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Choucroute: The Talbott Method

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Generous landlord has promised free use of the radiator in the apartment we are renting and we don’t want to miss the opportunity for choucroute.

Wondering if it would be a sin to bypass ingredients from Bon Marche and instead purchase a readymade version at a market and “heat on radiator.” Seem to recall seeing a pot of it at the Raspail Market. Is there usually a reliable vendor there? Other market options?

Thanks.

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  1. I've seen choucroute at most markets, e.g., Bastille, Enfants Rouges, Alligre (covered market building), etc. My favorite, however, is from the brasserie Bofinger. As takeout, it is several euro cheaper than sit down. Plus, no one looks askance when you share. One takeout order should feed two people eating modestly. That makes it an incredible bargain.

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    1. re: RandyB

      Thanks, Randy.

      Since the consensus here seems to be that restaurant choucroute in Paris is less than stellar, I thought that as an alternative someone might have recent experience with a reliable market vendor where I could get closer to the flavor I remember.

      Most of the choucroute I’ve had over my last few trips, including the usual suspects, just lacks that depth and richness of flavor that makes the dish one of my favorites.

      Have not tried Bofinger in a long while. Will be in the neighborhood next week.

      Thanks again.

      1. re: ferriswren

        FWIW, there's an Alsatian 'Xmas Market' in front of the Gare de l'Est from 2 December. They have lots of regional producers there selling wines, cheeses, sausages, and choucroute, I'm not an expert on fermented cabbage, but I'm sure you'll find your bonheur there.

        1. re: vielleanglaise

          Many thanks. Will be sure to pay a visit to this market and give the choucroute a try.