As I mentioned in this article, life in France is centered around food. And the holidays are no exception. At Christmas time, the French go all out. If you’re looking to add something new to your Christmas table, why not take a page out of their book? Here are some traditional French Christmas foods to try this season.
Fair warning: if you’re a vegetarian, you’ll want to skip straight to #3.
To this Minnesota native, eating seafood at Christmas time was strange at first, but now I’m used to the fact that in France oysters are a holiday staple. If you like seafood but have never tried oysters, why not give them a try this year? I’ll admit that I didn’t like them at first, but after giving them a second and third chance I’m proud to report that now I enjoy them. The secret? Squeezing a little lemon on top or adding a little red wine vinegar and diced shallots. Yum!
If you’ve never shucked an oyster before, check out this tutorial to see how it’s done.
2. Foie Gras (Duck or Goose Liver Pâté)
Foie gras is the king of pâtés. While not particularly appetizing from a visual standpoint, its creamy melt-in-your mouth texture is sure to win you over. I recommend eating it on some bread with some fig jelly or candied onions. And why not accompany it with a nice glass of dessert wine (Jurançon is one of my favorite domaines)? The sweet and savory taste combination is delightful! If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could try making it yourself (see this recipe).
3. Bûche de Noël (Yule Log)
This dessert is as delicious as it is appetizing. And there are so many different variations that you can make it year after year and never get sick of it. Here’s a recipe if you want to give it a try.
Happy holidays and bon appétit to you and yours! 🙂 If you end up giving one of these French foods a try this year, let me know what you thought in the comments section below.