Bastille Day is a French freedom holiday that is celebrated every July 14th. Why not enjoy the French festivities at home? This French-inspired menu features easy recipes for a delicate seafood soup (bouillabaisse), cheesy Potato Galette, and an earthy dish of Peasant Beets. Serve the irresistible chocolate croissants for dessert. Viva la France!
Galattes are hearty, rustic French pies that can be savory or sweet. After you season and roast sliced potatoes to a golden brown, add them to the simple pie crust. Sprinkle liberally with shredded cheddar and chives and crimp the edges of the crust around the filling. Bake for 15 minutes and serve piping hot with some Greek yogurt topping.
Are you a seafood aficionado? Then you will adore bouillabaisse, the classic French seafood soup. Don’t let its elegant presentation fool you, because it is a cinch to make! The tomato-based broth is seasoned with garlic, onions, and other savory spices. Cook generous chunks of white fish and prawns in the broth until done, and serve the soup with plenty of crusty bread.
Originally considered French “peasant food”, there is nothing paltry about the flavors of this dish! It is a mixture of sweet, tender beet slices, sautéed greens, and Swiss chard. Season it with salt, freshly-ground pepper, and a splash of white wine. It is marvelous when served with a mild cheese and warm baguettes.
Let them eat…chocolate croissants! Marie Antoinette may have insisted that the masses eat cake, but she would have adored these sweet delicacies. When you serve your astonished guests these elegant crescents of chocolaty goodness, only you will know the secret! You make them with store-bought puff pastry, chunks of dark chocolate, and a sprinkling of sea salt. Bon appetite!
About Chef Robert
My food philosophy is simple; food should be a feast of all five senses. Meals should be based on simple, tasty and smart recipes that are easy to follow. Instead of serving processed junk, I prefer to use fresh & seasonal ingredients. I gravitate towards all cuisines that are BIG on flavor. By cooking at home, we can all eat healthier and save money.