10 Classic French-Inspired Recipes to Try feat. Staub

Feb 16, 2023

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It goes without saying that we love French cuisine.

For one thing, Sur La Table is French for “on the table,” which is where we gather to enjoy eating a delicious meal together.

And of course, we love cooking our French dishes in Staub’s high-quality cast iron cookware, made in the heart of the Alsace region of France along the Rhine river since 1974.

If you haven’t tested your cooking chops (pun intended) in one of their enameled cast iron cocottes, plancha, versatile pans or classic skillet, this is your sign. In fact, we’re so excited for you to add Staub to your kitchen that we’re offering these and other select Staub products at up to 70% off!

To offer a bit of inspiration, we’ve scoured through our collection of recipes to bring you 10 French-inspired dishes that are worthy of every “bon appétit.”

Check them out below.


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Port Braised Short Ribs with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions

Ideal for: Staub Heritage All-Day Pan with Domed Glass Lid, 3.5 qt.

Hearty and chockful of herbs and aromatics, this is a beef stew sure to impress!

The short ribs braise for about 3 hours to evoke as much juicy tenderness as possible, while the pearl onions, garlic and fresh herbs mingle in a red wine broth that’s as elegant as it is simple.

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Duck with Rosé Cherry Gastrique

Ideal for: Staub Traditional Skillet, 11”

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating duck, you know that one thing is for certain: it’s all about the fat.

It’s basically culinary gold—sweet like butter with an incomparable richness that is, as the French would say, “très magnifique!”

The flavor of the duck is complemented by the layers of tangy sweetness from the sauce (gastrique), made with rosé wine, Champagne vinegar and two types of cherries.

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Grilled Summer Ratatouille

Ideal for: Staub Cast Iron Double-Burner Griddle and Plancha

If you’ve never tried ratatouille, it’s a remarkably simple but delicious dish of sliced vegetables (typically squash, eggplant and zucchini) roasted atop a delicate sauce and sprinkled with fresh herbs.

This version gets a splash of sunshine using fresh, seasonal vegetables roasted on the grill and topped with a simple dressing made from olive oil, garlic, oregano, parsley, salt and pepper. It’s bright, easy and perfect for those sunny days ahead.

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Beef Bourguignon

Ideal for: Staub Oval Dutch Oven, 7 qt.

Even if you haven’t seen the iconic film, Julie & Julia, you’ve likely heard of Julia Child and her renowned version of this classic French stew.

And while this recipe isn’t pulled from pages of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, it is artfully and classically French. Chunks of beef are seared and simmered for up to 2 hours in a sauce made from beef broth and red wine alongside carrots, mushrooms, pearl onions and a bouquet of fresh herbs.

Trust us, this one is definitely worth the wait.

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Chicken Chasseur

Ideal for: Staub Round Dutch Oven, 7 qt.

If you didn’t take French in high school, you might have thought this dish was named after that guy who wrote the Canterbury Tales. But in fact, chasseur is the French word for “hunter,” and wholly appropriate for this rustic, belly-warming dish.

Legend has it, a hunter returning from the day’s hunt would have brought back his game and whatever mushrooms he found along the way. That, along with his favorite wine, would form the base of this creamy, savory sauce.

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Pear Tarte Tatin

Ideal for: Staub Heritage All-Day Pan with Domed Glass Lid, 3.5 qt.

If you can’t wrap your head around this recipe’s pronunciation (it’s “tart tah-tan”, by the way), just know that it’s basically the French version of a pineapple upside-down cake, but made with juicy, caramelized pears.

Homemade caramel and real vanilla bean imbue a rich, creamy sweetness to this dish that shines alongside the flaky, buttery crust. Serve with homemade vanilla ice cream for a delicious after-dinner treat.

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French Onion Soup

Ideal for: Staub Deep Dutch Oven, 5qt

Few dishes are as ubiquitous as French Onion Soup.

In fact, you can find some version of this classic French soup in restaurants across the US. And with layers of savory, caramelized onions and sharp herbs that mingle in a broth made from beef stock and sherry, it’s no surprise people couldn’t get enough of it.

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Quick Coq Au Vin

Ideal for: Staub Coq Au Vin Dutch Oven, 5.75 qt.

You might be surprised to see the words “coq au vin” and “quick” in the same recipe, but this modern take on the French classic is sure to impress.

Perfected by renowned French chef Jacques Pépin, this recipe uses more tender cuts of chicken (versus the more traditional “old bird” or coq) and browns them to build the base. Then, the herbs and wine are added to the pan, developing into a rich, juicy and slightly jammy sauce that’s so good, you’d think it took hours to make.

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Swiss Chard Au Gratin

Ideal for: Staub Stoneware Oval Baking Dish, 12”

Fun fact: Swiss chard is not actually from Switzerland! The leafy green is actually native to Sicily but is used widely throughout Europe in a variety of cuisines and dishes.

But this French dish, which literally translated means “with a crust,” is most definitely our favorite. —With its heaps of creamy-sweet butter and salty Parmigiano Reggiano cheese that’s baked until it’s melted and bubbly, we’ve never been so excited for chard.

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Bouillabaisse with Creamy Garlic Aioli

Ideal for: Staub Round Dutch Oven, 7 qt.

With its gorgeous coastlines and warm, sunny weather, Marseille is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, with an estimated 4 million tourists visiting the city in 2021. But, for the food obsessed (guilty as charged), it’s the only place to experience one of the most classic of French stews: bouillabaisse.

And sure, you could hop on a plane and jet across the Atlantic for an authentic taste of this famous seafood stew. Or, you could try your hand at this recipe, made with a whopping 2½ pounds of fresh seafood and homemade fish broth that’s worth staying home for.

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