The best traditional Christmas dishes in France

Foie gras en cocotte ©

If you would like to spend your Christmas in a foreign country, France is the perfect choice. Besides the fantastic Christmas markets and events, the traditional dishes are also spectacular. If you would like to find out which are the best traditional Christmas dishes in France, all you have to do is to read the following article. Some of the delicious dishes are the following: the smoked salmon, the foie gras, the bûche de Noël, the “thirteen desserts”, the kouglof and so on. If you would like to have some outstanding foods for the Christmas dinner, France is the best place to go. You will surely be satisfied by the fantastic traditional French dishes.

Smoked salmon

Smoked salmon is a delicious meal. It is extremely popular in France, not only for Christmas, but in the weekdays, too. The delicacy is sold at a quiet high price, but French people love it. Served as a Christmas dish, the smoked salmon can be eaten with cucumber and radish salad and dill and caper cream. But there are numerous other recipes with smoked salmon. It surely makes an elegant starter for the dinner. Smoked salmons and oysters included in the Christmas dinner surely make an exclusive celebration.

Foie gras

Another elegant dish for the Christmas dinner is made of the foie gras. This exclusive food is actually made of goose or duck fattened liver. It is a very prestigious French delicacy which has a buttery and rich flavor. Sold whole or as pâté or even parfait, the foie de gras is a protected gastronomical heritage of the country. Served with green onions and mustard seeds in duck jus, it is an elegant Christmas dish.

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Bûche de Noël

As for the desserts, Bûche de Noël is one of the most popular traditional Christmas desserts in France. It is kind of a sweet roulade, made of a sponge cake, chocolate buttercream scattered with powdered sugar. It is very popular in France, so if you are in this fantastic country, you can not miss to taste this delicious dessert.

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The “thirteen desserts” of Province

Province has its own traditional dessert. It is the “thirteen desserts”. The Christmas dinner ends with this special dessert in Province. The dessert has religious meaning, it represents Jesus Christ and His twelve apostles. Set out Christmas Eve, the “thirteen desserts” remain on the table until the 27th of December.


Another fantastic dessert for Christmas in France is the kouglof. It is not a traditional French dessert, but it is very popular in the country. It is well-known in numerous European countries, such as Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland and so on. You may know the kouglof, but you maybe haven’t ever tasted it. Well, this is the best time to try it.

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