All we want for Christmas is a Christmas pudding!
Christmas is one of the most celebrated and beloved holidays in the world. People associate it with coziness, a decorated Christmas tree, festive garlands, and a delicious dinner with the family. Each country and family have their traditions of preparing and celebrating this holiday.
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Someone already a month before Christmas Eve is preparing a dessert, someone starts choosing the perfect fish and turkey, and someone is planning a trip to a fast-food restaurant.
Despite all the differences in its conduct, Christmas gives people positive emotions and believes that the coming year will bring only joy and happiness. Delicious food and a unique atmosphere allow you to tune in a positive mood.
The most beloved Christian holiday in the world is associated with rebirth, peace, and happiness. On this bright day, it's customary to set the table and meet guests. And each country has not only its national cuisine but also its festive culinary traditions.
But they don't need to prepare those dishes that seem the most delicious and refined for the holidays. People often choose meals with a long history, which have stood the test of time and become the favorites for more than one generation.
The British greet Christmas with a baked turkey served with cranberry sauce. Fried potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and other vegetables are side dishes. Often, you can find a pork leg with cherries and cloves on the English table. And for dessert, the British feast on pudding poured rum, which they effectively set on fire while serving. For drinks, they choose traditional ale.
The Germans cook goose baked with apples, prunes and cabbage, salmon, pork with sauerkraut, and homemade salted pastries. They try to pick products on this day that symbolize the birth of life - eggs, and sprouts.
The French traditionally cook a Christmas turkey by baking it according to a special recipe with alcohol and cream. They can also have chestnuts, pates, fish, shellfish, and assorted cheeses on the Christmas table. The French adore serving a Christmas butter log with wine or champagne for dessert.
In Japan, all food on the Christmas table has meaning. The Japanese prefer buckwheat noodles, seafood set consisting of several types of fish, caviar, shrimp, lobster, oysters, and seaweed. They eat this splendor with Ozoni soup with rice cakes. As for the drinks, they pick rice, vodka, and green tea.
In Argentina, people fry peacock meat, turkey, beef, or pork on Christmas night, accompanied by pies with all kinds of fillings and sweet puddings.
Australians usually celebrate Christmas with shrimp, chicken, pig, lamb, and beef. They put whipped cream with fruit and meringues on the table for dessert.
Americans traditionally bake a Christmas turkey with sour cranberry sauce and stuff the meat with bread, cheese, beans, mushrooms, garlic, prunes, cabbage, and apples.
Depending on the country and region, there are infinitely many traditions of setting the table for Christmas, so long listings do not make sense. To better understand the traditional Christmas cuisine of different continents, let's pick a main dish for each country and find out why people love it so much.
Christmas pudding or plum pudding is a staple dessert at a UK gala dinner. Despite the name, it doesn't consist of plums. The pudding contains raisins, bread crumbs, sugar, butter, spices (cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg). Before serving, the cook poured it with brandy, rum, or other strong alcoholic beverage and set it on fire.
Another feature of the plum pudding is that you can cook it several weeks before serving, giving it time to "ripen."
Christmas carp is a must-have dish on the holiday table on Christmas Eve in the Czech Republic.
Usually, the cook serves a carp in fried pieces, whole baked or stuffed. Increasingly, Czechs are buying two carps: one to cook, and the other, they put into the bathroom and then set free.
Stollen - baked goods with candied fruit and raisins, which in shape and color resembles the baby Jesus wrapped in diapers. There are also varieties with nuts, marzipan, and poppy seeds. The Germans make them from special yeast dough with a lot of flour and oil.
After baking, they coat it with ghee and sprinkle it with powdered sugar.
In Cuba, Christmas Eve, as in many Latin American countries, is an occasion for the whole family to gather for a festive dinner. It usually consists of rice, black beans, rice pudding, and rum pie.
They cook bananas with melted lard and traditionally eat them with sea salt - sometimes pepper, for piquancy.
Parrillada is an Argentine national dish and the centerpiece of the Christmas table. Among the ingredients is grilled beef. Specially trained chefs - asador or parrillero - control the process of cooking. They know how to cut and roast different parts of the carcass.
Sometimes the dish may have intestines, blood sausages, and a thymus gland.
Melomakarona - sweet biscuits, in the form of oval. It's a must-have item on the Christmas table in Greece. The cook bakes it and then abundantly soaks it in sugar-honey syrup with citrus, which gives it special moisture. After that, the chef sprinkles the cookies on top with chopped walnuts.
This dessert appears in almost any store or bakery during the winter holidays.
The favorite food of the Irish on the Christmas table is smoked salmon with a shrimp cocktail. They put it on top of fresh green lettuce leaves. The cook can serve salmon simply with sauce or vegetables. The Irish consider smoked fish a good gift for colleagues, friends, and family.
Kutya is a sweet porridge made from wheat, barley, sometimes rice, adding honey, poppy seeds, raisins, and nuts. In different regions of Ukraine, recipes differ in the composition of cereals and additives. But, indeed, kutya should be sweet!
It's hard to imagine a Filipino Christmas without a festive dish called Lechon. They roast a whole baked suckling pig on a skewer over hot coals. As a result of such a long process, a crispy, ruddy crust forms outside, and the most tender meat appears inside.
Chives, bay leaves, black pepper, garlic, salt, lemongrass, and tamarind are good spices for the dish.
