To celebrate French Week (25th September – 1st October inclusive), budget supermarket Lidl challenged me to create a meal fit for a family dinner party. I chose to go all out and not only made a French meal but in fact created a three course meal using Lidl’s French Week themed foods.
Assorted meats, cheese and fresh baguette, served with cider
This sharing platter is made from an assortment of cheeses including baked Camembert and Fat-reduced Brie with cured meats (also shown is Salami with Walnuts and Air dried Hazelnut Salami slices) and fresh crusty baguette. To wash it down I chose Cidre de Normandie Brut, a light dry cider and the perfect accompaniment to lighter dishes. I love this style of food as it’s easy to pick at and feels more informal with friends.
Slow Roasted Pork in a calvados and mustard cream sauce with mixed vegetables, served with Hautes-Cotes de Beaune
I slow roasted a joint of pork with herbs, adding sliced apples, Chantenay carrots and onions around 40 minutes before taking the pork out to rest.
Along with a small mountain of Pommes Noisettes (light and crispy potato balls which were so good!), I also added a mustard cream sauce on the side made from the pork juices, 1tbsp Coarse Grain French Mustard, a big glug of Fine Calvados and a splash of cream.
The wine I chose to accompany this dish was the Hautes-Cotes de Beaune white, an oak aged Chardonnay with notes of butterscotch and honey to compliment the tender pork.
Madeleines, macarons and chocolate tart, served with french blend coffee
For dessert I chose to create another sharing platter, made from a selection of sweet French delicacies including a warm chocolate tart, made using the Gateau au Chocolat Baking Mix, all served with a good dollop of fresh double cream. For those who wanted something less rich the delicate macarons and madeleines provided a tiny sweet hit, served with a shot of French blend coffee to round off the meal nicely.
Every dish was a hit with my dinner guests, with the Macarons, Camembert and Chardonnay the stars of the show. I’m equally impressed with the ease of use and quality of the French inspired ingredients. Plus for three courses it was an affordable £5 a head for six guests.
The Lidl French Range is available in store now while stocks last (and it’s selling like hot croissants), so be quick! All products mentioned are sourced where possible in France.
For more great ideas and recipes for French Week at Lidl visit lidl.co.uk
All French Range products mentioned:
Cidre de Normandie brut £1.99
Fine Calvados £15.49
Camembert Soft Cheese £1.19
Air dried Hazelnut Salami £1.79
Coarse Grain French Mustard 49p
Salami with Walnuts £1.99
Fat-reduced Brie 99p
Pommes Noisettes 99p
French Blend Coffee £1.59
12 French Macaron £2.99
Fresh Baguette 70p
Dried French Herbs 59p
Gateau au chocolat baking mix £1.49
Hautes-Cotes de Beaune AOP £7.99
What’s you favourite French dish?
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