If there are two things the French are experts on, it’s food and love. And if there’s one thing our favourite itinerant chef and author, Rick Stein, is an expert on, it’s exploring global cuisines. So, what better way to cook this Valentine’s Day than with three authentic French recipes, taken from Rick Stein’s Secret France. From a light starter of fresh mussels to a rich one-pot chicken main and a jewel-bright raspberry dessert, this is how to do Valentine’s Day the French way.
From the book
Rick Stein’s Secret France
A culinary journey across France with Rick Stein
All of your favourite recipes from the BBC series
Secret French recipes alongside authentic classics
Aromatic and tender, these classic French mussels are a fitting way to start proceedings. Opt for the freshest mussels you can find and serve alongside a wedge of crusty bread for mopping up the delicious sweet and salty sauce.
Speaking of being in love, that’s exactly how we’d describe our feelings for Rick’s luxurious one-pot chicken in a silken white wine and crème fraîche sauce. And if there’s ever an occasion to throw some morels into the mix to add depth and sultry smokiness, it’s Valentine’s Day.
With a crisp, buttery sweet pastry base, thick crème patissière, and a topping of sweet jewel-toned raspberries, this tart is patisserie perfection and the ultimate way to round off your romantic meal.