Les spécialités parisiennes

What are the Paris specialities?

Paris is known throughout the world for its gastronomy. It must be said that in France we know how to eat well! And yet I challenge you to quote me 3 typical Parisian dishes! Difficult, huh? And yes, because you will have noticed that French culinary specialities are often associated with regions such as beef bourguignon or Alsatian sauerkraut. But what about typical Parisian specialities? Don’t worry, you certainly know some and you can always go to a brewery or restaurant to taste some after reading this article.

The macaroons

We start with these delicious and delicate sweets which make all the fame of France and Paris abroad. How good macaroons are, how fancy! And good macaroons are often quite expensive, you have to admit. But this is partly due to a very delicate creative process that has to be done to the second. But where does the button really come from? Nobody really knows and many cities (French or foreign) claim his invention. One thing is certain, however, it is France and Parisian chic that have managed to become the worthy heirs by incorporating the delicious nonexistent ganache in the original confection. And we’re good with that.

The Saint Honoré

It is beautiful, it is majestic! The Saint-Honoré makes us the honor of being our dessert or our gourmet break ! It must be said that the mixture of choux pastry, Chiboust cream and caramel has its effect. Greedy as we are, hard to resist. The Saint-Honoré is a jewel of Parisian cuisine and a local specialty. It owes its name to the patron saint of bakers and confectioners who was also bishop of the city of Amiens. He is not the only one since it is in Paris that Millefeuille, Religieuse and others were born…

The ham butter sandwich

Here is a classic of the classics that is no longer presented in France : the ham-butter sandwich, also sometimes nicknamed “the Parisian”. As this complete article in the newspaper Le Parisien tells us, we owe our famous sandwich to Count John Montagu, an Englishman who wanted to have lunch during his poker games. The dish would then have crossed the maritime border between England and France to establish itself deeply in the roots of our country. First made from large loaves of bread, the ham-butter sandwich was the basic “snack” of many workers and working classes during the lunch break. Later, the loaf was replaced by the baguette, which gradually made it an emblematic French meal.

The croque-monsieur

It’s hard not to love that one. Croque-monsieur is a typical Parisian speciality and we challenge you not to find it on the menu of a brasserie in the capital! It is the perfect snack, simple to prepare, delicious, greedy and more often accompanied by green salad. What more could you ask for? The first known appearance of the dish in France dates back to 1910 in a bistro in the “rue des Capucines”. Marcel Proust also quotes it in one of his books at the same time. No doubt the French have been enjoying this simple dish for decades! If we know where it comes from, the origin of its name remains a mystery. But to avoid jealousy, we also invented the croque-madame.

The Parisian flan

Parisian flan is beautiful when it’s well made. All yellow dressed, it dazzles us with his eyes when we contemplate it in the middle of other pastries. With its smooth and shiny gilding and its imposing weight, it assures itself a star side and we love it like that the pastry flan! If it is typically Parisian, the flan is also a dish that has been found for centuries in cuisines around the world. Well yes don’t be too chauvinistic, cooking with eggs isn’t very complicated! But the great French chefs knew how to sublimate it and to decorate it with some secrets which make the Parisian flan really delicious. Go and test the chocolate flan of Cyril Lignac’s shops, you will tell us about it!

The hash parmentier

Well then, don’t you often eat hash parmentier? You’re so wrong because it’s delicious! This recipe often suffers from an image of a canteen dish too simple and tasteless and yet ! You would be surprised by the taste to fall of certain hashies proposed by restaurants of Paris. Contrary to popular belief, the specialty does not owe its name to the town of Parmentier but to a man: Antoine-Augustin Parmentier. The latter would have introduced our dear potato into France, yes only that, and saved France from famine in the 18th century. As a tribute, this Parisian dish was named after him. Why don’t you go eat one in a good restaurant and bet it’s been a while since you’ve had one?!

Onion soup

Aaaah a nice onion soup! Well, it may not be the ideal recipe for a romantic evening, but did you know that this onion soup has very noble origins? Legend has it that this soup was invented by Louis XIV or his son during a craving night. With only onions, butter and champagne at hand, the maid made soup out of it and it became popular throughout the kingdom. What better way to spend the harsh winter evenings than a good soup with browned onions in butter, topped with cheese? Not much indeed.

Steak and french fries

Okay, we’re cheating on that a little bit. Steak and french fries are not a purely Parisian speciality. But who  in Paris hasn’t eaten dozens?! Go ahead, turn yourself in! The dish is so established in the French culinary landscape that it becomes difficult not to index it in this list of Parisian specialities. It is often right next to the Croque-Monsieur on the slate of the day’s suggestions. If the origin of French fries is very controversial, we have chosen to support the French version (well yes eh). According to the anecdote, fried potatoes were once called “pommes-pont-neuf” because of their creation on the famous Parisian bridge during the French Revolution. Maybe the truth is elsewhere, but we like this version.

France, land of specialities and pleasures

Despite its certain richness (and its high concentration in desserts) French cuisine is not limited to Parisian specialities. No, it’s much more varied than that! Take the time to taste beef bourguignon, rabbit with prunes or calissons. But also let yourself be carried away by new flavours from the Orient or elsewhere! Paris is fortunate to be a multicultural city that hosts superb restaurants of world cuisine. Bon appétit!

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