The end-of-year festivities are a great excuse to put on a great show and get together with family or friends. However, this period is also synonymous with mental load for the hosts responsible for the meal. In order to avoid being overwhelmed in the kitchen, a practical alternative that is just as convivial as the traditional feast around the table is emerging: opt for a buffet. Verrines, canapés, sweets... A myriad of possibilities, sweet or savory, are to be discovered with this selection of festive recipes. Read more in pictures.
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The advantage of the buffet? No concessions should be made when it comes to the menu. Those who are looking forward to the foie gras season will be able to taste the noble product in all its forms: in a mini-burger, in sweets or slipped into a brioche with fig confit. Seafood is also in the spotlight, with creations featuring salmon, caviar and oysters. On the menu: smoked salmon éclair, oyster with grapefruit pearls, cauliflower cream with caviar... Some recipes also allow you to organize in advance, such as foie gras with lime zest and date confit, to be enjoyed with a slice of wholemeal bread. Others meet the highest requirements of vegetarians, such as the egg casserole with bean emulsion and morel mushroom chips or the pâté en croûte with mushrooms, dried fruit and ricotta. Something to satisfy all palates.
Christmas around a buffet
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Choosing to celebrate Christmas around a buffet does not mean giving up the traditional yule log. To do this, slip slices of the chocolate rolled cake into a verrine, which is topped with citrus supremes and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno also revisits another emblematic dessert of the festive season: Mont Blanc. In a cocktail glass, meringue, vanilla whipped cream and chestnut cream blend elegantly. Sweets are also in the spotlight, sporting Christmas silhouettes, such as the star or the fir tree. For children, we bet on gingerbread cookies, these small cookies in the shape of a stick figure decorated with honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Enough to please all the guests.