French Inspired Dishes Fit for Bastille Day
Every year, the French celebrate their independence from a strict monarchy with La Fête Nationale, better known as Bastille Day. This Sunday, July 14, marks the 133rd annual celebration. This national holiday is filled with celebration, food and friends. Sure, it may not commemorate anything specific to Americans, but that’s no reason not to indulge in a little cultural fare. Why not get in the spirit of Bastille Day this weekend with a few French inspired dishes?
Whether you’re thinking about them for breakfast or dinner, crepes have the ability to transcend all meal barriers. They are simple to make and can be stuffed with basically anything. Consider starting your morning with this simple recipe.
· 1 c. all-purpose flour
· 1 tsp. granulated sugar
· ¼ tsp. salt
· 3 eggs
· 2 c. milk of choice (whole is best)
· 2 tbsp. melted butter
Mix flour, salt and sugar together in a small bowl; set aside. Whisk eggs and milk together by hand or with a hand mixer. Mix in flour until smooth, then stir in butter. Spray your griddle or pan and heat it over medium high heat.
Once heated, pour batter onto the pan and tilt to spread it as thin as possible. Allow the crepe to brown before flipping. After browning both sides, add your favorite toppings and serve hot. Try with your favorite jam, whipped cream or even spreads such as Nutella.
Easy Chocolate Mousse
Interested in a fast dessert to tame your French cravings? Try out an easy chocolate mousse. Mousse is light and easy to prepare, making it a perfect quick summertime dish you’ll want to try over and over again.
· 8 oz. semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
· 3 tbsp. water
· 4 room temperature large eggs, separated
· Pinch of coarse salt
Melt your chocolate by combining it with water in a heat-safe bowl and placing it over a pan of lightly simmering water. Mix occasionally, until the chocolate is nearly melted. Remove it from heat and stir until it is smooth. Place it to the side and allow it to cool.
Whisk the egg whites and salt together in a stand mixer. Mix on medium-high until stiff peaks form.
Combine the egg yolks and chocolate mixture by folding in the eggs. The eggs will help loosen up the mixture. Finally, add the egg whites into the chocolate mixture with a spatula. Fold until no streaks appear in the mousse. Chill the mousse for at least three hours before serving. Consider serving the finished product with whipped cream for a light, refreshing dessert!
French cuisine is known for its precision and robust taste. Making these dishes will help you tap into your inner chef, and will result in food everyone will enjoy. These may not be the most complicated French dishes, but they are certainly two staples that you’ll be happy to make even when not indulging for Bastille Day.