Happy Bastille Day! Even if you don’t have a tri-color flag to fly to you can celebrate la Bastille. Simply track down the red sneakers and navy blue t-shirt you wore on the 4th of July, add some festive French food and … voila!
Here are a few ideas for a French summer feast:
To get in a festive mood, start with a Kir Royale. Then keep the appetizers simple and light with a lots of fresh vegetables. Dip them into a bit of Tapenade or White Bean Dip. You may want to add a crispy cracker or two.
If you want to get a little fancy, a mug of Asparagus Soup, served hot or cold, will make a lovely start to your meal.
The Main Event:
When I think of Bastille Day I think of dinners on the Lake of Geneva, so
Filet de Perche is a natural choice! Serve it with steamed new potatoes and green beans. If you want to take the cooking outside, Grilled Lamb is a great choice. Add some Grilled Vegetables and New Potatoes to complete the main course.
Salad & Cheese:
No need to rush. Add a salad and cheese course for a leisurely meal. (A traditional French meal would have both a salad and a cheese course but I like to combine them.) Create a beautiful arrangement of two or three of your favorite cheeses and some fruit if you like. A lovely piece of brie, a bit of goat cheese and maybe a cheddar or gruyere make a nice combination. Serve them with a simple green salad which has been lightly tossed with a Classic Vinaigrette and a loaf of your favorite artisanal bread.
Have a fun and enjoy a festive feast! Bon appétit!
Crème de cassis
Pour about 1 tablespoon of crème de cassis in each champagne flute. Carefully fill each glass with champagne and serve.
For a Kir without the Royale – substitute the champagne with dry white wine.
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