44 Classic French Meals You Need To Try Before You Die

Everything you wanted to know about French food but were afraid to ask.


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Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed

1. Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Coquilles Saint-Jacques

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You think you know scallops but if you haven’t tried this dish, you don’t know shit.

Find the recipe here.

What to drink: A sauvignon or a Chablis.

For dessert: These scallops are often served for Christmas. So what better dessert than a bûche, the traditional French Christmas dessert to go with it? And who said you can’t serve this dessert any time of the year? Here is the recipe.

2. Baked Camembert

Baked Camembert

It is a Camembert. And it is BAKED. What more do you need to know?

Find the recipe here.

What to drink: A red Bordeaux.

For dessert: A tarte tatin, a French apple pie, to end the meal on a sweet and light note. Here is the recipe.

3. Moules Marinières

Moules Marinières


The association between mussels and french fries is a Belgian specialty, but it’s very widespread in France and we brought our own twist to the recipe. There are many ways to cook mussels, my favorite is the moules marinières, a recipe from the west of France where you cook the mussels in a white wine broth with shallots and parsley.

Here is the recipe.

What to drink: A blond Belgian ale, or a white wine.

For dessert: A clafoutis, traditionally made with cherries but you can switch them for rhubarb. Find two (very easy) recipes here and here.

4. Buckwheat Crêpes

Buckwheat Crêpes


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