Food porn: French Christmas dinner gets the hot d’or

You are probably aware of the French tradition to sit at the table and eat for hours. The truth is, when it comes to Christmas, it gets even worse. You would be quite impressed by the quantity of food one can eat. So, what does the traditional French Christmas meal consist of?

Let’s start with the must-have Christmas food: foie gras. Served with Sauternes or Monbazillac wines, you can enjoy it with some toasted bread, onion confit, fig jam, etc.

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Then we move on to another cold dish, most likely salmon with some toasted bread and lemon, and for the lucky ones a big seafood platter that will satisfy the whole family. Oysters are especially popular, as it is a rare treat for people who don’t live on the coastline. The platter may also contain lobsters, Dublin Bay prawns, winkles, shrimps and crabs for instance.

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For the main dish, you can serve turkey, goose or capon for example, stuffed or not. The sides usually consist of chestnuts, raisins or prunes and potatoes. Mouth-watering, isn’t it?

EnFr intext3After a small break and most likely some nice cheese, it is time for dessert. The bûche de Noël or Yule log cake is most of the time made from a sponge cake filled with chocolate buttercream and rolled on itself to give the shape of a log. As for the icing, you can get as creative as you want! There is also an iced version of the bûche, that is available in every supermarket around Christmas time.      

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You’re now all set to spend Christmas day the French way! If you still need some inspiration for your menu, don’t forget to check out our Recipe Advent calendar.

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