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A Dunkirk-Inspired Menu of French and British Favorites

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Christopher Nolan’s WWII drama Dunkirk tells the story of the evacuation of French, Belgian, and British troops who were cut off and surrounded by Germans in northern France. Our menu likewise emphasizes cooperation and overlap of French, Belgian, and British cuisine. It centers around steamed mussels, crunchy fish fillets, and French fries–call it Fish & Chips OR Moules Frites. They’re paired with a bittersweet salad of Belgian endive, crisp apples, and Roquefort cheese. Finish with a “cake” of delicate crêpes layered with vanilla cream.

Menu Timeline

One Day Ahead

  • Make the crêpe cake (but do not top it with sugar).
  • Make the tartar sauce.

2 Hours Ahead

  • Prepare and blanch the potatoes for the French fries.

1 Hour Ahead

  • Cook the fennel for the mussels. Let it sit in the skillet until it’s time to cook the mussels.

40 Minutes Ahead

  • Make the batter for the fish and chips.
  • Make the salad.

20 Minutes Ahead

  • Fry the fish and give the chips their final fry.
  • Add the mussels to the pan of fennel and finish cooking them.

Just Before Dessert

  • Sprinkle the crêpe cake with sugar and caramelize the top.

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