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French Christmas Recipes

Host a Traditional Holiday


These French Christmas recipes will become indispensible, whether you plan to host a huge holiday gathering, contribute a special dessert at a party, or have a quiet night in, celebrating with a traditional Christmas main course. This master list includes Christmas recipe collections, and individual holiday specialties, such as gingerbread, tourtiere, beef Burgundy, buche de Noel, and cookies. Make sure to check out all the fabulous desserts on page 2!

Ratatouille Recipe

Kok Robin

This traditional vegetable stew originated as a poor man’s dish in Nice. This version lightly caramelizes the onions and peppers before adding them to the rest of the dish, giving it a fantastic complex flavor without much additional effort.

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Holiday Brunch Recipes

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If you're not hosting the big family dinner, have a smaller gathering, using these holiday brunch recipes, instead. Celebrate the holidays with this sumptuous midday menu full of seasonal mainstays, like gingerbread and hot chocolate, a few over the top luxuries, and, of course, plenty of French panache. The selection of dishes is varied, and you can mix and match according to your tastes and budget, so there's something here for everyone.

Gougeres Recipe

Bitten Word
Gougeres are little cheese puffs, usually served as an appetizer with wine or cocktails. They're so easy to make. Simply whip up an egg and cheese batter, pipe it onto a baking sheet, and bake the gougeres until they are puffed and golden. The little pastries fill the kitchen with a fantastic aroma and are perfect for a cozy night spent indoors.

Coquilles Saint-Jacques Recipe

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This Coquilles Saint-Jacques recipe is traditionally served on little scallop shells, but ovenproof ramekins are a great substitution. It features scallops and mushrooms, sautéed in butter with seasonings, and then made even richer with a Gruyere and breadcumb topping. Coquilles Saint-Jacques is most often eaten as a first course, or appetizer, but can be used as a delicious seafood entrée.

Easy Holiday Side Dish Recipes

Mackenzie Kosut
These easy holiday side dish recipes will enhance any special occasion menu. Add flavor to your table with these regional vegetable and potato specialties from France. The best part is that they're easy to create, leaving you more time to prepare a showstopping main course and mingle with guests.

Christmas Eve in Provence

Gros souper is the traditional Provencal family meal held before midnight mass on Christmas Eve. The seven meatless courses are meant to symbolize Mary’s labor pains. The dishes are to be prepared ahead of time or made with a minimum of effort on Christmas Eve, so the family can relax and spend time together. As more families adopt modern customs, the classic gros souper menu changes. These recipes are a mix of both the old and new.

Brandied Roast Goose Recipe

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This brandied roast goose recipe is extraordinarily easy to prepare and makes a spectacular main course for guests. It's an old-time Christmas favorite in many regions of Europe, with deliciously good reason. This impressive roast goose recipe comes with its own Cognac fruit sauce, so there's no need to plan for an additional berry sauce.

Beef Burgundy Recipe

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There are so many recipes out there for classic beef Burgundy, or boeuf Bourguignon. Here is the traditional version that you are likely to have encountered at some point in your life. Universally enjoyed, this slow-cooked beef stew is the ultimate comfort food.

Tourtiere Recipe

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This tourtiere recipe originated in Quebec and is frequently enjoyed in the winter months, particularly during the holidays. There are no absolute rules for making this meat pie. Some variations can include root vegetables, veal, or seafood in the filling.

Winter Vegetable Ragout Recipe

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Warm and inviting, this winter vegetable ragout makes the perfect home-style dinner. Serve this simple vegetable stew with a bottle of wine, a loaf of country bread, and a crisp, green salad for a complete meal.

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