Pay homage to the Queen of the Kitchen–Julia Child–by preparing these simplified classic French dishes.
Croque-MadameA croque-madame is a variation on the croque-monsieur, a French twist on grilled ham and cheese. Instead of dipping the sandwich in egg before sautéeing in butter (as you would for a croque-monsieur), grill the sandwich first and top with homemade Mornay Sauce, cheese, and sunny-side up egg.
Croque MonsieurThis version of the French-style grilled ham and cheese sandwich is like a savory stuffed French toast.
Quick No-Cook PatéImpress the guests at your next party with this quick, easy, and no-cook appetizer.
Espresso Crepes with Ice Cream and Dark Chocolate SauceSince both the crepes and chocolate sauce can be made ahead, this is the simplest of desserts. If you make the sauce ahead, warm it just before serving.
Basic QuicheThis quiche calls for store-bought frozen piecrust, which is a wonderful time-saver. Simply fill the piecrust with a mixture of sautéed yellow onions, fresh parsley, half and half, and Gruyère cheese. A sprinkle of ground nutmeg adds a little sweetness and brings all the flavors together.
Salmon Niçoise SaladLet your inner-Child out with this surprisingly easy yet show-stopping salad.
Quick Coq au VinCooking uncovered over high heat, the liquid reduces and concentrates its flavors in a fraction of the time required for the traditional long-simmered dish.
Shrimp Bouillabaisse FondueThis fondue contains ingredients that are typically found in bouillabaisse, a seafood stew from Provence. Once the shrimp are done, soak up any remaining fondue with cubes of French bread.
Herbes de Provence Lamb Chops with OrzoGarnish each plate with a lemon wedge and thyme sprig, and pair with a glass of fruity red wine to create a Provençal menu.