French cuisine can be a culinary masterpiece, created using techniques that require intense focus and attention to detail. Many French dishes take lots of steps and numerous ingredients to complete, and the cook must be knowledgeable in many areas just to get one dish right. French chefs take pride in their creations considering them much more than just a meal, but rather a piece of artwork full of color, flavor, and detail. Yes, but how can we make this detailed style of cooking somewhat easier for the rest of us?
Getting to Know French Cuisine
The cuisine of France has continuously changed throughout the years thanks to the many great chefs that have graced the cooking arena. Over the centuries, ingredients have been added, recipes have evolved, and the presentation and beauty of the meal has become just as important as the flavor and taste.
You will be happy to know that many of the ingredients used to make French dishes are found in the homes of each and every one of us right now. Milk, eggs, cheese, and bread are staples of French cooking. Other spices and seasonings such as nutmeg, garlic, onions, and vinegar give these typical French meals that extra something that makes them unique.
The quality of the food used in French cuisine is what makes the meal, not necessarily how it’s prepared. In French cuisine, you’ll find choice cuts of veal, lamb, poultry and beef in many entrees. You’ll also find a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as herbs straight from the garden.
Bring French Cooking Home
You don’t have to blow the budget or stress yourself out trying to figure out the art of French cooking. There are many ways to be frugal and creative at the same time. Take what seasonings and spices you already have and don’t be afraid to use them. The problem with many first-time cooks is they are afraid to mess up the meal by using too much of something. You have to let your imagination run away with you for a little bit when it comes to French cooking.
Not every French meal needs to be complicated. With the use of your slow cooker, you can make tasty French dishes much easier than you might imagine, and with less effort and stress. In fact, many French dishes are better using the slow cooker process; Beef Bourguignon is the perfect example. You simply place your cut of beef, wine, vegetables, and whatever spices and seasonings you choose in the slow cooker, give it time for the flavors to meld together. Pour yourself a glass of wine and you will be magically transported to a cozy cottage in the French countryside.
You can make everything from traditional soufflés, fish, and other seafood in the slow cooker and not have to worry about watching it every second. Slow Cooker cooking is definitely an easier way to cook for anyone pressed for time, or patience, but still wanting to create a French inspired meal.
Although French cooking may be a little intimidating at first, you don’t need to go to cooking school to prepare a delicious meal inspired by the best French cuisine. There are ways to shape any type of cuisine around your style and your budget, and French cuisine is no exception. The key to French cooking is to use your imagination, use what you learn, and then add to it over time. Weave together a tapestry of flavor, color, and the freshest ingredients right in your own home and you’ll be serving truly inspired French cuisine before you know it.
I’ll be posting a few French Cuisine recipes in this Crock Pot series over the next few weeks. Try a few and you’ll see how easy it can be to make a delicious French dinner.