The Reveillon Food and Recipes

Le Reveillon can be confusing to those outside France as it is the French name for the eve of both Christmas and New Years Day. Here, we are looking at the food of the New Year celebrations, and like their counterpart, they're rich and celebratory but not that difficult to achieve if you want to recreate and the traditional feast.

The most traditional of French New Year's food at le Reveillon, includes foie gras, oysters, and plenty of wine and Champagne, among other indulgences. Most often, it's an elaborate meal, yet with a little preparation and careful planning, the same flavors and ingredients can be enjoyed in a more streamlined, modern fashion.

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    Duck Rillettes Recipe

    Classic French pork rillettes recipe

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    If you are in France, it will be easy for you to find duck livers to make the traditional Foie Gras, however if not, then consider these fabulous Rilletes. They are also made from duck but are softer and very tasty. 

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    Escargot Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

    Escargot in mushroom caps

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    This easy appetizer for escargot stuffed mushrooms will make it appear as though you toiled away in a kitchen for hours. By using canned snails, your preparation time will be cut dramatically and allow you to enjoy more time with your guests. This recipe is a tradition in the Burgundy region of France.

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    Oyster Stew Recipe

    Oyster soup

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    This oyster stew recipe uses simple ingredients, allowing the fresh, pure sea flavor of the oysters to shine through. A hearty, warming stew, it's perfect for a night when a chill is hanging in the air, and one wants to warm up at the kitchen table. The preparation is easy and fast, making this a wonderful dish for special occasion dinners when oysters are typically served, but a casual presentation is desired.

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    Triple Chocolate Mousse Recipe

    Triple chocolate mousse

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    If anything can be said about chocolate mousse, it's that it fits deftly into every menu plan and has very few enemies at the dinner table. Tuck into this triple chocolate mousse recipe, prettily layered with homemade white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate mousses, for your next cocoa craving. Just add coffee or cappuccino for a show-stopping dessert course to impress your guests.

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    Classic French Opera Cake

    French Opera Cake

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    The star of any celebration has to be the classic Opera Cake. This is a stunner of a cake and will wow your guests—not the easiest to make but so, so worth the effort. In France, many will buy this from the patisserie but have a go, and you will be so proud.  

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    Classic French Tropical Pates de Fruit

    Fruit tart with pastry cream filling
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     A fabulous and fruity way to round up your celebratory meal is these tropical and fruity morsels. They take a while to make but are easy, so no worries, and if you make plenty, they are a perfect gift also.