Christmas Cuisine in Paris

When it comes to French cuisine during the Christmas holiday season in Paris, the traditional Reveillon dinner celebration takes place at midnight on December 25 or December 31.  A rather lengthy process, the dinner is meant to bring together family and friends while enjoying treasured delicacies not normally eaten throughout the rest of the year.

Several courses are served during a tradtional Reveillon dinner including an array of hors d'oeuvres with the likes of foie gras and puffs du fromage, followed by a simple vinaigrette salad, a rich soup like oyster, and then onto the main course consisting of entrees like stuffed poultry or even seafood. 

For dessert, the French favor the traditional Yule log known as buche de Noel.  It's made from a thin layer of pound cake smothered in butter cream icing that's rolled up and decorated to look like it came from an actual tree.

If you're lucky enough to be strolling the streets of Paris during Christmas, other holiday treats to look out for include mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and the newly released Beaujolais Nouveau wines of the season.

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Joyeuses Fetes... by Thomas Claveirole
Buche de Noel by bgreenlee


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