Serve Easy French Verrines this Spring

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French verrines are one of the hottest dishes among stylish American chefs and entertainers. Easy to make and eat, they look fabulous at parties. Ile de France Cheese offers exclusive verrine tips, recipes and pictures at its website.

Verrines are the hottest French cooking dish to come to American in years and are the perfect quick spring appetizer to serve at parties.

Developed around 2001 by Parisian chefs, verrines now are one of the trendiest dishes among stylish American chefs and entertainers. They have a structured design that looks complicated but in reality is simply delicious. Making them couldn't be simpler!

Verrines are individual servings of appetizers or desserts served in clear glasses to show off each layer of culinary goodness. The name comes simply from the French word for glass - verre - and the straight forward layering method means you don't have to be a master chef to create your own version of the dish.

With French cooking at home more popular than ever before - thanks to Julia Child's book Mastering the Art of French Cooking and its movie adaptation - verrines are sure to be a future French classic. So why not get in on the trend now?

At, there are a variety of delicious verrine recipes available. Included are two new simple verrines - which make creating this elegant dish for the first time a total breeze.

Imagine a party where friends and family mill about while eating out of an elegant glass filled with layers of bold flavors, textures and colors.

"For most people seeing them is a new experience," Antoine Gerneau, a French chef who works as a personal chef and recipe developer, said of verrines.

Gerneau says he first heard of verrines a few years ago and isn't surprised they've become popular in the United States within the past year or so.

"Once you see them you realize why they became such an instant hit in French culinary circles. The clear glassware that verrines are served in really become like frames for the various foods inside them."

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Quick Fresh App: Goat cheese fruit verrines
Want the style of verrines in the absolute minimum amount of prep time? The Ile de France Goat Cheese and fruit verrine is your choice. It's a great example of the verrine making process: Take three things that go well together and artfully arrange them in a small, clear glass.

To see the rest of this recipe, as well as other original and delicious verrine recipes, visit


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