Pièce de résistance, a French term, originally referred to the principal dish of a grand meal, or a dessert, created to be a showpiece.
While the term literally translates as “piece of resistance,” the reference is to the most important or remarkable feature.
You don’t have to work too hard to create a pièce de résistance.
Here, a simple bowl of seafood soup is turned into a memorable dish by the simple addition of a crayfish*.
The crayfish looks like he’s ready to start a conversation (e.g., “Let me out of here!).
His tail is a tasty addition to the other seafood in the soup, and his claws are utilitarian: They hold a piece of lime to squeeze into the soup.
The take-away: Keep your eye out for a “piece of resistance” element for whatever you’re serving.
*A crayfish is also known as a crawdad, crawfish, freshwater lobster, mountain lobster, mudbug, or yabbie. It is a freshwater crustacean resembling a small lobster to which it is related.