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Typical french family dinner

post #1 of 22
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Hi,

Can someone tell me what a typical family in France would make and eat for dinner? Please also mention what would a nice sunday dinner would be....

I want to explore more then just haute cuisine.
post #2 of 22
saucisson will definitely be a part of it edit - maybe not dinner though
post #3 of 22
The traditional sunday meal is gigot d'agneau (roast lamb) served with potatoes, mushrooms and vegetables, but it can vary. This is followed by a salad and cheese course, then dessert, then coffee. Red wine is drunk throughout.

The typical weekday dinner is less elaborate and it would be hard to pin down a typical case.
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The traditional sunday meal is gigot d'agneau (roast lamb) served with potatoes, mushrooms and vegetables, but it can vary. This is followed by a salad and cheese course, then dessert, then coffee. Red wine is drunk throughout. The typical weekday dinner is less elaborate and it would be hard to pin down a typical case.
Typical, as in typical of a family in the Northern part... I want the OP to prepare cassoulet.
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Typical, as in typical of a family in the Northern part... I want the OP to prepare cassoulet.
Last typical family Sunday dinner I went to in France was choucroute garni. I suggest he makes that. I think holy madness basically hits on it that there is good, traditional food over several hours with a lot of talking. At least, that is my experience out in the country. I think the latter two points are probably more essential than the actual food.
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Last typical family Sunday dinner I went to in France was choucroute garni. I suggest he makes that.

Alsacian almond carp ftw!!
post #7 of 22
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The traditional sunday meal is gigot d'agneau (roast lamb) served with potatoes, mushrooms and vegetables, but it can vary. This is followed by a salad and cheese course, then dessert, then coffee. Red wine is drunk throughout.
First time I hear of this
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First time I hear of this

Your people drink the blood of small children then go on to sell bolts of fabric for "pas cher".
post #9 of 22
Hors d'oeuvre (can be charcuterie, pate, saucisson, an appetizer or salad*)
Main course
Cheese
Salad*
Dessert


* some people eat salad before main, some after - there's no fast rule
post #10 of 22
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First time I hear of this

I've heard of it, but I am not french, so it might be about as prevelant as a ham dinner with pinnaple in the states (Somebody is eating it, but it wasn't my family)
post #11 of 22
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Hors d'oeuvre (can be charcuterie, pate, saucisson, an appetizer or salad*)
Main course
Cheese
Salad*
Dessert


* some people eat salad before main, some after - there's no fast rule

People that eat salad after the main course should be deported to Guantanamo.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Fuuma View Post
Typical, as in typical of a family in the Northern part...

I want the OP to prepare cassoulet.
Are you saying that's what he's asking for, or that's what I described?

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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
Last typical family Sunday dinner I went to in France was choucroute garni. I suggest he makes that.

I think holy madness basically hits on it that there is good, traditional food over several hours with a lot of talking. At least, that is my experience out in the country. I think the latter two points are probably more essential than the actual food.
Yes. Dinner starts at 8-ish and goes until midnight.
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First time I hear of this
Impossible. First time you've heard of gigot d'agneau served on Sunday? Uh, no.
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Hors d'oeuvre (can be charcuterie, pate, saucisson, an appetizer or salad*)
Main course
Cheese
Salad*
Dessert


* some people eat salad before main, some after - there's no fast rule
That's true about the salad. I dispensed with the entrée because I find a lot of families don't serve it regularly, but it's certainly done more often than in North America.
post #13 of 22
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I've heard of it, but I am not french, so it might be about as prevelant as a ham dinner with pinnaple in the states (Somebody is eating it, but it wasn't my family)

I've heard about sunday roasts in England - I hadn't heard about it growing up in France. Which doesn't mean it's not something traditional in some regions or families.

Ham & pineapple ?
post #14 of 22
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I've heard about sunday roasts in England - I hadn't heard about it growing up in France. Which doesn't mean it's not something traditional in some regions or families.

Ham & pineapple ?

Les roast beefs aiment le roast beef, c'est bien connu...
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Ham & pineapple ?


next time you're in chicago I'll hook you up with some ham and pinnaple.


I've had meals in french company cafaterias that we 3-4 courses and very nice. it seems wine for working lunch might be less common than it was 10 years ago, but I don't know if that is a universal thing. and try to explain to a french businessman that you watch what you eat, its like basically tatooing on your forehead that you are a sissy.
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