The tomatoes roast at a low heat for several hours before reaching an optimal slightly-dried and candy-sweet state. Start ahead of time and prepare more than you anticipate needing; they will shrink while cooking—and it’s impossible to resist snacking on a few before serving time.
The French Blonde is made with Lillet Blanc, a classic French apéritif, so we like to serve the drink as part of a casual cocktail hour before dinner. Pair the main course with a light- to medium-bodied red wine, which will enhance the flavors of the meat while cutting through the richness of the gratin. To see more cocktail ideas for serving both before and after the meal, browse our collection of Paris-Inspired Cocktails.