Bistro type meals conjure up images of Parisian cafes and food served that is both delicious and inexpensive. A typical meal that one would expect at a bistro might be anything from salads, steaks, braised stews, roasted poultry to homespun desserts, but what generally defines ‘bistro style’ is a very flavorful, more often than not, simple and less expensive meal.
We’ve selected 5 of our most favorite bistro type meals that truly fit our definition, and also satisfy one more criteria, they are all gloriously gluten-free. These recipes are not difficult and will satisfy your whole family without breaking the budget.
A typical bistro meal would begin with an aperitif or before dinner drink. This could be a glass of wine or a glass of sparkling wine. Next would be the appetizer or first course. This is typically a small, simple dish, like smoked meats or assorted cold vegetables with a vinaigrette dressing. The entrée is served next which is the main course and usually includes meat, poultry or fish. Dessert follows to be finished with an assortment of cheeses, and then, of course, café or coffee. This may seem like a lot of food, but the portions are modest and dinner usually spans a couple to a few hours.
Our selection of bistro meals is intended to capture the flavors of ‘bistro’, while not taking all day to prepare and cook. Most of the desserts can be done ahead of time or even the day before. Both the Lentil Soup and the Quiche can also be made ahead if you prefer and of course, any left overs will make a great lunch!
As the weather warms, you can enjoy any one of these meals with a bottle of your favorite French wine. Just close your eyes and imagine you are dining at a quaint street-side Paris café. Bon appétit!
- Chef Yvonne