International Holiday Dinners: Traditional French Christmas Dinner

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In France the food is full of tradition. La bûche de Noël represents a special wood log burned from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day.  Le pain calendeau is bread loaf, which is shared with a person of less wealth.  La Galette des Rois round cake, which is cut into pieces and given to children who hide under the table, known as le petit roi or l’enfant soleil.  Whoever finds la fève – the charm hidden inside – is King or Queen and can choose a partner.

Joyeaux Noel!

The Menu:

Foie Gras Pate en croute with Beer

Toasted Chestnut Stuffed Turkey

Marinated Raw Salmon Rolls filled with Smoked Salmon Mousse

Ratte Potatoes, Mushrooms and Artichokes with Belon Oysters

Ganzeltopf

Ficelle Picarde – Crêpe Filled with Ham and Mushroom Duxelle

Kouglof

Bûche de Noël

Nougat noir au miel

Berauwecka

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Recipe sources:

Les Treize Desserts de Noël

Foie Gras

http://www.theworldwidegourmet.com/recipes/foie-gras-pate-en-croute-with-christmas-beer/

Goose Foie Gras Terrine

http://www.aftouch-cuisine.com/recipe/goose-foie-gras-terrine-110.htm

Dinde aux marrons (chestnut-stuffed turkey) Eighteenth-century Chestnut Stuffing

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/party-food/accompaniment/eighteenth-century-chestnut-stuffing.html

Marinated Raw Salmon Rolls filled with Smoked Salmon Mousse

http://www.theworldwidegourmet.com/recipes/marinated-raw-salmon-rolls-filled-with-smoked-salmon-mousse/

Ratte Potatoes, Mushrooms and Artichokes with Belon Oysters Recipe

http://www.theworldwidegourmet.com/recipes/ratte-potatoes-mushrooms-and-artichokes-with-belon-oysters/

Ganzeltopf is a traditional French dish, popular at Christmas, prepared like a conserve and simmered in the oven with winter vegetables and a bottle of Sylvaner.

 

Kouglof -Alsace Christmas Pastry http://www.theworldwidegourmet.com/recipes/kouglof/

Bûche de Noël http://www.joyofbaking.com/YuleLog.html or

http://www.giftypedia.com/France_Gift_Giving_Customs

Nougat noir au miel -Almond Honey Brittle

http://frenchfood.about.com/od/desserts/r/nougatnoir.htm

Berauwecka –dried fruit cake

http://www.theworldwidegourmet.com/recipes/berauwecka-alsatian-fruit-cake/

La Galette des Rois

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Galette-des-Rois/Detail.aspx

Le Pain

The thirteen desserts are the traditional dessert foods used in celebrating Christmas in the French region of Provence. The “big supper” (le gros souper) on Christmas Eve before Midnight Mass ends with a ritual 13 desserts, representing Jesus Christ and the 12 apostles. The desserts always number thirteen but the exact items vary by local or familial tradition. [1] The food traditionally is set out Christmas Eve and remains on the table three days until December 27.

The first four of these are known as the “four beggars” (les quatre mediants), representing the four mendicant monastic orders: Dominicans, Franciscans, Augustinian and Carmelites. They are theDried fruits and nuts

Raisins (Dominicans)

Walnuts or hazelnuts (Augustines)

Dried figs (Franciscans)

Almonds (Carmelites)

Dates, representing the foods of the region where Christ lived and died

Dried plums from Brignoles

Fresh fruit

Apples

Pears

Oranges

Winter melon

Grapes

Tangerines

Sweets

Biscotins (biscuits) from Aix;

Calissons d’Aix [almond-paste pastry with sugar icing (marzipan)

Casse-dents of Allauch (biscuit)

Cumin and fennel seed biscuits

http://www.mamtaskitchen.com/recipe_display.php?id=13201

Fried bugnes

http://www.recipezaar.com/Fried-Cookies-With-Sugar-Bugnes-Au-Sucre-354186

Fruit tourtes

http://www.epicurious.com/tools/searchresults? search=fruit+torte

Pompes à l’huiles or fougasse à l’huile d’olive, a sweet cake or brioche made with orange flower water and olive oil

http://pastrystudio.blogspot.com/2009_04_01_archive.html

 

Yule log

Two kinds of nougat, symbolizing good and evil

[Black nougat with honey (Nougat noir au miel), a hard candy made with honey and almonds

White nougat (Nougat blanc), a soft candy made with sugar, eggs, pistachios, honey, and almonds

The final dessert is a cake, pompe de Noël à l’huile d’olive,

http://www.bonjourlafrance.com/french-food/easy-french-recipes/french-desserts/pompe-a-l-huile-d-olive.html

Other Web Sites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christmas_dishes#France

http://christmastime.50webs.com/Lebkuchen.html

 

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