyme and lemon, 3 ways
This aptly named salad is a breeze because you can enjoy it three different ways: raw, marinated or cooked, all prepared exactly the same way.
2,225 19 min.
[Souda salad]
Souda salad
The port of Souda in Crete is the inspiration for this colourful salad, combining cucumber and tomatoes with feta cheese. This salad is best served cold from the fridge, perfect for a hot summer's day.
2,869 58 min.
[Spring radish and avocado salad]
Spring radish and avocado salad
This spring salad makes the most of the season's big radishes, balancing their crunch with the soft texture of avocado, in a rémoulade dressing.
234 29 min.
[Springtime mixed salad]
Springtime mixed salad
This salad is a way to make the most of the first baby courgettes (if you can get them). The crunchy little darlings are mixed with shredded lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, tinned tuna and diced cheese.
3,242 25 min.
[Tabbouleh]
Tabbouleh
Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern couscous salad., moistened with olive oil and lemon juice. Its flavour comes from plenty of fresh herbs (mint and parsley at the very least), onion and tomatoes. This refreshing dish is ideal for warm summer or autumn days.
2,908 3 hours 24 min.
[Two-colour cauliflower salad]
Two-colour cauliflower salad
Towards the end of winter you can sometimes find purple cauliflower, as well as the usual white sort, or purple-headed broccoli (calabrese). Mix the varieties for a delicious, crunchy two-tone salad.
2,805 18 min.
[Valay salad]
Valay salad
This salad combines ratte potatoes, lettuce, radishes and chicken with a herb dressing.
22K3.9 1 hour 3 min.
[Warm broccoli and Tuna Salad]
Warm broccoli and Tuna Salad
In this recipe, the broccoli is served only just cooked and still warm with tuna, chopped shallot and cherry tomatoes in a good vinaigrette dressing.
8,1724 22 min.
[Warm chicken salad]
Warm chicken salad
This salad is a mixture of fresh, crunchy ingredients (spring onions, radishes and lettuce) with ribbons of pan-fried chicken, added while still warm.
27K4.2 29 min.
[Warm haricot bean salad]
Warm haricot bean salad
Melt-in-the-mouth haricot beans, pan-fried lardons and croutons with chives and a good vinaigrette dressing.
4,578 36 min.
[Warm lentil salad]
Warm lentil salad
Lentils boiled until just tender, then mixed with fried smoked bacon, onion, chives and dressed with a good vinaigrette.
50K4.6 53 min.
[Warm salad of potatoes and purple artichokes]
Warm salad of potatoes and purple artichokes
This salad combines red onion, purple artichokes cut small and slices of warm potato, dressed with a good vinaigrette.
23K3.8 54 min.
[Warm scallop and cabbage salad]
Warm scallop and cabbage salad
This salad combines the crunchiness of raw white cabbage, the softness of fried scallops and yielding cooked potatoes, bound in a good herb vinaigrette.
12K5 26 min.
[White asparagus salad]
White asparagus salad
This spring salad combines warm white asparagus, hard-boiled eggs and small croutons, dressed with a tasty herb vinaigrette.
14K4.3 48 min.

Sandwiches

[Chicken club sandwich]
Chicken club sandwich
In this club sandwich: chicken marinated in lime, fried bacon, lettuce, red onion and mayonnaise.
32K4.1 1 hour 42 min.
[Croque-monsieur]
Croque-monsieur
A classic of French "street food" or bistros: a slice of ham between two slices of bread spread with béchamel sauce. The sandwich is then sprinkled with cheese and toasted in the oven.
83K4 46 min.
[Italian toast]
Italian toast
These Italian toasts are slices of fried bread with pesto, omelette and cooked tomatoes, garnished with a basil leaf.
24K 14 49 min.
[Like a Boursin with garlic and herbs]
Like a Boursin with garlic and herbs
It is quite easy to make your own garlic and herb cream cheese, rather like the well-know Boursin. It's fresh, much better, of course, and delicious, especially with a piece of toast.
42K3.9 35 min.
[Pan bagnat]
Pan bagnat
Pan Bagnat is a traditional recipe from the Nice area. The name means "soaked bread", as it consists of a round bread roll that has been drenched with a mix of oil and vinegar then filled vegetables and fish. Years ago this was the snack that fisherman took with them on their boats, but this is a...
39K4.1 43 min.

