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Bastille Day

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.

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.

For tips on shaping and baking baguettes and other French breads, see our Advice articles.

Bon Appétit

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!

Jul. 13, 2009 1:59 am
Another great compilation of French recipes. Bravo AR! ~~~ For those who want to set the mood with French music, there are suggestions for that (& some other ideas) in another AR article on French meals:
Jul. 14, 2010 7:18 am
Planning a French meal tonight complete with French music. Not sure of the entire menu but I'm going with the chocolate hazelnut crepes for dessert. I'm celebrating all the wonderful food & techniques that have come from France (plus it is really a visually beautiful country.)
Emily Kennan 
Jul. 14, 2010 11:13 am
And don’t forget that a Bastille Day feast deserves to be paired with a nice French-styled wine! To celebrate French Independence and the freedom to enjoy wines that you like, declare your Vindependence at!
Jul. 10, 2011 12:19 pm
@RVBH62 if you ever do savory crepes try sun-dried tomatoes, goat or feta cheese and avocado. Not traditional toppings but so delicious!
Jul. 11, 2011 6:58 am
the tid bit about how fine dining was born is so interesting! I am going to make some quiche for a picnic this weekend :)
Apr. 21, 2012 4:41 pm
Interesting and I'm going to take this to my chef if he approves it, I'll post it.
Jul. 10, 2012 2:58 pm
Am doing posts on Bastille day at my food blog: - Got a lot of ideas from allrecipes and featured allrecipe links for Bastille day!
Jul. 14, 2012 1:40 pm
well this is to funny didnt know this was Bastille day but just finished making crepes for my kids for the first time they turned out great, hazelnut and bananas and cream chees with fresh berries.
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