Many products of Normandy gastronomy are famous through the world : oysters, cider, mutton from the salty meadows of the Bay of Mont Saint Michel and obviously the camembert… Merely with a good wine from Bordeaux or roasted, camembert is so delicious !
This is an overview of traditional recipes from upper and lower Normandy: seafood, cheese, pastries !
The salty meals from Normandy cuisine
In Normandy, we can cook apple and camembert as a starter as well as a desert or main dish:
Camembert and Andouille de Vire Puff Pastry
Even tastier served with some cooked apples.
The Norman omelette
The most famous of the omelette is l’omelette de la Mère Poulard in Mont Saint Michel.
All the local products in a salad
The camembert pie
Do not forget the cider to drink with.
The Normandy coastline measures no less than 600 kilometers, or 370 miles ! Freshly caught, raw, cooked or cooked; here are some traditional seafood recipes from Normandy.
The Norman mussels
The Cotentin lobester
The Granville scallops with the Isigny cream
Cotentin hoisters cook with pommeau
Meat and fish dishes
We are lucky to have a wide and diversified Nature thanks to the wealth of Earth and Sea. That’s why our cuisine offers as many traditional meats dishes as fish dishes. You will notice how important are dairy products in our recipes!
Veal chop Norman style
Poule au blanc: hen cooked with local vegetables and cream
Normandy braised beef
The lamb of the salted meadow
The sole meunière
Les tripes à la mode de Caen
Fish cooked with cider (bearded, tiled, sea bream)
The Norman Escalope
Among the local products we use almost every dish are the dairy products: cream, cheese and butter ! The most famous designation is Isigny Sainte Mère. This designation is protected and the products only come from Bessin and Cotentin.
In Normandy, a meal without cheese does not exist !
Thanks to our dairy cows for the butter and cream, but also for the cheese.
In Normandy, we speak about camembert is all our heart. There is a touristic Normandy cheeses route.
There are 33 Norman cheeses. Did you know about them ? Boursin, Brillat-savarin, Camembert de Normandie AOC, Pavé du Plessis, Livarot AOC, Neufchâtel AOC, Petit Suisse and Pont-l’évêque AOC…
To apply the cliché, a good cheese goes hand in hand with a fresh baguette and a good red wine.
You can discover the cheese making in several farms and small factories. They also sell directly their products.
Sweet cooking: Normandy cakes, pastries, drinks and sweets.
Cooking recipes of Norman desserts
Well, it’s true that the apple is dear to our heart and our desserts. But not only… here are the famous and favorite desserts of the Normans:
Apple and Caramel salted butter stuffed pancake
Norman apple pie
The Teurgoule, the Norman rice with milk
Tarte tatin cooked with Calvados
Drinks and alcohol Normandy
Drinks and digestives also take part of the Norman heritage. Natural, often organic and from fruits, you can stop in the farms and directly buy the local products.
- Apple juice
- Pommeau : apple aperitif
- Poiré: pear aperitif
- Calvados: apple liquor
- L’Embuscade: coktail with Calva, bier and other ingredients
- Kir normand : cider and blackcurrant liquor
Sweets and biscuits
- Toffes from Isigny sur mer
- La maison du biscuit’s Financiers
- Deauville’s shortbreads
Other gift ideas to bring back from holidays: