normande, à la

Pronunciation: [nohr-MAHND]

A French phrase meaning "in the style of Normandy," referring to dishes based on the cooking of that region. Most commonly, it refers to fish (generally sole) garnished with shellfish (such as oysters, shrimp and mussels), mushrooms and truffles. Such a dish is usually served in normande sauce, a fish stock–based velouté enriched with butter, cream and egg yolks. Other Normandy-style dishes include those made with regional products such as butter, fresh cream, apples, apple cider and calvados.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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