French Comfort Food

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I have a long shelf in the Culinary Cellar filled with cookbooks about French cooking, even though I have never been to France.  Many of them are elaborate, fussy dishes to prepare, and beautiful to behold.  I may never attempt to make many of them, but then along comes French Comfort Food and I am ready to cook.  Doesn’t the phrase “French Comfort Food” make you feel like you can conquer any possible fear of French cooking?

Author Hillary Davis lived in France more than a decade and she collected recipes along the way, from Paris to family dinners.  Lines in the introduction say it all:  “If one could describe heaven, for me it would be having a meal in a French restaurant and being able to have all my favorite dishes.” She goes on to say, “the only thing that could make it better would be sharing it with friends and loved ones.”  And that is just what she has done in this book.

The book is divided into six sections:  Welcoming Starters and Savory Nibbles; Brunch French Style;  Soups, Sandwiches, and Simple Pleasures; Family Style Recipes; Supper for Friends; and Sweet Dreams.  Where to begin? For me, it had to be an egg dish.  I love eggs and find them one of the ultimate comfort foods.  I settled on the “Individual Caramelized Onion and Roquefort Clafoutis,” or if you want the French version, “Clafoutis aux Oignons Caramelises et au Roquefort.”  Don’t worry; it’s extremely easy to make and tastes divine.

French Comfort egg cheese 3 dishes

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Individual Caramelized Onion and Roquefort Clafoutis
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • freshly ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cracks freshly ground pepper
  • 4 ounces Roquefort, sliced into 4 equal slices
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  1. Butter four 1-cup gratin dishes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a skillet, melt the butter and cook onion on medium-low heat until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the sugar, turn up the heat to medium-high and cook until the onions turn golden brown and are caramelized.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, egg yolk, flour, milk, cream, nutmeg, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Divide the onions in the bottoms of the gratin dishes, add a slice of cheese, gently pour the egg mixture over the top, and sprinkle with the thyme leaves. Bake for about 35 minutes, until golden and puffed. Serve immediately.

See? Wasn’t that easy?  Tres bon!

French Comfort egg cheese 2 dishes blue fabric

I am looking forward to making so many of the recipes in this book, many which sound perfect for the cold months ahead.  Wouldn’t you love to do the same?  This book can be yours, too, as it is the giveaway cookbook for this week.

French Comfort Food cover with napkin and server

Here is all you have to do to enter the drawing for this wonderful book:

Here’s what you will win:

French Comfort Food by Hillary Davis

How to enter the giveaway:

1)  Leave me a comment here on the blog and tell me your favorite French dish or one you would like to learn to make.  That’s it!

2)  Winner is selected randomly using and is open to Continental USA only.  Enter now through this Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm CST.  Winner will be notified by Monday, December 15, 2014.

Good luck!

Congratulations to the winner of  Mexico The Cookbook, Andreann

Congratulations to the winner of the surprise weekend giveaway of the Martha Stewart Christmas Cookbook, Penni Harden

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14 Responses to French Comfort Food

  1. December 8, 2014 at 6:44 am #

    I’m not entering the giveaway, just commenting. When I saw that title, I knew I had to add it to my collection. My copy arrived a few days ago, and the Clafoutis aux Oignons Caramelises et au Roquefort is the first dish I intend to try.

    You know my love of French food. And French wine. And pretty much everything else French.

  2. December 8, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Roquefort! I can see how it compares to our Bouchon’s offerings…

  3. December 8, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    My favorite French dish Quiche jambon et fromage Gruyère

  4. December 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm #


  5. December 8, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    First, that recipe looks amazing and I will be trying it. My favorite French dish is quiche made with real gruyere cheese and bacon.

  6. December 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    French comfort food I grew up with included Conton. This is as I recall a pork based ground meat mixture which my Mamere served to us on toast with a sprinkling of sugar. Would love to make it. O

    • December 19, 2023 at 11:57 pm #

      I think you mean Cretons which is a Franco-Canadian specialty from Quebec. The closest you’ll find in France are filleted.

  7. December 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    My daughter loves duck a l’orange and comfort food is my thing. I’d love to get my hands on this book!

  8. December 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    I think the first French dish I would make is this “Individual Caramelized Onion and Roquefort Clafoutis” Looks divine!!

  9. December 9, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    pot a feu

    cookbook looks amazing … I’d LOVE to win i!

  10. December 9, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

    Mille Feuille make with chocolate

    • March 13, 2020 at 1:32 pm #

      Chicken a la providence

  11. January 1, 2015 at 6:13 am #

    This was the first dish I wanted to try when I saw it on “look inside” of the cookbook. Thanks for sharing it. Your presentation is very attractive.

  12. January 12, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    I’ve never cooked French food before but this weekend I’m dying to try to make this recipe!

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