Every July 14, Bastille Day is celebrated in France and around the world. Known as La Fête Nationale, the holiday commemorates the storming of the French fortress and prison know as the Bastille -- what followed was the French Revolution, which led to many political changes including the abolishing of monarchy (think Marie Antoinette).

A day like Bastille Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate everything French, and what better way to do just that than with French food? You don't have to go all the way to Paris to celebrate (though watching the military parade down the Champs Elysees is pretty cool). Break out a bottle of Champagne and enjoy one of the classic recipes in the slideshow below. All of them can be made at home -- but we won't judge you if you decide to buy your croissants instead of making them from scratch.

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  • Macarons

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com/2010/04/macarons-101-french-meringue.html" target="_hplink">Macarons recipe from Not So Humble Pie</a></strong> Make a batch of pretty macarons that everyone will ooh and ah over. Use this classic recipe and mix it up with different colors and flavors.

  • Free-Form Onion Tart

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/free-form-onion-tart_n_1058392.html" target="_hplink">Free-Form Onion Tart recipe</a></strong> This savory onion tart is delicious paired with a salad for lunch or served as an appetizer. Cook the onions slowly for at least 20 minutes to get them caramelized. And use a pizza stone in the oven to get it really crisp.

  • Chicken Provencal

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chicken-provencal_n_1057131.html" target="_hplink">Chicken Provencal recipe</a></strong> Olives, tomatoes, garlic and herbs are the key ingredients in Provencal cooking. You'll find all those flavors in this chicken stew.

  • Crepes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.designsponge.com/2011/04/in-the-kitchen-with-catherine-tarets-crepes-party.html" target="_hplink">Crepes recipe from Design Sponge</a></strong> Fill your crepes with anything you like. The classic filling is sugar and lemon juice, but Nutella and banana is also nice.

  • Double-Fried French Fries

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/double-fried-french-fries_n_1061292.html" target="_hplink">Double-Fried French Fries recipe</a></strong> The best French fries (or pommes frites) are double-fried, which creates an extra crispy exterior and fluffy interior.

  • Cherry Clafoutis

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cherry-clafoutis_n_1061270.html" target="_hplink">Cherry Clafoutis recipe</a></strong> Clafoutis is like a cross between a baked custard and pancake. Typically made with cherries, it can also be made with any other fruit.

  • Quick Cassoulet

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://dinnerwithjulie.com/2011/09/13/pam-andersons-cassouletstyle-italian-sausages-white-beans/" target="_hplink">Quick Cassoulet recipe from Dinner with Julie</a></strong> Cassoulet is a dish that takes hours to make, but this version cooks up quickly in the oven. It's packed with tomatoes, beans and sausage.

  • Profiteroles

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://acozykitchen.com/profiteroles/" target="_hplink">Profiteroles recipe from A Cozy Kitchen</a></strong> Profiteroles start with an eggy dough that is piped onto sheet pans and baked. The hollow puffs are then sliced open and filled with ice cream and drizzled in chocolate sauce.

  • Steak Bearnaise With Sweet Potato Straws

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.tastemag.co.za/Recipe-374/Steak-Bearnaise-with-sweet-potato-straws.aspx" target="_hplink">Steak Béarnaise with Sweet Potato Straws recipe</a></strong> Bearnaise is a classic French sauce that's perfect for serving alongside seared steak. Top the dish with shoe string sweet potato fries.

  • Frangipane Apple Tart With Apricot Glaze

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/frangipane-apple-tart-wit_n_1057566.html" target="_hplink">Frangipane Apple Tart with Apricot Glaze recipe</a></strong> The classic frangipane tart can be made with pears or apples, but the star of the pastry is the ground almond filling, which is called frangipane.

  • Ratatouille

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/dads_ratatouille/" target="_hplink">Ratatouille recipe from Simply Recipes</a></strong> A classic ratatouille takes a long time to make, but the results are worth it. You get all the flavors of summer in a rustic vegetable stew.

  • Paper-Wrapped Roast Chicken

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/paper-wrapped-roast-chick_n_1057585.html" target="_hplink">Paper-Wrapped Roast Chicken recipe</a></strong> Baking "en papillotte" or in parchment is a French technique that ensures moist and tender results. It works perfectly with this whole roasted chicken or fillets of fish.

  • Milk Chocolate Pots De Creme

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/milk-chocolate-pots-de-cr_n_1058559.html" target="_hplink">Milk Chocolate Pots de Creme recipe</a></strong> These chocolate custards, baked in cups, are super silky and dense. A combination of milk and dark chocolates gives it a very rich flavor.

