15 Old-School French Recipes Your Grandma Used to Make
Everyone knows that the French can cook. (Seriously, how do they manage to do bread and butter better than the rest of the world?) And if you were lucky enough to grow up with a French grand-mére, you didn’t even need Julia Child to teach you how to make a classic boeuf bourguignon. Here are 15 old-school recipes she’d be proud to see you make. Bon appétit.
Cheater’s White Wine Coq Au Vin
Coq au vin sounds like something that should take all day, but this one-pot version is ready in under an hour. Make sure to save a glass of wine to sip on while you cook.
Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup
French onion soup is one of our hands-down favorites. There’s the savory broth, crusty bread and a mound of melted Gruyère. Plus, this hands-off version cooks in the slow-cooker all day, so you can go about your business with visions of cheese pulls dancing in your head.
Easy One-Pan Ratatouille
If a cartoon rodent can make it, so can you. Serve this with a loaf of crusty bread, and dinner is done.
Thyme and Garlic Baked Camembert
We’ve all made baked Brie with a whole jar of jam spread on top. But to class it up, follow the lead of Coterie member Gaby Dalkin (and French grandmas everywhere) and switch to the slightly funkier Camembert, with a simple herb topping.
Sweet Crepes with Caramelized Pears
Who needs pancakes when you can have these paper-thin crepes to devour? Eat them for dessert, or a particularly indulgent breakfast.
30-Minute Cheater’s Bouillabaisse
Your grand-mére probably spent hours on her bouillabaisse, and used every kind of fresh seafood she could find. But narrowing it down to just a few—cod, shrimp and mussels—and using canned tomatoes and seafood stock makes this an easy weeknight meal.
Croque Monsieur Crostini
An open-faced version of our favorite sandwich—crusty bread, tangy mustard and a creamy Gruyère cheese sauce. We’re not exactly going to call this diet food, but the smaller size makes it just a little more manageable.
We don’t understand how the clafoutis—a baked custard dish studded with fresh fruit—manages to be so creamy and so light at the same time. But we’re willing to keep making them until we figure it out.
Cheater’s Slow-Cooker Beef Bourguignon
Don’t tell Grandma (or Julia Child), but when you’re making beef bourguignon, the slow-cooker is truly your best friend. Set it, forget it and come home to melt-in-your-mouth tender meat.
The Best Potatoes au Gratin
Potatoes with cream sauce and plenty of melted Gruyère? Yeah, we’re on board. This is not everyday food, but once in a while it certainly hits the spot.
Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken
It’s practically the law in France that Sundays involve a big family meal with a roast chicken at the center. We can’t think of a nicer way to start the week.
Frozen Chocolate Soufflé
Making a classic soufflé can be a bit intimidating, but it pays to do it a day ahead of time. Once you’ve assembled, stick it in the freezer overnight, which helps keep the shape and texture.