POPSUGAR Celebrity

C'est L'Amour: French Eats For Feb. 14

Feb 13 2012 - 1:02pm

If a global menu [1] feels too daunting for your Valentine's Day dinner, try channeling a bit of Parisian romance by focusing on French foods. You don't need a view of the Eiffel Tower to feel the love — you can set the mood right at your own dinner table by pairing classic French dishes with your favorite sips. Here are 10 tasty dish ideas to help you create a Valentine's Day meal of festive French cuisine. Bon appetit!

Blood Orange French 75

Kick things off with a tasty bright red Blood Orange French 75 [2] for a fun and festive twist on classic Champagne. With a mix of gin, bitters, and fruit, it's a strong but refreshing way to start your celebration.

Brioche and Herbed Butter

Baguettes tend to get most of the buzz when it comes to French breads, but try baking brioche and herbed butter [3] for a fresh, light appetizer.

French Onion Soup

Take the chill out of Feb. 14 with a quick and simple French onion soup [4] recipe.

Niçoise Salad

Add tuna to a traditional Niçoise salad [5] recipe — you can split it and serve as a starter or double the recipe and make it your meal.

French Lentils With Potatoes

Looking to try something different? Try this hearty Winter salad recipe of French lentils with potatoes [6] for a healthy, filling appetizer.

Ratatouille Crepes With Goat Cheese

Kick the French factor up a notch by cooking ratatouille crepes with goat cheese [7]. The recipe is a bit time-consuming, but the cheese and vegetable mix offers a great savory alternative to typically sweet crepes.

Navarin of Lamb

Try a classic French stew to stay warm and satisfied with your sweetheart. With a light broth and rich meat, navarin of lamb [8] is an ideal main course.

Cherry Clafouti

Straight from Julia Child [9]'s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, this cherry clafouti [10] recipe is a supersweet mix of custard, cherries, and a light, flaky crust.


Go super traditional with your Valentine's Day dessert by making your own colorful macarons [11] — in fitting red and white, of course.

French Wine

For your dinner sips, shake up the standard Champagne routine with a rich French wine, like Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive Fleurie [12], that's perfect for toasting your other half.

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