Vive la France! Instead of storming a Parisian prison, march into that kitchen and get cooking.
July 14th is the French national holiday, la Fête du 14 juillet. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, an act of open rebellion against the monarchy that is considered the flashpoint of the French Revolution.
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
And Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: cook up a feast worthy of King Louis XVI, but attainable to everyone of course!
Start the day off right with crêpes, both savory and sweet, and café au lait, coffee with hot milk.
- Chocolate Hazelnut Fruit Crêpes
- Basic Crêpes
- Crêpes with Spinach, Bacon, and Mushroom Filling
- Chicken or Turkey Crêpes with Tarragon
- Strawberry Crêpes
- Banana Crêpes
- Pain au Chocolat (Chocolate-Filled Croissant)
For lunch or a light supper, serve Quiche Alsacienne (the traditional Quiche Lorraine with onion), a green salad, and dry white wine, such as an Alsatian Riesling. Or make simple, classic sandwiches: crusty baguettes spread with sweet butter and thinly sliced ham.
- Quiche Lorraine I
- Easy Broccoli Quiche
- Belle and Chron’s Spinach and Mushroom Quiche
- Red Onion and Goat Cheese Tart
- Field Salad
- Salade de Carottes Rapes
- Haricots Verts Lyonnaise
- French Bread
For tips on shaping and baking baguettes and other French breads, see our Advice articles.
Start dinner off with a clear hot soup, like consommé or onion, or a rich cold soup such as vichyssoise. (Although an American invention, it was created by a French chef, perfect for an multicultural Bastille Day celebration.) A main-dish salad can complete the meal–and ensures everyone saves room for dessert!
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The glorious foundations of classic French cuisine–butter, eggs, and cream–are shown to their best advantage in these desserts.
- Crème Brulee
- Creamiest Chocolate Mousse
- Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse
- Éclairs I
- Vanilla Port-Poached Figs with Honey Cream
- French Butter Cakes (Madeleines)
- Authentic French Meringues
- Lemon Butter Tarts
- Crème de Pirouline
- Langues De Chat
Did You Know?
During the Revolution, chefs–who had cooked for the nobility–found themselves out of work. They were forced to open public restaurants, and the fine art of dining was born.
With French food, wine is a must. On hot summer nights, lightly chilled white and rosé wines are perfect choices for watching the Bastille Day fireworks! To learn more about wine and food pairings and French wine, see our wine articles.