Shellfish

[Avocado with Sautéed Prawns ]
Avocado with Sautéed Prawns
Just a classic prawn cocktail with avocado? Oh, no! The prawns in this recipe are sautéed briefly to enhance the flavour, then mixed with a curry mayonnaise.
8,4294.3 30 min.
[Sesame fried scampi]
Sesame fried scampi
Scampi, coated with a sesame crust, fried quickly, and served with a herb salad.
97K5 33 min.

Small cakes

[Cashew-nut and Parmesan biscuits]
Cashew-nut and Parmesan biscuits
For an ideal aperitif snack, why not try these delicious savoury biscuits made with cashew nuts and Parmesan?
748 1 hour 55 min.
[Crackers]
Crackers
These crisp savoury biscuits are ideal for dipping into a sauce as an aperitif snack. It is quite easy to make your own crackers at home and they are much healthier and even more delicious than the commercial kind.
28K 14.8 1 hour 38 min.
[Pesto crackers]
Pesto crackers
These are delicious little aperitif biscuits, really crisp and with the full-on flavour of pesto. They can be eaten on their own with dips, such as hot tomato or houmous.
6,916 24.1 1 hour 41 min.

Soups

[Celeriac soup with mustard]
Celeriac soup with mustard
This delicious creamy soup is very quick to make.
34K4.6 43 min.
[Chinese Soup]
Chinese Soup
This delicious soup is a flavoursome mix of herbs, mushrooms, soya noodles and small diced vegetables briefly cooked in vegetable stock. It takes a while to make and there are lots of ingredients, but the result is worth it.
30K 24.5 1 hour 15 min.
[Cream of cauliflower soup with smoked haddock ]
Cream of cauliflower soup with smoked haddock
This soup with a difference plays up an amazing flavour combination: creamy cauliflower with morsels of smoked haddock.
2,288 24 min.
[Creamy Winter Vegetable Soup]
Creamy Winter Vegetable Soup
This is a very simple recipe: lots of winter vegetables cooked in chicken stock, then blended. The soup's special finishing touch comes from cream and a spoonful of mustard.
12K5 1 hour 23 min.
[Du Barry soup]
Du Barry soup
Du Barry is a creamy cauliflower soup, including small whole pieces of cauliflower.
78K5 1 hour 1 min.
[Endive and beer soup]
Endive and beer soup
For this soup, the endives (chicory) and onions are cooked gently together first before adding the vegetable stock and beer. The endives and beer give the soup a hint of bitterness and a unique flavour.
19K4.3 1 hour 5 min.
[French onion soup]
French onion soup
This warming onion soup is an emblematic French dish, both in bistro cuisine and home cooking. This is a very classic version. The long, slow cooking is the secret to revealing its full flavour.
6,4503.8 2 hours 29 min.
[Hearty leek and sprout soup]
Hearty leek and sprout soup
The method for this rustic winter soup is anything but typical: the sprouts are first roasted in the oven, before being mixed with the leeks (pre-cooked with onions) and simmered in chicken stock. Served with morsels of crispy ham, the full-on flavour is sure to hit the mark.
766 1 hour 29 min.
[Late Winter Soup with Fresh Spinach]
Late Winter Soup with Fresh Spinach
This is a delicious recipe for an end-of-winter soup. It combines fresh spinach with diced potato and smoked sausage.
12K4.9 49 min.
[Leek and Jerusalem artichoke soup]
Leek and Jerusalem artichoke soup
Jerusalem artichoke and leek is a much rarer combination than the classic potato and leek, but it works rather well, as you will see in this recipe.
381 51 min.
[Leek and potato soup]
Leek and potato soup
A classic of French family cooking.
76K5 42 min.
[Light Broccoli Soup]
Light Broccoli Soup
This soup is simple and light but tasty, made with a delicate vegetable stock and broccoli.
9,4484.6 29 min.
[Mushroom velouté]
Mushroom velouté
This smooth, creamy soup with its lovely mushroom flavour is quick and easy to make.
34K4 55 min.
[Potimarron and celeriac autumn soup]
Potimarron and celeriac autumn soup
This soup has a naturally smooth and creamy texture. The blend of autumnal potimarron (Japanese chestnut pumpkin) and celeriac flavours is warmed with French mustard.
5,1044.6 51 min.
[Potimarron and leek soup]
Potimarron and leek soup
This autumnal soup combines the flavours of Japanese chestnut pumpkin (potimarron) and leeks - they go so well together. The resulting soup is velvety smooth and delicious.
6,698 13.9 1 hour 7 min.
[Pumpkin (or potimarron) soup]
Pumpkin (or potimarron) soup
A smooth and fragrant soup, it's much better with potimarron (Japanese chestnut pumpkin) than ordinary pumpkin.
79K4.1 1 hour 10 min.
[Quick courgette soup with cheese]
Quick courgette soup with cheese
This really is an express recipe, less than 30 minutes from washing courgettes to serving soup.
80K5 27 min.
[Smooth mixed vegetable soup]
Smooth mixed vegetable soup
Any vegetables you have, cut into small pieces, mixed with a shallot cooked in butter, cooked together then blended. Even better when it's cold outside.
81K4.4 2 hours 3 min.
[Sorrel soup]
Sorrel soup
Smooth with a slight sharpness, this soup has a very particular taste.
77K3.8 1 hour 4 min.
[Soup Cornouaillaise]
Soup Cornouaillaise
This rustic soup comes from Cornouailles in Brittany – France's very own Cornwall. It is made with fried bacon and onions, and thickened with a little buckwheat flour, typical of the region.
591 42 min.
[Super-green, super-thrifty soup]
Super-green, super-thrifty soup
It's all too easy to just throw away the leaves or other green parts of our usual fresh vegetables. This is a real shame, because most of them can be cooked, as in this very green soup that uses up radish tops, spring onion greens and pea pods. I'm sure you'll get how it's "green" in every sense:...
1,589 53 min.
[Turnip and Jerusalem artichoke soup]
Turnip and Jerusalem artichoke soup
This soup combines the earthy flavours of Jerusalem artichokes and turnips. This is the chance to use not only the roots, but the turnip tops as well, if possible.
223
[Turnip and sesame puree (tahina) soup]
Turnip and sesame puree (tahina) soup
For this quick soup, 15 minutes, an original turnip taste with sesame purée (tahina).
84K4.3 35 min.
[Turnip top soup]
Turnip top soup
It may no longer be widely known these days, but the leafy tops of certain root vegetables are edible, so it's a shame to waste them. Better still, the leaves can be made into interesting accompaniments for their root vegetable, or soups with amazing flavours. In this recipe, I will show you how to...
3,790 42 min.

