Questions tagged [french-cuisine]

Questions with this tag should be about traditional ingredients, preparations or dishes from France - such as macarons, cordon bleu or foie gras. Questions about ingredients common to French-style cooking, but which aren't about a specific French dish, should not use this tag.

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What is this French cuisine technique called, where “a piece of pheasant meat is cooked between two slices of veal, which are then discarded?”

A famed physicist Murray Gell-Mann compared a theoretical machinery in high energy physics theory to a technique in French cuisine, which he described thus: ... a method sometimes employed in ...
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What's the best way to make Béchamel sauce?

When I make Béchamel sauce I keep getting different results. Sometimes the sauce becomes too liquidy and never seems to firm up. Other times it might get quite lumpy, despite my use of a recipe that ...
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What is the difference between French and British cuts of beef?

What is the difference between French and British cuts of beef? I am told they just butcher the animals dfferently. Certainly the cuts don't seem the same. For example is faux fillet really exactly ...
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Reverse engineer the Perfect Japanese Omelet

I've come across this video of a very impressive japanese omelet and I've been trying to understand how it's done and what do I need to make it at home. I've seen this video reproducing the technique,...
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What are macaron “feet”?

This question mentions macaron "feet". What are macaron feet?
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Can clarified butter be used for beurre noir?

The first recipe of "The Nero Wolfe Cook Book" by Rex Stout is for Eggs au beurre noir. For the black butter sauce he gives the following instructions: "In a skillet melt [...] four tablespoons ...
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How can I keep the cheese from leaking out of my cordon bleu during cooking?

I use flour to coat, including the ends, and I use toothpicks to hold the wider part shut. Even when I try to fold the cutlet envelope style, most of my cheese melts out. I cook them on the stove top ...
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How to stuff bread puffs (Gougeres)

The other day someone delighted me to a Stuffed Gougere. Mind you, I've made these delicacies at least 50 times, I've never figured out a way to stuff them without either ruining the crust, the puff, ...
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What is the difference between making French baguettes and US style baguettes?

I have noticed that there is a large difference between French baguettes with chewy crust and consistent airy and chewy inside. Baguettes in the US are a different type. I am referring to the ones I ...
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How can I make the tops of my macarons smooth?

After a recent trip to France, I have become mildly obsessed with making macarons (using this recipe). I have made a couple of batches so far - the first didn't turn out well, more like cookies than ...
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Why didn't my clarified herb butter solidify?

I was making spicy clarified butter but wanted to avoid the flecks of red or black that can throw off the color of a dish. I decided to steep some basil and a few other herbs with an habanero in the ...
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Can I utilise a baking stone to make crepes?

If I will heat the stone in the oven, will it retain heat long sufficiently once out of the oven to make a few crepes? Will the dough not stick to the stone and will it distribute uniformly or it will ...
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New potatoes in pressure cooker with salt: how to optimize water amount and cooking time?

I am trying to replicate a recipe that my father-in-law performed once at home… well, not much of a recipe, rather a cooking style, as you'll see. The idea is to cook new potatoes (specifically, new ...
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Are all slugs edible?

I've heard about people eating escargot, but are slugs just as edible? I live in MN USA, and came across some all tan ones, but had no camera at the time.
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How do I make macarons de Paris in a neat shape and make them rise with the lip?

I have a recipe for macarons that works well; it says to use 2 trays while baking to get the raised lip. I find if I crust the macarons overnight, that the lip comes up because the goo inside ...
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Best way to cheat at hollandaise?

While I've been making it for years, hollandaise remains a fussy, error-prone sauce where the slightest error in technique, measurement, or timing results in an oily mess and a huge waste of expensive ...
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Why did my French onion soup with 'red' onions come out tasteless and bland?

I usually make the French onion soup with white onions. The prodecure I normally use is as followed: I slowly caramelize them on a low heat for around 40min. Then I add some sugar, salt and oil ...
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What ingredient adds the sweetness on Croissants in Europe?

I'm travelling in Europe right now, and in France, Spain, and Italy I've had croissants and similar pastries. Unlike the ones I've had in America, these have a bit of sweetness to them - my intuition ...
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How can you achieve the glazed top in a mille-feuille?

A mille-feuille (or tompouce) is a pastry, consisting of layers of puff pastry with pastry cream in-between (see this if you don't know it). If you buy it in a pastry store, I find that the glazed ...
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How did Cardinal Mazarin give name to a Swedish cake?

Mazarin is a classic Swedish pastry, well known in neighbouring countries as well in lots of variations. It seems that - as one with a bit of historic background may guess - it is of French origin. ...
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What is the standard ratio of sugar to cream in Crème Chantilly?

How many grams of sugar should I use for 250 mL of heavy cream to sweeten it? Some recipes omit sugar entirely, so the lower bound appears to be zero at least for some uses, but what is the upper ...
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Spring onion (green onion/scallion) in coq au vin?

I recently ran into an Australian recipe for coq au vin that called for "spring onions", which (in Australia) refers unambiguously to what the French call cébette: Oddly, the recipe calls for 800g of ...
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Beurre Blanc and Beurre Monte difference

I know that beurre blanc is made with shallots, an acid and butter, while beurre monte is made by just whisking butter in a bit if boiling water. However, I cannot find a source explaining the ...
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Water vs. milk/cream (or nothing) in traditional (French) omelets

Previous questions here have addressed the reasons why water or milk is added to scrambled egg mixtures in cooking. However, the two questions I've linked seem to parallel a distinction I've noticed ...
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How do I get the filling inside pâte à choux?

