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Food & Cuisine
in GAILLAC

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In terms of Food and Cuisine Gaillac is in a fortunate position. Being between the wine region that adjoins areas of Bordeaux, Bergerac, Duras and Languedoc-Roussillon, the Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées of Armagnac, the region can draw on a wide gastronomical heritage from both the central regions and the southern Spanish and Basque regions.

The Gaillac wine region is a farming region that is rich in gourmet traditions. Rolling hills are home to cropping and fine beef cattle, while farmed goat farming thrive on excellent pastures. In hilltop villages you will find restaurants featuring the gastronomic excellence of the Midi-Pyrénées, and regardless of where you dine, you will taste wonderful foie gras, cassoulet, roquefort cheese and drink excellent white and red Gaillac wines and of course Armagnac.

The region is a gastronomic delight!

About Gaillac Food

The cuisine of south west France by way of foie gras, confits and pâté reach a pinnacle of excellence in the specialties of pays Albigeous. The range includes product and dishes made from duck, turkey, poultry, pork, rabbit and towering above all, whole goose livers in the form of Foie Gras d'Oie Entier.

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Eating out or at home in Gaillac

Whether at home or in a village cafe, partaking in the “repas du chasseur” in the form of forest mushrooms, you are going to enjoy the exciting foods of the Gaillac region.

OUR SELECTION

Fromage de Chevre Fermier (Goats cheese)
Delightful on its own, goats cheese is the perfect accompaniment for a semi-sweet Mauzac white wine pre-dinner, or with a salad, or as a cheese course with a lighter styled Gaillac red

Fromage de Chevre Fermier
Rouzole (Bacon and Ham Pancake)
A combination of pork products, eggs and breadcrumbs in a great breakfast dish, or bar food with a glass or beer or wine

Rouzole(Bacon and Ham Pancake)
Le pain Grille aux Champignons (Toast bread with mushrooms)
When the fields and woods in Autumn produce the biggest and tastiest mushrooms, then the dish comes into its own

Le pain Grille aux Champignons
Thon aux le Poivron (Tuna with peppers)
Fillets of lightly browned tuna, or similar fish, that has been gently baked on a bed of onions, garlic, tomatoes and peppers

Thon aux le Poivron

Regional Specialties

Blancs de Pigeon au rouge (Pigeon breasts in red wine)

Blancs de Pigeon au rouge

In Autumn wood pigeons abound in the forests of the Tarn. The breasts are marinated for 24 hours then quickly cooked for 5 minutes in butter, sliced and served with a red wine sauce.

Milhassou (Maize meal pudding)

Milhassou (Maize meal pudding)

Capturing the essence of the Gaillac countryside this sweet, smooth dessert with tastes of oranges and cream. Serve warm and delightful with ice cream, fruit and a dash of Armagnac.



Civet de Sanglier (Wild Boar Stew)

Civet de Sanglier (Wild Boar Stew)

This Gaillac dish bring together the wild boars that invade the vineyards along with the robust Gaillac red wines - a perfect solution!

Serve 4

Ingredients
1 kg boar shoulder chopped into 25mm cubes
2 medium onions sliced finely
2 cloves garlic chopped finely
Bouquet garni - thyme
4 diced medium carrots
1 tsp freshly gound black pepper
I bottle red wine. NO WATER
3 tbs flour
Olive oil
2-3 bay leaves
4 juniper berries
Salt and pepper
Sprig parsley loosely chopped

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC.

  2. Cut the pork into cubes, place in bowl along with wine, onion, garlic, herbs, pepper and salt. Cover, refrigerate and marinate for 48 hours.

  3. Drain meat, remove from vegetables etc and set aside along with the marinade.

  4. Turn over the boar chunks in the flour till well covered. Heat the oil in the pan. Turn the meat in the oil until well browned. Sweat the onions and garlic in the oil till cooked soft and transparent, remove and set aside. Brown carrots in pan, remove and set aside.

  5. Put all ingredients in casserole and pour in the marinade until the meat is covered, add bay leaves, juniper berries and parsley. Cook for about two hours at 140 degrees C.

To serve:
Serve with sauté potatoes and fine sliced mushrooms.

Chef’s tips

  1. Wild boar is available in most markets in the south west and central regions of France, but you can use pork

  2. Try a little dark chocolate in the sauce for an interesting finish

  3. This recipe works well with any strong game such as venison




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