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cordon bleu

blue ribbon dish

Chichen Cordon Bleu with roasted Brussels sprouts

A slice of ham and cheese sandwiched in a chicken or turkey breast or veal cutlet, then breaded and fried or baked in the oven is a csordon bleu. Some say ‘blue cord’ refers to the string that Swiss Italian cooks once used to tie it all together, to make it very visible and easy to remove once the dish was finished.

Other say it’s so delicious it had to be cordon bleu...

Knights of the Cordon Bleu

François-Annibal d'Estrées, duc d'Estrées (1573-1670) war ein französischer Diplomat und Militär, Marschall von Frankreich

The Chevaliers de l'Ordre du Saint-Esprit, a knightly order founded in 1578 by Henri III, were nicknamed the ‘Cordon Bleus’ after the pale blue ribbons or sashes that held their Maltese cross medals. Whenever they gathered together the chevaliers dined on such magnificent banquets that gourmet cooking became known as the cuisine cordon bleu.

Cordon Bleu is also the name of the famous culinary institute founded in Paris in 1895, now with branches in 20 countries around the world.

Classic dishes


Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Jean-Baptiste Paulin Guérin , TheCulinaryGeek