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Easy French Eats for Bastille Day

Ten days after American Independence Day, France celebrates its national independence with the food and fireworks-filled holiday called Bastille Day. We’re tipping our berets to this midsummer fête with five delicious French recipes that are easy to make at home. Bon appétit! 
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Grilled Ratatouille

Four colorful summer veggies shine in this cookout-friendly version of classic ratatouille. The combo of lightly charred eggplant, bell pepper, zucchini, and tomatoes tossed with fresh basil and balsamic glaze makes a nutrient-packed swap for salad that works with any grilled menu. 

Niçoise Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

This colorful composed salad from the south of France comes together in a snap thanks to the help of a few pantry staples. Crisp-tender green beans and butter lettuce drizzled with homemade shallot vinaigrette elevates to meal-worthy with the addition of canned tuna, pitted olives, and sun-dried tomatoes. 

Ham and Zucchini Quiche

Store-bought pie dough cuts down on prep for this BLD (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) that’s delicious served at room temperature or warm from the oven. Eggs, fresh zucchini, smoky ham, and Gruyère cheese (or substitute Monterey Jack) make the filling for a flaky quiche finished with the zing of green onions. 

French Toast Monte Cristo Sandwiches

This sweet-savory sandwich is a brunch standout that also works as a satisfying lunch or dinner. Thick slices of cinnamon-spiced French toast pair perfectly with smoky ham, melty Swiss cheese, and optional drizzle of maple syrup. 

Easy Chocolate Palmiers

These spiraled cookies look and taste fresh from a French bakery…no one has to know how easy they are to make. Layers of puff pastry with chocolate hazelnut spread spiraled into hearts make a centerpiece-worthy dessert that’s also great for gifting. 

Make-Ahead Crepes

This crowd-pleasing breakfast or dessert is a snap to make up to a day ahead. Just prepare the easy batter and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to cook – or save even more time by making crepes in advance and reheating – then add your favorite fillings, like fruit, nut butter, or chocolate hazelnut spread. 

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