How do I get the filling inside a pâte à choux (cream puff)? Do I have to cut a hole in the baked pastry form? Also, is there a way to get the filling inside without a pastry bag? Using a pastry ...
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Can I save a Creme Brûlée with a soggy crust?

I wasn't thinking, and put the top layer of hardened sugar on my creme brûlée last night. Now it's a little bit soggy, and I'm trying to figure out how to save my dessert for a party today. By the ...
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U.S. Equivalent of French T80 for Sourdough Pain de Campagne

I'm a home sourdough baker in the U.S. and want to try a recipe that calls for the French T80 flour. Some questions: - I have read T80 described as half whole wheat/half bread flour, and also as all ...
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French equivalent of brisket

I live in France and would like to know what cut of veal is equivalent to American brisket.
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Is it possible to have a good crust without prebaking a quiche?

I'm planning on making a quiche (Lorraine with leek to be exact) and I was looking up recipes for quiches. Most recipes call for blind-baking the crust in advance (or at least partly), but some skip ...
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Hiding the taste of cornstarch in gluten-free bechamel

I tried a few times to make gluten-free béchamel, by using cornflour instead of wheat flour because I have some in my cupboard (for thickening sauces, even though it's somewhat considered cheating!). ...
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Why do English recipes of “sauce marchand de vin” call for Worcestershire sauce?

The “sauce marchand de vin” is a French red wine thick sauce typically served with meat. Its recipe in my French cookbooks call for two main ingredients: red wine and brown stock. It also uses ...
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French soup cheese

Growing up, I got to visit France quite a bit. One thing I remember eating quite a lot was fish soup (or soupe de poisson), and it was customary to add a grated cheese to it which would melt partially,...
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What types of snails are made into Escargot?

I am aware that not all snails are edible. Generally speaking, what types of snails are used to make Escargot? What qualities of the snail makes it a good candidate for Escargot. In addition, what ...
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What shape is a French omelette and how is it achieved?

I've seen them shaped like a rugby ball (but longer) but geometrically can't see how a circle can be folded into such a shape. I've also ordered French omelettes from menus before and they weren't ...
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Is there a Welsh recipe called cacan menyn?

In the Wikipedia article about the Breton delicacy Kouign-amann, there is the following statement: The Welsh equivalent is the etymologically identical cacan menyn, literally 'cake (of) butter'. ...
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why should the madeleine tins start off cold?

I have a recipe for Madeleine's which calls for the tins to be buttered, sprinkled with flour and then put in the fridge or freezer for the remainder of the prep time. What is the reasoning for this?
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Veloute consistency after being refrigereted

Not been into French cuisine much so I started to try to make the mother sauces for some fun. I cooked up some chorizo in clarified butter and used that fat to make a roux, blonded it, then stirred ...
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Îles flottantes vs. oeufs à la neige

Long ago, I ate at someone's house and was served pieces of meringue on chilled crème anglaise.* The hostess called it îles flottantes, but I have since heard it called oeufs à la neige. Meanwhile, I'...
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What does flushing mussels in water with flour do?

On Serious Eats, I read the following comment under a recipe: Why not flush before cooking? The correct spelling and translation, meuniere, means mussels a le miller’s wife. Because they add a bit ...
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Making a pocket-type french omelette without the curd sticking to the pan?

I'm trying to make the pocket/rugby-ball shaped type of omelette, basically the second omelette in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s10etP1p2bU . I want it to be runny on the inside and ...
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How long should snails be cooked?

I used to love the French snails, straight out of the oven in a heavy garlic sauce. Simple question: how long should they be in the oven and at what temperature? Anybody know what's in the garlic ...
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Escoffier's four types of chicken

I'm learning french and thought I would check out the master himself, auguste escoffier, and I bought "Ma Cuisine" on my kindle. In looking at the poultry section, he identifies four types of chicken. ...
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Julia Child beef bourguignon question

In Mastering the Art of French Cooking, for the beef bourguignon recipe, there is an instruction towards the end I'm not sure if I'm understanding. After the meat is cooked, you pass the sauce thru ...
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Why my croissant dough are always having butter going out during folding

Every time I make croissant. While I am folding the dough with a simple or double turn, I start to see the butter going outside of the dough and stick to the working surface. Usually I make pierre ...
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What's the name of the black-brown decoration sauce used in French cooking?

When my boyfriend and I visited France a few months ago, I noticed that a lot of savory dishes were drizzled with some black-brown colored sauce on top (see picture I took, which is a plain risotto). ...
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Langouste and Langoustine, what's the difference?

In France, you often see both "langouste" and "langoustine" used to describe edible orange crustaceans. What is the difference between the two? Both look the same to me, are they different species? ...
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Substitute for Cornichons

I know that cornichons are a type of pickled gherkin. None of the grocery stores in my area carry them. Would the best substitute be miniature dill pickles, miniature sweet pickles, or something ...
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Giant meringue French pastry - what are these called?

A few months ago we were visiting Paris, and in Montmartre, there were several pastry shoppes with large meringues. And by large, I mean the size of someone's head, or an American football. They were ...
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What could I substitute for coffee in an Opéra cake

I would like to bake an Opéra cake for someone who doesn't really appreciate the taste of coffee. Since coffee and chocolate are the two main elements, I am wondering: what flavour could I substitute ...
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How can I bake Cannelés more evenely with a big silicon pan?

I purchased this cannelés pan which lets me cooks a whopping 77 mini cannelés at once. I have tried it multiple times, with multiple recipes but no matter what I try, I have this result: The outer ...