Japan is a specific country with unique traditions, so it isn't surprising that this is where the most unusual Christmas celebration in the world takes place. Since the 1970s, the Japanese have been going en masse to the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) fast food restaurant, famous for its special breaded fried chicken with a secret recipe.
Also, on the festive table, you can find osechi-ryori - a set of seafood, which includes fish, shrimp, oysters, caviar, lobster, and seaweed. The composition may vary. It lays in special lacquered boxes. Each element of the osechi-ryori has its symbolic meaning.
Flaeskesteg is a traditional Danish Christmas dish. It is crispy baked pork with red cabbage stewed in duck fat with sugar, apples, onions, vinegar, red wine, and spices. The traditional Christmas meal ends with sweet rice porridge served at midnight.
One almond appears in the dish - if an unmarried girl gets it, then in the coming year, according to legends, she will get married. For everyone else, a sweet find promises happiness. The one who got the almonds must hide it until everybody eats the whole porridge.
The Christmas table is different in different regions of Italy. Somewhere they cook seven different fish dishes, somewhere they serve dried cod and squid, and somewhere they eat fried lamb or poultry.
The only dish that unites the whole country is the festive panettone cake.
It includes sweet yeast dough with candied fruits, chocolate chips, raisins, and nuts. Each housewife has her own recipe for this dessert.
Kuciukai is a small Lithuanian biscuit with poppy seeds. The cook usually serves it with poppy seed or cow's milk to soften the texture and flavor. They take place during the Christmas dinner (Kūčios in Lithuania).
On this evening, people taste 12 dishes, mainly consisting of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and fish. At the same time, meat isn't part of the table.
Sorrel is the only drink that appears on the Christmas list in Jamaica. Its base is hibiscus flowers. Ginger, orange peel, cinnamon, and sugar are the other ingredients of the beverage. And, of course, you cannot do without rum in Jamaica. It completes the flavor composition of sorrel.
But enough about traditional recipes from different countries. You probably would like to know what easy recipes you can try right now. Simple classics are the perfect choice for this aim.
Most of the Western traditions of celebrating Christmas are now roaming the world, complementing the classic cuisine of many other countries. In this category, we included those dishes that are most often found in the United States and Europe (but in other countries too). For now, they’ve become an integral part of the Christmas miracle.
This is probably the most frequently mentioned meal regarding Christmas. Yes, this is absolutely a finger-licking dish! But do you remember how to cook it well? To make your grand entrée tasty, first, watch all the stages of the cooking method, then prepare the ingredients and start to cook.
Cooking time: more than 3 hours
Ingredients: turkey weighing 4-4.5 kg (8.8-10 lbs), a pinch of sage, 2 carrots, 1 large orange, 50 g butter, a pinch of nutmeg, 12 stalks of rosemary, 1 head of garlic, 4 medium red onions, 2 stalks of celery, 12 strips of bacon, a handful of bread crumbs, a handful of dried apricots, 300 g minced pork, zest of 1 lemon, 1 egg, sea salt, ground pepper, olive oil, 2 tbsp. of flour, 1 L chicken, or vegetable stock.
Serve the turkey with mashed potatoes or vegetables. Spicy cranberry sauce will also go well with it.
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Cranberry sauce can be transferred to a sterilized jar with a lid and kept in the refrigerator for about a week.
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 2.5 h
Cooking time: 2.5-3 h
Ingredients: butter 110 g, chopped almonds 90 g, dried apricots 100 g, light raisins 110 g, dark raisins 110 g, dried cranberries 50 g, prunes 100 g, roasted hazelnuts 50 g, sugar 170 g, wheat, flour 200 g, baking powder 5 g, cocoa powder 1 tbsp, rye crumb bread 200 g, ground ginger 3 g, cinnamon 5 g, nutmeg 1/3 tsp, vanillin 2 g, ground cloves 2 g, 1 zest of 1 orange, milk 235 g, 1 chicken egg, cognac 500 ml.
Eggnog is a traditional Christmas drink. But the traditional recipe is more like a fairytale for the kids. The special “ingredient” for this drink is a shot of brandy. So, depending on your preferences, it may become either alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink:
In a mixing container, combine ice cubes (about half the volume of a shaker) and the rest of the ingredients, except for the last one. Beat the mixture for about a minute. Then filter the cocktail and sprinkle with nutmeg. Ready!
We've just introduced you to the classic recipes for Christmas food. But what about something less traditional?
Of course, many of us love to respect cultural norms and customs, but sometimes even the most conservative people want to modify the menu. Is it that bad looking for some kind of creative dish for a family feast?
Therefore, especially for those crazy about Christmas and experiments, we've prepared several new options for non-traditional dishes.
Often we associate inter holidays with tangerines. But what about tangerines in a meal, for instance, a cupcake? It’ll steal the show!
Cooking time: 2 h
Cooking time: 2.5 h
Cooking time: 30 min
Cooking time: 2 h 20 min
Every year people celebrate Christmas, and each of us treats it differently. For some, it is, first of all, a religious holiday. For others, it is an opportunity to spend time with relatives and friends, and for some, it is a time of parties.
One way or another, when it comes to a feast, we all try to remember or find grandma's old recipe for chicken or eggnog. Unexpectedly your kitchen becomes a place for creative exploration.
Now you've learned a little more about classic unconventional dishes and can choose whatever you like. Take another look at the recipe list and prepare a family dinner that tastes like the magic of Christmas. For sure, you'll fill out your whole menu. Bon appetit and happy holidays!
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