10 Classic French Christmas Recipes

  • 01 of 10

    Baked Ham With Spiced Apples and Pears

    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

    Creole Reveillon

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    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 and foie gras.

  • 03 of 10

    Roast Goose

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    This roast goose is extraordinarily easy to prepare and makes a spectacular main course for guests. This impressive recipe calls for a foie gras and chestnut stuffing to take things up to a luxurious new level.

  • 04 of 10

    French Christmas Cookie

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

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  • 05 of 10

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

  • 06 of 10

    Chocolate Buche de Noel

    Chocolate Yule Log

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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. 

  • 07 of 10

    Candied Chestnuts

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    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. 

  • 08 of 10


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    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. 

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  • 09 of 10



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    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.

  • 10 of 10

    Chocolat Chaud Recipe

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    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!