Everyone should prepare a special dinner for the family at least once in his or her lifetime. In our home, the most special family dinners include the stuffed turkey at Thanksgiving or Christmas.
In France, the Christmas Eve Réveillon is a special evening to get dressed up and enjoy several courses of fine dining. We’ve replaced the traditional French goose with a traditional stuffed turkey, much to the initial chagrin of my French family. That is, until they tasted the tender, juicy stuffed turkey with all the traditional side dishes. Round that off with French champagne, foie gras, a cheese platter and chocolate mousse for dessert and well, you have the ultimate festive dinner.
Here are my favorite recipes from two family kitchens an ocean apart, combined to celebrate everyone’s taste buds and traditions!
Festive Dinner Menu
1Roula’s Perfect Holiday Eggnog
Whip up this fail-proof delicious eggnog recipe and welcome your guests with a delicious glass of holiday cheer! GET THE RECIPE
2Alexis’ Fabulous Homemade Foie Gras à L’Armagnac
This traditional French recipe for foie gras with Armagnac is surprisingly simple to make, yet so delicious, it’s developed a reputation amongst our family and friends as being out of this world. GET THE RECIPE
3Bill’s Gobbly Good Turkey
Bill is the master chef in our family and has taught each of us how to prepare a perfect juicy tender turkey for those special holiday dinners. He makes it look so easy and fun! GET THE RECIPE
4Niki’s Super Turkey Stuffing
Somehow, no roast turkey dinner seems complete without a savory stuffing to go with it. Here’s a scrumptious homemade turkey stuffing recipe that leaves a lot of room for self expression. GET THE RECIPE
5Madeleine’s Chestnut Puree (Purée de Châtaignes)
Here’s a simple recipe for chestnut purée, or purée de châtaignes, to serve as a side dish or use in other recipes. GET THE RECIPE
6Super Easy Cranberry Sauce
Every turkey dinner deserves a sweet and tangy cranberry sauce accompaniment. Try this super-easy recipe and you’ll never go for a canned sauce again. GET THE RECIPE
7The Simplest Sweet Potato Side Dish
This simple to prepare but delectable sweet potato side dish will have your guests asking for more. GET THE RECIPE
8Noble Green Beans Side Dish
With their beautiful, bright color, green beans, or haricots verts are an ideal side dish for a festive dinner. GET THE RECIPE
9Maria’s Marvelous Mousse au Chocolat
This classic mousse au chocolat is the perfect chocolate dessert to end your festive dinner! GET THE RECIPE