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5 of the Best Provencal Recipes Inspired by Southern France

Looking for authentic cuisine? Are you a big fan of France? If you said “yes” to both of these, then read on!

Of all the places in the world, France is well-known for its various cuisines that many curious foodies and tourists want to get their hands on right now. Yes, there’s no national cuisine more venerated than that of France, and no French region more famous for its culinary wonders than in the southern region of the country. So, the next time you take a trip to Provence – or at least, want to experience the best of the South of France at home – check out these 5 great cooking ideas!

1. Aioli

Grand Aïoli Provencal Classic Aioli Provence Recipes @GingerandNutmeg

First, Aioli is a unique dish to consider, when it comes to Southern French cuisine. In fact, this dish is actually a foundation of Provençal cuisine. So, what is it?

Aioli is actually a sauce that you can either have as a sandwich topping or have as a dipping sauce for your fries. To create this zesty-yet-creamy complement to many of your dishes, all you need are a mixture of:
• Garlic
• Olive oil
• Egg yolk, AND
• Lemon juice

Le Grand Aïoli from Provence
As the weather cools you can serve the vegetables and seafood warm. A classic Aioli meal is much like a fondue, it should take time to savour.
Check out this recipe
Grand Aïoli Provencal Classic Aioli Provence Recipes @GingerandNutmeg

Or, you can eat aioli like Provence locals do – surround it with plenty of boiled vegetables, poached fish, and hard-boiled eggs, making it a great dipping sauce for almost anything!

2. Soupe au Pistou

Soupe au Pistou (or Pistou soup) is Provence’s way of providing a more common and tastier Italian pesto. Normally, pesto is made with garlic, basil, pecorino cheese and pine nuts, which are then ground together to form a paste that can be added to pasta or sandwiches. The Provençal pistou has a similar process, but it doesn’t have the pine nuts.

Grain Soup Soupe d'epeautre #TastesofProvence @CocoaandLavender

In fact, the Pistou “pesto” is added to a soup made with white beans, green beans, and tomatoes. Sounds yummy, right? If you want to experience this dish, then try some during the summer. Why? According to purists, this dish is a summer soup, traditionally eaten in July and August, when all the ingredients are deemed fresh, in season, and with the most flavour.

Soupe au Pistou
This soup tastes better the next day after the ingredients have had a chance to get to know each other. Make both the soup and the pistou in advance that way when your guests arrive you can enjoy their company. See recipe note on making pistou.
Check out this recipe
Soupe au Pistou Provencal
Soupe d'épeautre
A Provençal equivalent to Mom's homemade chicken noodle soup. This hearty vegetable and petit épeautre soup will surely satisfy even the hungriest of appetites.
Check out this recipe
Grain Soup Soupe d'epeautre #TastesofProvence @CocoaandLavender

3. Socca

Nice Socca Local Cuisine

Essentially a pancake made from chickpeas, Socca is made in the same way as a crêpe and is a delicacy in Nice and its Italian neighbours. While it’s a common street food of Nice, locals swear that it’s a must-eat menu item, especially when touring the market stalls in town.
Here are the best places to grab this delicious food item, if you happen to stop by Nice:
• The restaurant Lou Pilha Leva
• The Flower Market (at the Chez Theresa cart)
• The Marché Forville in Cannes

Ceviche Provencal with Socca
A South American idea with Provencal ingredients and a nice chickpea hummus to nicely finish the dish.
Check out this recipe
Ceviche Provencal scocca @cooknwithclass

4. Ratatouille

Gérald Passedat's Ratatouille By Richard Haughton

Believe it or not, this dish from Southern France now has a large following, thanks to health food crazes and the well-known Pixar film of the same name. Originally dismissed as a peasant meal of inexpensive vegetables, ratatouille has now become an iconic French dish. The stew is made up of the following (if you were curious to make some yourself, of course):
• Tomatoes
• Eggplants
• Onion
• Zucchini, AND
• Bell peppers

Slow-cooked with garlic and herbes de Provence, this dish is super easy to make!

Provencal Ratatouille Recipe
The traditional ratatouille recipe calls for vegetables to be browned in olive oil in a frying pan, each one separately and do not peel them at all. All the vegetables are cooked with their skin to preserve a maximum of taste. Then, they will be mixed and will confit together in an earthenware casserole.
Check out this recipe
Provencal Ratatouille Recipe Traditional Terracotta Casserole Pottery
Mama Régine's Ratatouille from Cassis Bistro
Ratatouille is a delightful aromatic casserole. This bright and chunky summer vegetable blend will compliment any roasted or barbecued meat dish.
Check out this recipe
Ratatouille Recipe Cassis Bistro
Gérald Passedat's Ratatouille My Way
"Ratatouille My Way" is from Gérald Passedat's new cookbook Flavors From The French Mediterranean. Ratatouille is a classic Provencal recipe that uses ingredients readily found in the region (tomatoes, zucchini, onions, eggplant).
Check out this recipe
Gérald Passedat's Ratatouille By Richard Haughton

5. Galette des Rois

Galette des Rois Kings Cake Provence @CocoaandLavender

The galette des Rois (or the “cake of kings”) is a common Christian dish that’s eaten during the end of Christmas or Epiphany in many Christian countries – and Provence is no exception! While some variants are made out of puff pastry and frangipane, the Provence equivalent is made from brioche and candied fruit.

Galette des Rois
A classic Christmas cake made from puff pastry, filled with frangipane and a small treasure or feve hidden inside.
Check out this recipe
Galette des Rois Kings Cake Provence @CocoaandLavender

Fun fact: Every year after the 12th day of Christmas and before Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday), friends and families in Provence have galette des Rois for dessert, of which they’ll hide a plastic figurine of the baby, Jesus, inside it – whoever finds the baby Jesus inside their piece of cake is named king or queen for the evening. Or, beans would be hidden, offering good luck to whoever finds them inside their slice.


With all 5 of these delicacies, you may want something to wash down your meal like some authentic wine from Southern France. Enjoy the recipes above.

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