Tarn-et-Garonne is a French department in the Midi-Pyrénées region, known for its rural character and cereal crops. Belonging to the academy and the court of appeal of Toulouse, this region of France is the place
Tarn-et-Garonne is a French department in the Midi-Pyrénées region, known for its rural character and cereal crops. Belonging to the academy and the court of appeal of Toulouse, this region of France is the place to enjoy the classics of French cuisine. Discover through this article 10 typical French dishes you must try during a trip to Tarn-et-Garonne!
1. Foie gras
This is a meal that can be found on every table during the end-of-year celebrations on the French territory. Foie gras is best served with brioche bread and a little fig jam or onion confit. To enjoy foie gras in Tarn-et-Garonne, you can go to a restaurant like the one at the Auberge de la Gimone.
Cassoulet originates from Languedoc-Roussillon. It is a pork, duck legs, and white beans dish. If the peasant families have consumed cassoulet for centuries, the French nowadays make this dish to gather their family.
Oysters are one of France’s most adored typical French dishes during the holiday season. It is a shellfish that can be eaten hot, although most people prefer it alive and raw. This dish can be eaten plain, with a shallot sauce, or with a dash of vinegar or lemon juice.
4. Basque Chicken
The Basque Country is one of the richest French regions in terms of gastronomy. Poultry, especially rare breeds of Chicken and duck, are raised here. The Basque Chicken is a complete dish where the meat is made soft by a piperade, a sauce made of Bayonne ham, peppers, tomatoes, and Espelette pepper.
5. Snails with parsley butter
Let’s go back to Burgundy to discover another atypical French recipe, that of snails with parsley butter, commonly called “snails à la bourguignonne”. Cooked as the name suggests with butter and parsley cream, they are presented in their shells and eaten with a small pick.
6. Breton pancakes
The Breton pancakes are found everywhere in the French territory. They are salted pancakes of a gray color that are made with buckwheat flour. Even if onion, egg, cheese, ham, and andouille are the classic fillings, the recipe has become more and more innovative for some time.
7. Flemish Carbonnade
France owes this dish to its proximity to Belgium. It is a beef dish that is simmered in herbs and lager. At the end of the cooking process, traditional gingerbread mustard is added to give even more taste to the sweet and sour dish that is the Flemish carbonnade.
A raclette imported to Savoie from Switzerland is a typical French dish cooked with a cheese bearing the same name. This cheese is melted and accompanied by gherkins, onions, cold cuts, and potatoes. It is the French winter dish par excellence.
9. Quiche lorraine
Quiche lorraine is a pie with filling. It is a pie filled with nutmeg, eggs, milk, grilled bacon, and fresh cream. These ingredients give it a smoky taste that is very appreciated in France. The quiche lorraine is now so popular that you can find it in a restaurant or a bakery.
10. Beef bourguignon
This is a traditional family dish. Beef bourguignon is made with pieces of beef that are simmered in red wine, accompanied by mushrooms and root vegetables. The dish is typically Burgundian, as Burgundy is known for its red wines and cattle breeding.
Historically, sauerkraut comes from China, then was exported by the Huns to Austria before reaching Alsace, where it is now the flagship dish of the regional gastronomy. It is simply fermented cabbage accompanied by potatoes, bacon, and various sausages. There is a variant, the “sauerkraut of the sea”, where the cabbage is not accompanied by pork but different fish (usually salmon, white fish, and smoked fish).
12. Cheese soufflé
The cheese soufflé is classic but technically complicated to make. Its success depends on the cooking time and the temperature of the oven. A few degrees more, and the result can turn into a disaster. So you might as well let a professional do it! If we talk about cheese soufflé here, you should know that it is also available in a sweet version with lemon or chocolate.