Shoutout to all the foodies in our Frenchly community: Christmas is probably the best period for you to taste many different traditional French dishes. The most famous French Christmas dishes are foie gras, oysters, smoked salmon, dinde de Noël (Christmas turkey), and a delicious and sweet bûche de Noël (Yule log).
But these above are just an appetizer! There’s also an array of regional specialties you may or may not have heard of:
(Re)discover gingerbread as an entrée, originally from the Alsace area, or how about les huîtres aux crépinettes bordelaises (oysters with round and flat stuffed sausages) from Bordeaux? Maybe you would like to try boudin blanc (white pudding) or snails cooked in garlic and parsley with lots of delicious bread to sop up the sauce.
If you’ve got more of a sweet tooth, there’re also a lot of desserts and sweets for you to savor. Try a piece of Franc-Comtesse, a specialty of Franche-Comté (an area in eastern France), made with chocolate mousse, raspberry pulp, and vanilla cream. There’s also the Tarte Normande from Normandy, a delicious pie made with crème fraîche, sugar, caramelised apples and Calvados. In Provence, you’ll be able to enjoy the famous Treize Desserts, or “thirteen desserts”, associated with the twelve apostles who sat with Jesus during the Last Supper…But be prepared! The tradition is that each and everyone must taste every dessert. Finally, you’ll find a lot of cornets de marrons chaud (roasted chestnuts), especially in the Christmas markets.
Bon appétit !