15 Classic French Christmas Recipes

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    Christmas dinner. Roasted pear and muscavado sugar cured loin with potatoes, apples and herbs
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    This baked ham with spiced apples and pears recipe is the essence of holiday food which fills the house with an irresistible aroma as it bakes and browns. Perfect for the buffet table too. 

  • 02 of 10
    Sauteed foie gras
    Foie Gras for Reveillon. lucydphoto / Getty Images

    A century ago, the typical Reveillon dinner was a simple affair with an uncomplicated menu: egg dishes, sweet bread, fruit, and coffee. Today the celebration has become a fantastic reason to splurge on cuisine not normally eaten for even special occasions including Lobster, foie gras, 

  • 03 of 10
    Christmas Spiced Cookies
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    Celebrate the winter holidays with this French Christmas cookie recipe collection including sables, madeleines, palmiers, macarons, icebox and waffle cookies. The recipes include all the traditional aromas and flavors of the holiday season.

  • 04 of 10
    beef bourguinon
    Beef Bourguignon Recipe. Joff Lee - Getty Images

    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 before. Universally enjoyed, this slow-cooked beef stew is the ultimate comfort food also loved at Christmas.

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  • 05 of 10
    Christmas Cake
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    The first Christmas yule log cake, or buche de Noel, recipe was cleverly created in the late 1800s by a French pastry chef. This new, gastronomic tradition caught on in spectacular fashion, and the Christmas dessert is now celebrated worldwide. 

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    candied chestnuts
    Candied Chestnuts. Jose A. Bernat Bacete - Getty Images

    If chestnuts roasting over a crackling fire are evocative of happy times and holidays, then candied chestnuts are their luxurious cousins, served only as the most indulgent of treats. So beloved is the flavor in France, that the Berthillon Glacier in Paris usually sells out of their dreamy marron glacé within hours. Bring the unique, warmly sweet flavor into your own kitchen with this easy candied chestnuts recipe. 

  • 07 of 10
    Gougeres
    French Gougeres. Justin Hankins - Getty Images

    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. 

  • 08 of 10

    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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  • 09 of 10
    Cauliflower Gratin
    Cauliflower Gratin. Laurence Mouton - Getty Images

    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.

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    Chocolat-Chaud
    Chocolat Chaud. Sofie Delauw - Getty Images

    Top off your holiday celebrations with homemade chocolat chaud. Made with melted chocolate, hot milk, and whipped cream, it certainly isn't your average hot chocolate recipe. Whether your holiday tradition involves playing in the snow, basking in the sun, or cuddling up indoors, you will love adding this recipe to the festivities!