The French take holidays very seriously, especially when it comes to cooking and entertaining their guests. French appetizers or as we call it in France, apéro, are crucial to any dinner party and usually involve simple finger foods. These traditional French appetizers and cocktails will bring a chic element to any holiday dinner party, allons-y!
Foie Gras on toast
Traditionally enjoyed when celebrating a Christmas dinner in France, foie gras is essential to any French apéro. While foie gras is quite literally duck or goose liver, this is a specialty that you cannot miss out on. Cut it in slices and arrange them on a tray accompanied by mini toasts and voilá, it’s ready to be served.
Tapenade is a standard of French cuisine and is a paste made of olives, anchovies, capers, and spices. This salty spread can be used on baguette slices, on top of a salad, or anything you desire and is the perfect simple appetizer choice this holiday!
Chicken Liver Pâté
This delicacy has been part of generations of French families and continues to be an important delicacy to this day. Add a few baguette slices, and this appetizer is ready to go!
Alsatian Onion Tart
This classic French tart made of sweet melted onions enclosed by a savory crust. Add a little gruyère and dijon mustard on top and you’ve got the perfect appetizer tart.
Fromage Blanc Spread
Fromage blanc is a light cheese that originates in the North of France that is usually just spread on small pieces of toast. This is a simple appetizer option and alternated with foie gras on toast, tastes amazing.
Champagne is the classic holiday cocktail and in France we drink it with everything! Enjoy a glass of champagne with foie gras or any of the above appetizers and you’ll be celebrating just like the French.
This popular French drink is combination of white whine, champagne, or sparkling wine and crème de cassis.
This gin based drink is a French classic. Champagne, lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin is all you need to perfect this delicious cocktail.
Et voilà! I hope you enjoyed reading about France’s most traditional appetizers and cocktails. Let me know if you try any of them out by commenting below or tagging us @ouiplease on instagram.
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