Tarts

[Avocado "tarte fine"]
Avocado "tarte fine"
The French "tarte fine" (pronounced "feen") is a literally a thin tart, made on a precooked flat base of puff pastry. This delicious, crisp, savoury tart is topped with cream cheese, slices of avocado, a trickle of lime juice and fresh coriander.
1,480 59 min.
[Courgette tart with mint]
Courgette tart with mint
Fried rounds of courgette in a puff pastry case with a feta and mint filling. You will find that this combination of feta with mint gives an agreeable fresh lift to this tart.
46K4.1 1 hour 23 min.
[Mexican tart]
Mexican tart
This unusual tart features two star ingredients of South American cuisine: red kidney beans and avocado. The shortcrust pastry case is filled with a red bean and onion purée, then topped with sliced avocado dressed with lime and garnished with fresh coriander.
3,300 1 hour 17 min.
[Salmon and spinach quiche]
Salmon and spinach quiche
This quiche recipe uses a traditional filling mixture, but adds slices of smoked salmon and blanched spinach.
110K 14 1 hour 16 min.
[Thin summer tart "à la grecque"]
Thin summer tart "à la grecque"
A fresh, summery tart with a thin base of pre-cooked puff pastry, spread with a cream-feta mixture, and topped with slices of tomato and cucumber.
112 51 min.
[Thin tomato jelly and avocado tart]
Thin tomato jelly and avocado tart
For this sophisticated recipe, we'll be preparing a disc of tomato jelly to sit on a puff pastry base. This is topped with slices of avocado in a lime dressing.
1,035 5 hours 16 min.
[Tomato and courgette tart]
Tomato and courgette tart
This summer tart has a puff pastry base topped with a rosette of sliced tomatoes and sautéd courgettes. For a more substantial dish, add some diced feta on top before cooking.
51K4.2 2 hours 5 min.
[Tomato tart]
Tomato tart
This tart is very easy and quick to prepare.
62K4.8 1 hour 18 min.
[Tomato tatin]
Tomato tatin
A savoury shortcrust pastry with Parmesan is used to cover tomatoes cooked in two stages, first in the pan, then in the oven. As for a classic tart tatin, the whole thing is then turned upside down.
45K4.8 2 hours 35 min.
[Vegetable rosette tart]
Vegetable rosette tart
Blanched courgettes and carrots arranged in a rosette with a feta filling.
57K3.8 1 hour 52 min.

