Thursday, July 14, 2011

Celebrating Bastille Day with French Classics

July 14th is Bastille Day, the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison which marked the beginning of the French Revolution.

To celebrate Bastille Day and all the French contributions from the chateau to democracy to the souffle, we've assembled a classic French menu that everyone will enjoy. Home cooks should practice French dishes because many form the basis of the best dishes we've ever eaten.

To help you find the best French dishes, we fired up the FoodPair search engine and found a handful of great recipes from across the Web.

Celery Root Bisque with Thyme Croutons
Celebrate with this great version of French bisque.
Ingredients: shallot, butter, celery, thyme, whipping cream, chicken broth, Russet potato

Mustard-Roasted Chicken (with Warm Frisée Salad)
There's nothing like a juicy roasted chicken.
Ingredients: garlic, olive oil, chicken, rosemary, thyme, sage, Dijon mustard, Italian parsley

Garlic Truffle Fries
Classic French frites are enhanced by garlic and truffle oil.
Ingredients: garlic, truffle oil, parsley, Russet potato, cooking oil, truffle salt

Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots
Haricots Vert are fantastic with shallots & bacon.
Ingredients: bacon, green bean, shallot, butter

Dark Chocolate & Lime Souffles
Make shave ice at home and top it with great Hawaiian ingredients!
Ingredients: egg, sugar, salt, whipping cream, semi-sweet chocolate, lime juice, bittersweet chocolate, lime peel

Now it's time to cook and eat!

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