  • Cheddar-Pepper Palmiers

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cheddar-pepper-palmiers_n_1059265.html" target="_hplink">Cheddar-Pepper Palmiers recipe</a></strong> In the States these pastries are sometimes called angel wings or elephant ears, but the French call them palmiers (palm leaves). This version is savory with cheddar and pepper and easy to make since you use store-bought puff pastry.

  • French 75

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/french-75_n_1058394.html" target="_hplink">French 75 recipe</a></strong> There's a debate whether this cocktail, invented at The New York Bar in Paris in 1915, should be made with gin or Cognac. You decide!

  • Crispy Chicken Leg Confit

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/crispy-chicken-leg-confit_n_1058359.html" target="_hplink">Crispy Chicken Leg Confit recipe</a></strong> Confit is a method of cooking duck legs in duck fat. This recipe instead cooks chicken legs in olive oil to achieve similar meltingly tender results. Serve with couscous for a touch of Moroccan influence.

  • Croissants

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com/2010/03/croissants-part-one.html" target="_hplink">Croissant recipe from Not So Humble Pie</a></strong> One of the most "French" things you can do is enjoy a croissant outside of a Parisian cafe. With this recipe you don't have to fly all the way to Paris.

  • Baked Onion Soup

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/30/baked-onion-soup-with-a-g_n_1391467.html" target="_hplink">Baked Onion Soup recipe</a></strong> One of the most comforting foods of French cuisine is onion soup, made with caramelized onions, red wine and topped with cheese-crusted bread. But if you don't have the time, this recipe works fine in the slow cooker.

  • Gougeres

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-cheese-gougres-169039" target="_hplink">Gougeres recipe from The Kitchn</a></strong> Made with a similar dough to profiteroles, gougeres are the savory version made with grated cheese. Choose a cheese like gruyere or cheddar.

  • Bouillabaisse With Spicy Rouille

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/bouillabaisse-with-spicy-_n_1049842.html" target="_hplink">Bouillabaisse with Spicy Rouille recipe</a></strong> Bouillabaisse started as a fisherman's stew made with all the catches of the day. This version pares it down to calamari, tilapia and scallops. Serve it with rouille, a garlic and red pepper sauce.

  • Creme Brulee

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/07/creme-brulee/" target="_hplink">Creme Brulee recipe from The Pioneer Woman</a></strong> You'll find this classic dessert at pretty much any French restaurant. Baked vanilla custard with a caramelized sugar topping -- it's simply amazing.

  • Julia Child's Boeuf Bourgignon

    <strong>Get <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/julia-childs-boeuf-bourg_n_1056241.html" target="_hplink">Julia Child's Boeuf Bourgignon recipe</a></strong> Julia Child helped bring French cooking to America and her boeuf Bourgignon is one of the most memorable of her dishes. It's comforting, hearty and very French. Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/alanchan/4226667255/ " target="_hplink">Taekwonweirdo, Flickr</a>.

  • Nouveau Nicoise

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/nouveau-nicoise_n_1049181.html" target="_hplink">Nouveau Nicoise recipe</a></strong> Salade Nicoise is easy to make and includes a flavorful combination of fresh vegetables along with hard-boiled eggs and tuna. It's filling and refreshing for a picnic lunch.

  • Coq Au Vin

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://norecipes.com/blog/coq-au-vin-recipe/" target="_hplink">Coq au Vin recipe from No Recipes</a></strong> Though traditionally made with rooster (coq), this dish works just fine with chicken. The "au vin" means it's cooked in wine, which gives it a rich flavor.

  • Double Chocolate Mousse

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/diagonal-chocolate-mousse_n_1467843.html" target="_hplink">Diagonal Chocolate Mousse recipe</a></strong> These chocolate mousse cups are stunning to look at -- the mousse is layered on the diagonal with creme chantilly (whipped cream). The flavor is pronounced with a touch of espresso to highlight the chocolate.

  • Ham And Potato Gratin

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/ham-and-potato-gratin_n_1057588.html" target="_hplink">Ham and Potato Gratin recipe</a></strong> A simple potato gratin makes a very nice homey side dish, but this version amps it up by adding slices of ham. Serve it for breakfast or lunch.

  • Light Salade Aux Lardons

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/light-salade-aux-lardons_n_1049906.html" target="_hplink">Light Salade aux Lardons recipe</a></strong> This take on salade Lyonnaise is lighter and leaner because it uses Canadian bacon. The crowning touch is a poached egg on top. Serve as an appetizer or lunch.

  • Quiche Lorraine

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/quiche_lorraine/" target="_hplink">Quiche Lorraine recipe from Simply Recipes</a></strong> This traditional quiche is packed with crispy bacon in a rich custardy and cheesy filling. It's not just for the ladies-who-lunch crowd.

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