Terrines and pate

[Avocado and smoked salmon terrine ]
Avocado and smoked salmon terrine
In this colourful terrine, layers of avocado alternate with smoked salmon and diced tomato in balsamic vinegar.
54K5 4 hours 7 min.
[Foie gras cured in salt]
Foie gras cured in salt
This a quite different preparation from the terrine of foie gras, this time it does not go in the oven, the liver is salted for 48 hours and it "cooks" (or cures) in this way.
77K5 2 days 16 hours 28 min.
[Home-made terrine of foie gras]
Home-made terrine of foie gras
Preparing your own home-made foie gras from raw is immensively satisfying: good quality liver and a simply amazing flavour – much better than anything you can buy. This recipe is a bit tricky, but quite within everyone's grasp, as long as you follow the 3 most delicate stages carefully. These are,...
124K 64 4 days 15 hours 50 min.
[Terrine of foie gras]
Terrine of foie gras
This simple way preparing a terrine of foie gras is ideal for beginners. In this recipe the liver is passed through a sieve or vegetable mill rather than kept in large pieces. The final appearance is smoother, less marbled, but just as delicious.
56K 15 17 hours 8 min.
[Tomato and cream cheese terrine]
Tomato and cream cheese terrine
Tomatoes marinated in olive oil and lime, then arranged in alternating layers with cream cheese: one layer with herbs and the other with walnuts.
45K5 6 hours 12 min.

Traditional recipes of French cooking

[Vol-au-vent]
Vol-au-vent
The classic vol-au-vent of French cuisine consists of a very light puff pastry case (supposedly so light that it could fly off in the lightest puff of wind) with a cream-based filling. There are many different recipes for fillings. This version uses bacon, chicken, mushrooms and leeks.
35K4.3 1 hour 23 min.

Vegetables

[Asparagus "en petit pois"]
Asparagus "en petit pois"
As the name suggests, this historic recipe (see below for more details) treats asparagus like peas, Napoleonic French style: first cooked the usual way, then cut small (to look like peas), cooked again in stock, and finished with a cream and egg yolk sauce.
371 42 min.
[Cauliflower tabouleh]
Cauliflower tabouleh
In this tabouleh recipe, the couscous or bulgur is replaced with grated cauliflower florets. This gives it a very fresh and amazing flavour.
27K4.1 1 hour 38 min.
[Four-tier glasses]
Four-tier glasses
This starter recipe, served in a glass, consists of four tiers of different vegetable preparations. Each can be made the day before, and it's only the assembly that is tricky.
79K5 1 hour 36 min.
[Guacamole]
Guacamole
For this typically Mexican recipe there are two main methods: smooth mashed avocado (made with a blender), or simple mashed avocado (made with a fork) with small pieces. And you can add, or not, finely diced tomato. You will find the first version (smooth) below.
59K4.1 1 hour 21 min.
[Hummus]
Hummus
Hummus (or houmous), is one of the famous and delicious Lebanese "mezzes".
94K4.7 16 min.
[Leeks in vinaigrette ]
Leeks in vinaigrette
A classic dish of French family and bistro cooking. It's both simple and good. The secret lies in cooking the leeks until they are only just tender, so that they keep their lovely green colour. The special vinaigrette includes herbs and hard-boiled eggs.
39K4.3 45 min.
[The total turnip]
The total turnip
The whole turnip goes into this recipe, in which ramekins are filled with both the root vegetable and its leaves.
95K4.4 57 min.
[Tomatoes Macédoine ]
Tomatoes Macédoine
Tomatoes macédoine are stuffed salad tomatoes, filled with a macédoine of vegetables in mayonnaise.
14K4 45 min.
[Vegetable tartare]
Vegetable tartare
This amazing recipe from a great chef is surprisingly straightforward to make. You will need lots of different raw vegetables. These are diced really small, then bound with mayonnaise.
16K4.3 49 min.

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