5 amazing Christmas recipes from Around the World
Christmas is all about traditions, we know. But that doesn’t mean you have to stick with the same old dishes every year. We are pretty sure your family and friends will definitely enjoy some new recipes around the holidays.
We have chosen 5 interesting and tasty dishes from around the world so that you can surprise your loved ones.
Let’s travel in Germany for a bit and have a look at what the folks over there like to cook on Christmas.
Stollen, a traditional Christmas desert is kind of like a fruit cake. It is made with rum, spices and has a sugary coating. It contains dried fruit and often marzipan. You can cover it with sugar, or icing sugar. For extra flavor you can also add some nuts, everyone will love it. Find the recipe here.
Tamales colorados, a dish wrapped with corn husks is a must have on the winter holiday in Guatemala. The dish takes its name from the chocolate-based sauce and comes with raising, dried plums and nuts. It’s a bit sweet but the flavors will definitely be appreciated, it’s a nice change from all the traditional recipes. Learn how to cook this dish here.
Akoho sy voania, a dish from Madagascar will be the main attraction on your table, if you decide to cook it. The main ingredients are rice, chicken and coconut. It’s very similar to Asian receipts and that means it is a very simple, very delicious and rich in flavors dish. It is very important that all the ingredients are fresh; it will make it more delicious. Make sure you buy fresh tomatoes and sweet unions. Be very careful when you buy the chicken as well. Find the recipe here.
Hangikjöt, a traditional Christmas dish from Iceland is basically a smoked leg of lamb. You can eat it either hot or cold and it is served with cooked potatoes. This dish is not an everyday food and it is for many Icelanders a favorite. Now, if you are worried you will have left-overs, that’s fine. You can use the meat as topping for bread and make some delicious after Christmas bruschetta. If you want to make it yourself find out how here.
Porkkanalaatiko is a spiced carrot casserole that will make you forget all about American Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. This is a traditional Christmas recipe from Finland. It goes very well with mashed potatoes, roasted meat or ham. Also, if you are feeling artistic you can pattern the surface with a spoon or, better yet, make your kids or friends do this, it will give you a chance to spend some quality time with them in the kitchen. Find the recipe here.
Now, since we are Romanians, we thought you might like a bonus dish from Romania. This is a very interesting type of food, called Sarmale. Basically, cabbage rolls filled with pork meat and rice. Although the original recipe is with pork meat, that doesn’t mean you can’t make them with any other meat like turkey, chicken or beef. You mix the meat, rice and other ingredients in the cabbage leaf and boil them for about 40 minutes. We can assure you, the smell you will have in the house will be like nothing else. It’s basically the smell of Christmas in Romania, you’ll love it. Find the recipe here.
We know that cooking for your family on Christmas can be very overwhelming and stressful but, please keep in mind of what this holiday is all about. Let everyone help you out in the kitchen and divide the chores so that everyone has a little contribution for the Christmas dinner. This will help you bond with the family and you can also have a lot of fun.