Food glorious food! Soon we will be stuffing our faces with the biggest dinner of the year, Christmas Dinner, and we couldn’t be more excited! It got us thinking though, what are the traditional Christmas dinners and desserts from around the world? Maybe we could incorporate some of these traditions into our own dinner this year and create a worldwide feast!
Italy like to do things a little bit more, well, Italian. The Feast of Seven Fishes is any seafood lovers paradise. It commemorates the wait for the midnight birth of baby Jesus. Calamari, linguini with clams, shrimp, scampi… it’s got our mouths watering already.
As for deserts, Italy has many to choose from, the one that caught our eye was the Panettone, this can be made into sweet bread or muffins, the flavours of the fruit and nut compliment each other perfectly.
We all know Sweden do pretty much the best meatballs in the world (thanks, Ikea), but what do they offer up at Christmas? Well, the Janssons Frestelese of course! Finely cut potatoes and anchovies make up this authentic and tasty casserole.
Desert is served up in the form of Risgrynsgrot, which is a sweet with just the right amount of cinnamon spice rice pudding. YUM!
Chiles en nogada is a Mexican Christmas dish which is comprised of meat-stuffed, fire-roasted poblano peppers, covered in creamy walnut sauce and a pomegranate seed garnish – sounds good to us!
If variety is the spice of life, Mexico are doing something very right, the Tamales are spicy little pockets bursting with authentic flavour that will give your Christmas a classic Mexican kick.
Conquilles Saint-Jacques as well as Bushe de Noel are both French Christmas dinner must haves. Conquilles Saint-Jacques is a delicious starter option which includes scallops with herbs and cheese, served in little shells, delicious and beautifully presented at the same time.
Bushe de Noel is a French classic, the yule log cake is a staple at any Christmas dinner table, it symbolises the holiday season in all its chocolaty goodness.