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“Les Petits Farcis” – Vegetarian Recipe From Provence

Updated: 7 days ago

“Les petits farcis” are a typical vegetable recipe from Provence. I’ll share with you my family’s favorite with a vegetarian stuffing.

“Les petits farcis” [lit: the little stuffed ones] is a typical dish from Provence that you will love. There are hundreds of different stuffings for this very dish. In fact, almost every provençal family has its own recipe…

I’m going to share with you my family’s favorite one. It’s a very simple version, healthy, and vegetarian. Let’s get cooking!

To make it easier, choose round shaped vegetables.

For the pleasure of the eyes, take different color vegetables: tomatoes, round zucchini, peppers, white onions.

I discovered stuffed white onions in a restaurant. It is very sweet and soft. Totally the opposite of the image of the onion that stings the eyes.

During her French immersion stay in Provence at my house, Elizabeth cooked stuffed vegetables with me. In Provence, we also call them “petits farcis”.

We had a lot of fun. I’ll let you discover the recipe and pictures.

Step 1 – Prepare and Cook Your Vegetables

Wash the vegetables.

Put them in the steamer. Do you know this kitchen tool? It is very handy for softening vegetables. If you put just them in the oven, they may stay a bit hard/uncooked. And if they are cooked for too long in the oven, they can blacken.

Of course, depending on the vegetable, leave it more or less time in the steamer. For example, a tomato will soften faster than a zucchini. Leave the tomato for 5 minutes and the zucchini for 25 minutes.

In any case, keep an eye on it.

Without a steamer, you can do this in a pan with water.

Put water in a pan and you add the vegetables when it is boiling.

Then you need to check by sticking a knifepoint in the vegetables when the vegetable have the “good” texture (not too hard, not too soft).

Step 2 – Prepare Your Veggies For The Stuffing

Remove the skin from the tomatoes if it is too thick.

Cut the top off the vegetables.

Do the same for all the round vegetables.

If some are long such as zucchinis or peppers, cut them lengthwise.

Scoop out the vegetables and empty them.

Set the vegetables aside and keep the inside of the vegetables (this way, no waste)

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Step 3 – Stuff The Vegetables

Here are the ingredients for the classic stuffing:

  • Meat stuffing (a mix of ground veal and pork with spices)

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • The emptied interior of the vegetable

Here are the ingredients for vegetarian stuffing:

  • Cheese (choice: goat, mozzarella)

  • Quinoa or couscous

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • The emptied interior of the vegetable

Mix all ingredients with a blender.

Stuff the vegetables

Put in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°F.

Personally, I usually accompany my vegetables with rice.

But again everything is possible.

And now, it’s ready! Enjoy!

My name is Virginie, and I'm a French teacher. I live in the countryside of Provence, with my husband and three young children. Enjoy an authentic French immersion family homestay in Provence! (We have a pool !!)

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