15 Top French Savory Comfort Foods

Perhaps the weather has turned grim, you are overworked (and underpaid) or the kids just don't want to listen? There are many, many reasons why we crave comfort foods and occasionally, there does not need to be a reason you want to eat them, just because. 

French food is stacked with comfort foods, many are traditional dishes loved by everyone, and there are new ones coming along all the time. Here are just fifteen of the many you could choose from but there will be something for everyone...MORE here for sure.. ​

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    French Onion Soup Recipe

    French Onion Soup
    French Onion Soup. Credit: William Shaw - Getty Images

    Gratineed onion soup is an ultimate comfort food. Butter-soft, caramelized onions are cooked down into a rich, seasoned beef stock. Top it off with fresh garlic croutons and melted, bubbly Gruyere cheese and you have a rich soup, indeed. 

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    Classic French Gratin Dauphinois. Getty Images

    This gratin Dauphinois recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Potatoes are double-cooked in seasoned cream and then baked with Gruyere cheese until the gratin is butter-soft. 

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    brie and apples
    Brie Cheese and Apples. kcline-Getty Images

    This easy baked apple Brie recipe features hot, melted cheese and baked apples in a delicious contrast of sweet, salty, and earthy flavors. The whole appetizer takes less than 15 minutes to put together.

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    Boeuf Bourginion
    Boeuf Bourginion. Getty Images - Envision

    There are so many recipes out there for classic beef Burgundy, or boeuf Bourguignon. Here is the traditional version that you are likely to have encountered at some point in your life. 

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    Cauliflower Gratin
    Cauliflower Gratin. Laurence Mouton - Getty Images

    Creamy and comforting, this cauliflower gratin recipe features a classic Béchamel sauce punched up by just a little bit of fresh thyme. This gratin is a classic at Provencal tables.

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    Classic French Aligot
    Classic French Aligot. Getty Images

    Aligot isn’t so much a side dish as it is a work of art. Humble potatoes and cheese are beaten together with crème fraiche until they form silky, smooth ribbons of pureed potato.

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    vegetable ragout
    Vegetable Ragout. Getty Images
    Warm and inviting, this winter vegetable ragout makes the perfect home-style dinner. Serve this simple vegetable stew with a bottle of wine, a loaf of country bread, and a crisp, green salad for a complete meal.
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    French Macaroni Cheese
    French Macaroni Cheese. Matthew O'Shea - Getty Images

    This French macaroni and cheese recipe tastes velvety smooth, rich, and just a touch sophisticated - nothing like those little blue boxes of dry, salty mix sold in markets and convenience stores.

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    Tartiflette Recipe

    Tartiflette. Norris, Bob - Getty Images

    This Tartiflette recipe originated in Savoie, in the French Alps, as a recipe to promote the local cheese, Reblochon. Full of potatoes, rich cheese, and smoky bacon, it caught on as an easy to prepare recipe at ski resorts and has been popular ever since. 

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    Casserole pan containing vegetable ratatouille
    Ratatouille. Philip Wilkins / Getty Images

    Undoubtedly one of the most famous comfort foods dishes which hails from Provence. The dish is packed with summer sunshine vegetables so it is no wonder this dish will bring cheer.   

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    Potatoes Anna Recipe

    Pommes Anna
    Pommes Anna. Carolyn Taylor Photography - Getty
    The dual allure of this potatoes Anna recipe: a buttery, soft potato cake on the inside, with a crisp, golden exterior. So simple that it takes only a few ingredients, pommes Anna makes a rustic side dish of potatoes elegant and refined.
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    cheese fondue
    Cheese Fondue. Caroline Martin - Getty Images
    Smooth and rich, this fondue Savoyarde recipe is the classic apres ski dish on menus in the French alps. Luxurious and velvety, this French Alpine fondue recipe is perfect for retro fondue parties or when you happen to be stuck inside on a snowy night.
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    Roasted Pepper Boursin Cheese Recipe. Getty Images

    Fresh cheese spread gets an updated flavor in this roasted pepper Boursin cheese recipe. The cheese is dressed up with smashed garlic, fresh herbs, and jarred roasted red peppers. 

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    Coquilles St Jacques
    Coquilles St Jacques. Carlina Teteris - Getty Images

    This Coquilles Saint-Jacques recipe is traditionally served on little scallop shells, but ovenproof ramekins are a great substitution. It features scallops and mushrooms, sautéed in butter with seasonings, a Gruyere and breadcumb topping. 

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    Souffle. William Shaw - Getty Images
    This traditional cheese soufflé is light, airy, and savory - everything a cheese soufflé should be! This easy recipe can be whipped up in 15 minutes for flawless results. Gruyere and Comte cheese can be used interchangeably in this bistro classic.