French Recipes For a Holiday Party

French Recipes For a Holiday Party

When it comes to throwing an amazing holiday party, food can make or break your guest's experience. So why not impress them with some delicious French hors d’oeuvres, main courses, and desserts? Pictured below are some yummy French recipes we love and found while scouring the web. Give them a try and make sure to post your photos online using hashtag #JPLingo. Bonne lecture et bonne cuisine!


Entrée (Appetizer

Smoked Salmon on Toast

This classic French snack is usually a favorite for guests to nibble on before the main course. Jamie Oliver's recipe below utilizes smoked salmon, horseradish and cress toasts...yum!! Click here for the recipe

Recipe and photo credit: Jamie Oliver

Recipe and photo credit: Jamie Oliver


Recettes Saint Jacques

Want to WOW your guests? Try making these elegant starters from L'atelier Des Chefs. Click here for the recipe (as pictured below). 

Recipe and photo credit: L'atelier Des Chefs

Recipe and photo credit: L'atelier Des Chefs


Pain Surprise

Pain Surprise could include a number of different ingredients depending on which surprise you would like inside of the bread. One simple and delicious option is ham and cheese (as pictured below). This recipe comes from CuisineAZ and can be found by clicking on this link.

Recipe and photo credit: CuisineAZ

Recipe and photo credit: CuisineAZ


Les Plats Principaux (The Main Course)

Dinde Aux Marron (purée de céleri)

This main dish is ideal for the holiday season. As with most French dishes, the sauce is a big component in bringing flavor to the meal. The recipe below includes a celery puree which is a perfect compliment to this dish. Check it out by visiting this link from Journal Des Femmes. 

Recipe and photo credit: Journal des Femmes

Recipe and photo credit: Journal des Femmes


Gambas

If your guests enjoy seafood, then this shrimp filled platter is a perfect option. It features sweet and spicy to give a nice kick to your overall meal. The image and recipe below comes from Voyage Gourmand and you can visit their site here to learn how to make a great gambas.

Recipe and photo credit: Voyage Gourmand 

Recipe and photo credit: Voyage Gourmand 


Gigot D'agneau

This roasted lamb is another classic for the holidays. It is often called the Easter Lamb and can be found on the EasyFrench website here.

Recipe and photo credit: EasyFrench

Recipe and photo credit: EasyFrench


Les Desserts (Dessert)

Buches De Noel

This dessert is one you will commonly see in the shape of a log at a holiday party. You can be creative by adding fun decorations like mushrooms atop the log (as seen in the image below). Check out the recipe from Marmiton here.

Recipe and photo credit: Marmiton

Recipe and photo credit: Marmiton


Café Gourmand

Café Gourmand includes desserts consumed with coffee at the end of the meal. There are many options to include with coffee and you can find a nice selection of recipes from L'express Styles here. (All images and recipes below are copyright of L'express Styles).

We hope you enjoyed this delicious array of recipes in French Recipes For a Holiday Party! We hope you have a wonderful (French-inspired) holiday season with your guests.  If you are looking to learn more French language and culture, don't forget to check out our French Private Lessons, French Group Classes, and our cultural events on our JP Linguistics website. Bonne Journée!