January 21, 2010

What Dish Says "France" to You?

The other day I asked un p'tit question on Twitter: If you had to choose just one dish that said "France" to you, what would it be?

The responses came in fast and furious. Many had exactly one dish in mind and others couldn't quite decide so suggested a few favorites. Most were very passionate about their idea of the quintessential French dish.

The most popular were:
Foie gras with 6 votes
Coq au Vin with 7 votes
Boeuf Bourguignon and Cassoulet with 8 votes
Confit de Canard with 9 votes

Even though it isn't a dish per se, the baguette was mentioned a couple of times, as was pain au chocolat. Not a single mention of French cheese however!

bcinfrance Foie gras, no doubt about it.

sheriffof0 Beef Bourgignon w/ Dauphinoise! Mmmmmmm.....

spacedlawyer Blanquette de veau à l'ancienne. Although Boeuf bourguignon might be more widely known outside France.

cutestmidget for me it's definitely confit de canard. or foie gras :)

jpack Bouef Bourguignon!

hamishwm coq au vin, foie gras, steak au poivre

frenchbabe09 Cassoulet !! Ca me manque :)

katethyme Savory dish that screams France? My favorite: Pan-Seared Foie Gras - with Brioche toast and Sauterne

Confit canard et pommes de terre sarladaises!

lucullian foie gras and sauterne

food_writer coq au vin!

home_gourmets For me, it's Ratatouille (savoury) & (sweet) Tarte Tatin, s'il vous plaît!

lifesafeast Oooh Blanquette de veau? Daube de beouf au carottes?

cowgirlchef Duck confit w/ a side of gratin Dauphinois

LostNCheeseland boeuf bourguignon!
LostNCheeseland keeping it simple, the quiche! (I know I said beef bourguignon yesterday, but this is über French too)

MyMelange So many to choose...Coq au Vin, Moules for dishes. Croque Monsieur for cafe food.

Foodbridge pain au chocolat but I guess that is not a dish -what about coq au vin

foodiechick tarte tatin, pomme anna

melrovens Cassoulet

k_sam Salad nicoise? Quiche? Steak frites?
k_sam C says coq au vin

VinsdeBourgogne Jambon beurre sandwich

lyonalacarte Blanquette de Veau

annief1 Crepes made with buckwheat ....from Breton...!

danamac escargot

nimble_wit Henri IV's poule au pot, sans doute

feteafete duck confit!

lezzles Confit de canard avec des pommes sarladaises.

brassfrog Not a "dish" but it would have to be baguettes; you can't find any here that are half as good.

peterwoodcock for me it would have to be 'bavette frites' - as served at Chez Felix in Carcassonne of course

foodwinediarist Rillettes de porc!

dinkypen - crêpes!!!

cookitaly Jambon Persillé - pot au feu - paté du canard - 3 dishes I know!

FifiFlowers Bifteck et pommes frites!

jemangepdx coq au vin!

karinakazue crème brûlée ever!!!

DesignBabylon Cassoulet? Confit de Canard? Macarons? Galette de Rois? Now my pathetic excuse for a dinner really won't cut it

AntoniaTable casoulet bouillabaise coq au vin

nativefoodwine Je pense Cassoulet

marieloua Confit de canard :-)

parisiensalon Tie between boeuf bourguignon and croque monsieur. Or confit de canard. Or a pot au feu. Damn. Now I'm starving.
parisiensalon Thanks to @louloufrance, I am now craving duck confit, but have no hope of having any tonight. Argh!

bellavventura Mais 'les crepes' evidament!

misterrios When we were in Paris, my girlfriend ordered the Oeufs a la Neige, and it is one of the defining food moments of the trip.

ap269 that would be baguette

Stefaniya Cassoulet! Soupe a l'oignon, bouillabaisse, magret de canard a l'orange, tournedos Rossini, croque monsieur... frites...

foodiechick Abbreviated RT @Stefaniya: @louloufrance: Frites!

letastingroom Cassoulet springs to mind of course, but moules as well and from our perspective in the Loire, rillettes.

leperchoir Difficult question - agree with @letastingroom about Cassoulet & moules but can't overlook Confit de canard and Foie gras !!

GastroGirls Coq au Vin or Boeuf Bourguignon. Or Bouillabaise.

aaronmalys Thanks! --> Crème brûlée

TheGringoChapin boeuf bourgignon!

foodloverkathy Savory dish that says #France is Beef Burgundy (couldn't spell it in French)
foodloverkathy Crouquembouche is a sweet dish that is #France

brockhallfarm beautiful crusty baguette with a great Beurre d'Issigny
brockhallfarm @food_writer @louloufrance yes, my suggestion was hardly a 'dish' but conjures up images of picnics en plein air,with or without du tracteur
brockhallfarm forgot to say, whether at the top of Montmartre or not, onion soup

winosandfoodies tarte tartine
winosandfoodies It's difficult to pick just one 'cos all are quite regional.

ParisMB i'm afraid dishes don't say "france" to me, they say "savoie", "bourgogne", "sud ouest" and many other lovely things :)

Then there was the one with the sense of humor.
cognacproperty Satellite??? (I'm no fan of regular French TV but Canal+ is fab)
(get it? - which "dish"?) ha ha ha...

What do you think? If you had to choose just one dish that said "France" to you, what would it be?

Oh yeah, I forgot to add my two cents:
@louloufrance Choosing 1 dish is difficult. I would say Coq au Vin (and Cassoulet and Sole Meunière and Steak Frites- I said choosing just 1 was hard!) Pin It
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