French Country Cooking October 23, 2008 Food André Baranowski SHARE French country cooking goes from rustic to refined with these 15 recipes from SAVEUR magazine. From cassoulet, coq au vin, and beef stew, choose from 15 French country classic recipes. Soupe au Vin Blanc Warm and inviting, this soup is French mountain cooking at its purest. Auvergne-Style Meat Loaf This dense, savory meat loaf, usually a main course, is studded with sweet prunes. Skillet-Cooked Potatoes and Cheese This rich Auvergnat specialty, a cross between mashed potatoes and scalloped potatoes, is the perfect side dish for a steak. Poor Man’s Rabbit Rabbit is easily found throughout Haute Provence, making it a staple of the local cuisine. Cheese and Smoked Ham in a Puff Pastry A mellow bechamel sauce balances the sharpness of the cheese and the smokiness of the ham in this classic Savoyard recipe. Fondue Savoyarde Savoie tradition says that if your bread cube slips off the fork into this rich, cheesy fondue, you must buy the next drink. Cheese Curd Tart The fresh curd of cantal cheese lends creaminess to this vanilla-tinged, mildly savory dessert. Rabbit Cooked with Dijon Mustard Two of the building blocks of traditional French country cooking, rabbit and dijon mustard, marry nicely in this recipe. French Beef Stew This savory beef stew is wonderful as a ravioli filling or as an accompaniment to polenta or noodles. Partridge with Lentils This recipe, whose origins are from the French countryside, is adapted from Elizabeth David Classics. Cassoulet A chef once wrote that cassoulet was the ‘God’ of southern French cuisine. French Pumpkin Pie This extraordinary, freshly made treat comes from Guy Savoy. Coq au Vin This rustic classic is revisited in The Country Cooking of France by Anne Willan. Pumpkin Tart with Prunes Pair this delectable French dessert with a scoop of pumpkin ice cream. Pear Tarte Tatin This tart is traditionally made with apples, but firm-fleshed pears make a delicate and delicious alternative. MORE TO READ RELATED Our 16 Best Cinnamon Dessert Recipes To Spice Up Your Life The warming spice is perfect in apple desserts, breads, and sugar cookies READ NOW RELATED Making a Soup Dumpling The trick to soup dumplings is a collagen-rich... RELATED A Cut Above Not all beefsteaks are created equal.