You Don’t Have to Be French to Make these Classic Recipes

Every July 14th the French celebrate Bastille Day, commemorating the revolution of 1789, and in every major city around the world with a significant number of French expatriates, there is sure to be a good party, parade, or petanque tournament on the holiday. Find one near you or join in the fun at home by making one of our classic French recipes. From dishes enhanced with truffle butter to a sweet and snack-worthy chestnut spread, there’s something to please every fancy.

Shop our French Favorites collection for ready-to-eat charcuterie and more ingredients to add a French accent to your cooking. Happy Bastille Day! Bonne fête! Joyeux Quatorze Juillet! 

Mushroom Croque Monsieur with Truffle Butter Bechamel

This sandwich is a French bistro classic, and easy to recreate at home. Sautéed mushrooms are smothered in truffle butter béchamel and two types of melty cheese. Perfect for lunch or a light supper, serve with cornichons and dressed baby greens. Or top with a fried egg for an upgraded Croque Madame.

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Magret Duck Breast à la D’Artagnan

Ariane’s father, Chef André Daguin, was the first to treat duck breast like a steak, searing it and serving it rare in the 1950s at his restaurant in Southwest France. This simple recipe should be a part of every home cook’s repertoire.

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Foie Gras Crème Brûlée

There will be foie gras, bien sûr! As if creme brulee wasn’t rich enough, this creamy, sweet custard is enriched with foie gras in this luxurious recipe, made for two. Serve as a dessert or as an appetizer with toasted brioche and Sauternes.

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Bacon & Onion Tarte

Here’s our version of Andre Soltner’s famous Tarte Flambée. It’s great for parties; frozen puff pastry makes it easy while salty ventrèche and luscious crème fraȋche make it irresistible.

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Mushroom & Cheese Quiche with Truffle Butter Crust

Our organic exotic mushrooms, creamy Gouda, and fresh herbs are packed into a black truffle butter shortcrust in this easy quiche recipe. Make this a day ahead for a quick brunch or supper. Serve the French way: alongside salad greens with a bright vinaigrette.

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Crème de Marrons

A common snack in France, crème de marrons can be hard to find stateside but it’s incredibly easy to make with our ready-to-use-chestnuts. The addicting condiment can be stirred into yogurt or ice cream, spread on toast, or used as an ingredient in chestnut desserts.

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Veal Chops with Mustard Cream Sauce

This is one-skillet cooking, French-style. Veal chops are cooked stovetop then mustard and cream fortify a delicious pan sauce. Another wonderful veal recipe involves Calvados, that special apple brandy from Normandy, and this one will have you licking the plate.

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Truffle Butter Pommes Anna

This classic French potato cake is crispy on the outside with a tender center. Black truffle butter adds earthy flavor while a bit of duck fat keeps the butter from burning.

truffle-butter-pommes-anna-recipeDo you fête like the French? Check our post 7 Easy Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day for more fun ideas to celebrate the day.


Since 1985, D’Artagnan has been at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement, producing superior tasting products by partnering with small ranches and farms. We are committed to free-range, natural production, sustainable and humane farming practices and no use of antibiotics or hormones. That’s why D’Artagnan products have been revered by America’s most renowned chefs for over 30 years. We offer the same high-quality products to home cooks at dartagnan.com, along with recipes and guides to help you live the tasty life.

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