Prepare the steaks to be basted in France's honor!

While Bastille Day might not commemorate any major American tradition or holiday, it marks a great excuse to cook up a French dinner. Whether you’re a steak frites fan or more in the market for an airy, delicious pâte á choux, we’ve got all of the recipes you need for a French-inspired feast.

For those who might be unfamiliar, Bastille Day is celebrated around the world to remember the storming of the Bastille, a major turn of events in the French Revolution. Across France, residents celebrate with festivals, fireworks, feasts, and more—pretty much the Euro version of how Americans celebrate the Fourth of July. Since we’ve had our fill of barbecue, burgers, and franks, for the time being, baste a steak and caramelize some onions instead.

While many French recipes seem daunting and may use ingredients not familiar to your pantry (like clarified butter and various liqueurs), most have simple alternatives. I often swap a little bit of lemon juice mixed with honey to make up for a limoncello, or instant coffee and simple syrup for a coffee liqueur. The most important things to keep in mind when trying your hand at a new recipe or style of cuisine in the kitchen is to read your recipe thoroughly and remember it doesn’t have to be perfect as long as it tastes good. So, get your cast iron ready and silicone mats out because it’s time to prep a full-on French spread. Keep scrolling for all of our favorite French recipes.

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