If there’s one thing that the French are passionate about, it’s food and drink. From perfectly cooked steaks to rich sauces and decadent desserts, France is a country where you’re never far from a delicious meal; and the Alps are no exception.
Alpine cuisine is characterised by its creaminess - you’ll find plenty of cheese and lots of hearty dishes that are great for warming you up after a long day on the slopes.
The most famous of the Alps’ cheesy dishes and staple of the 1970s dinner party has got to be fondue, in which diners dip various foods including bread and meats into a communal pot of cheese, melted and mixed with eggs and wine.
It’s decadent, delicious and found all over the Alps, but in France you’ll often find it’s made with more traditionally French cheeses.
In lots of ski resorts you’ll find restaurants also serve chocolate fondue as a dessert option; always a firm favourite with the kids, but perhaps a little too rich for most adults!
Essentially a fancy version of grilled cheese, raclette is usually served in restaurants as slices of cheese which diners can then grill to to brown and eat accompanied by sides like boiled potatoes, charcuterie meats and vegetables.
It’s a sociable way to eat, like fondue, that’s popular with groups unwinding after a day on the slopes.
Like fondue and raclette, tartiflette is a cheesy dish but has less of a communal aspect; it’s a cheesy bake of potatoes, onions, bacon lardons and cheese that will fill you and warm you up at the same time.
It’s simple but tasty - serve it as a side dish if you’re worried it will be too heavy.
You’ll find lots of fish served in the restaurants of the French Alps; fresh salmon and trout from the Alpine lakes are cooked simply and complemented by local herbs to create stunning dishes that are a lighter option than many of the region’s more decadent dishes!
If you’re enamoured with the foodie delights of the French Alps and fancy purchasing a property in the region, contact us today to see our portfolio of properties in resorts including Megeve, Praz Sur Arly, Chamonix, St Gervais, Morzine, Les Gets, Chatel, Meribel, Courchevel, Val D’Isere and St Martin de Belleville.
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