Located between the beautiful Loire Valley and the towering Pyrenees Mountains, the French department of Dordogne offers all the charm and ambiance visitors could expect from this elegant country. In fact, there are more than 1,500 castles in Dordogne alone as well as breathtakingly beautiful countryside and quaint, friendly villages. It's exactly what one envisions when conjuring up images of France. Named after the river that runs through it and also known as Perigord, Dordogne is particularly known for the delectable and unique cuisine that is prepared there. With an emphasis on duck dishes and truffles, here are a few suggestions to get the most out of the Dordogne gastronomy.
In Dordogne, this delicacy made from duck liver is as popular as escargot. The flavor is described as "rich, buttery and delicate" and is quite different than ordinary duck or goose liver. This dish can be prepared and served hot or cold and is quite versatile in that it can be served as a topping on another food, such as steak, or on its own. At first thought, many people shy away from the thought of consuming duck liver, but the delicious flavor and texture may surprise you!
Confit de Canard
Another dish made from duck, the name confit refers to the part that is used -- the leg. The centuries-old preparation process is almost as interesting as the taste of the dish itself and consists of salt-curing the meat and then poaching it in its own fat. Confit de Canard is often sold in cans that, because of the unique preparation process, can be kept for several years without spoiling.
Truffle, a type of underground mushroom, is one of the most decadent and flavorful foods on earth. It is also quite rare, which makes it an expensive treat. There are several different kinds of truffles, but Dordogne has become famous for its black truffle. The production of black truffle is almost completely exclusive to Europe, and of all the countries on the continent, France is responsible for 45 percent of the total production. If you're visiting Dordogne, you'd be missing out if you didn't have a taste of this rare and delectable treasure.
While the landscape in Dordogne is certainly breathtaking, and the area's rich history as fascinating as the day is long, one of the best things about visiting this lovely French region is the mouthwatering food you can sample there. Enjoy all the beauty and charm of France and indulge in some of the most delicious and decadent cuisine in the world. There's simply no better way to experience the true taste of the area.
To learn more about gourmet tours in the Dordogne region visit Discover France.