Traditional French Christmas Meal

In France, the traditional French Christmas meal is the occasion to collect all the family together. Usually is a large meal with a different kind of appetizer, a glass of champagne, the meal and different kind of dessert.

In most cases the meal start around 7pm and finish around midnight to go to the midnight mess.

Therefore we do have time to good a long and delicious meal.

Traditional French Christmas meal is:

We start we an appetizer which is champagne, salmon canape, “foie gras” canape, oyster, mini quiche, Coquille St Jacques, escargot with butter, and parsley. And another different kind of canape… which it can caviar for the rich people for example

Then after that we are already almost full haha

As far as is concerned the meal is turkey stuffed with chestnuts served with green beans or roasted potato the most traditional

But we can also have duck, doe, roe doe accompanied with potatoes and vegetable.

Then for the dessert, the classic and Traditional French Christmas dessert is Christmas yule log frozen or cake. Called Bûche de noël in french. Which is consisting of a sheet of sponge cake that is layered with a cream filling, rolled up, frosted, and decorated to look like a yule log. The yule log can be chocolate, vanilla and fruit.

What are the Christmas drinks?

What is a nice dinner without a nice drink? For adults, the traditional drink is champagne (Brut), hot red wine, Kir royal, Bailey’s coffee.

So The Kir Royal consists of “crème” de cassis topped with champagne, rather than the white wine used in traditional Kir.

Kir Royal
Kir Royal

And for the kids it’s usually soft cocktail drink or hot chocolate.

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