Christmas is a special season for so many reasons and this isn’t so just because of the wreaths or mistletoe, Santa Claus figurines, or updating your Sacramento interior design. Let's accept it - Christmas is Christmas because of the beautiful traditions that are being observed all over the world.
A Diverse Christmas Menu: 10 Unique Dishes to Choose From
Now that we’re celebrating Christmas, you might want to borrow some interesting foods served in different countries during this festive season.
Here are some foods that you might consider adding to your Christmas menu this year:
01. French Coquilles Saint-Jacques
Coquille Saint-Jacques Wikimedia Commons image.
02. Italy's Feast of the Seven Fishes
03. Mexican Chiles en Nogada
Get the Chiles en Nogada recipe here.
04. Russian Zakuski
Zakuski is an array of appetizers from Russia just like the Mediterranean mezze. It can be a meal starter or it can be the main meal. Flavors that are often used are Georgian and Scandinavian because Russians love the dishes coming from these regions.
Zakuski can also be as simple as a fish appetizer that features salty and sour flavors highlighted by vodka shots.
05. Venezuelan Hallacas
A Wikimedia Commons image of Hallacas (by DanielVenezuela16)
The Venezuelan Hallacas are stuffed with a mixture of peppers, capers, raisins, and different meats. They are then wrapped in plantain and maize leaves. Expect spice, sweetness, and saltiness rolled into one.
Get the Hallacas recipe here.
06. German Stollen
The German Stollen is their own version of the traditional fruitcake complete with rum spices and a unique sugary coating. What could be more satisfying than having the spices compete with the sweetness of the coating? Your palate becomes a pleasant battleground of flavors.
07. Italian Ceia de Natal
08. The Philippine Bibingka
The Philippine Bibingka is a flat cake that’s served on banana leaves. It is garnished with grated coconut and a pat of butter. Enjoy this delicacy with your family as you casually sit around the Canadel butcher block style kitchen island.
09. Japanese Christmas Cake
In Japan, the traditional Christmas cake is served on Christmas Eve. This is a sponge cake frosted with heavy whipped cream, and decorated with chocolates, strawberries, and seasonal fruits.
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Christmas is delicious also when you serve special dishes or complete meals that have been traditionally enjoyed. Mince pies are a modern classic which are now replacing wholemeal bagel, cranberry sauce and strawberry jam.
Truffle oil still reigns supreme as does the greenish hint of kale. Culinary trends are fused with unique ingredients this year. All have the power to offer a tasty twist on your upcoming Christmas dinner.
The flavors that offer versatility such as the creamy texture of the pork belly must also be considered. Pork belly is a traditional Oriental ingredient especially among the Chinese. These days, this is an ingredient that’s not just found in Chinese menus anymore.
Your first choice should be roasted pork belly – it’s easy to make and the crispy skin is simply irresistible. This is also a wonderful alternative to ham if you’re willing to try something different.
Another traditional Christmas food is the pomegranate. This is mainly Turkish but with a twist of sweetness. It is also a super food that has potent antioxidants. Decorate your roast lamb, lamb and rocket salad, or almond salad with this fruit.
Who says Christmas dinner isn’t the right venue for a new venture such as an octopus dish? Lino Sauro, a winning chef from Sicily, just adds olive oil to the succulent tentacles of the octopus and what he’s achieved is one of the Sicilian favorite dishes. Sauro states that no Sicilian summer is complete without this special dish.
Octopus is both versatile and texture-rich so you can use it in just about any dish from pasta to salads. Braise the octopus with red wine then serve it with bone marrow and rice pasta.
But what are these dishes without a Canadel dining table to display them on, right? Choose the beauty of sleek metal for your modern theme or a hardwood ensemble for your rustic interiors to complete your Christmas interior design.