Traditional Christmas Dishes from Around the World
Christmas is celebrated the whole world round with good cheer and great food. In America, families gather at night to feast on roast beef and fruitcake, but just across the pond, lunch is the big meal of the day, and they enjoy dishes like roast goose and trifle with brandy butter! Internationally, the traditional foods are even more various, including potato salad and homemade tamales. If you want to add some international flair to your Christmas, here are some dishes you might want to try!
Potato Salad is commonly enjoyed in the Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico!
Many countries have their own version of fruitcake. In Germany, it's stollen - a bread-like cake with candied fruits. The panettone, a sweet bread loaf, from Italy is similar. And in Portugal, it's the bolo rei (which is probably the closest to America's traditional fruitcake).
Pierogi is often enjoyed at a Polish Christmas dinner, and is usually filled with potatoes, sauerkraut, mushrooms, and cheese!
Meatballs are common additions to a traditional Norwegian or Swedish Christmas celebration! These creamy, homemade Swedish meatballs are a tasty treat to enjoy for the holidays (or whenever else you may want to).
In many households, it's traditional to make homemade tamales around the holidays and share them with friends and family! Here's a great recipe if you'd like to try your hand at the craft too.
Fish Soup is eaten throughout eastern Europe around the holidays, particularly in Poland, Serbia, and Hungary! If you'd like fish soup to at your table, this classic crab soup is great.
Cabbage is a favorite side dish at many tables internationally, including Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, and Norway! Sweet and sour pickled cabbage like this preparation is common.
You'll find great lobster dishes on many tables in Spain during the holiday season in soups, stews, and simple preparations - pan-fried, boiled, or grilled.
Rice Pudding is a dessert that will show up at dinners in the Americas and Northern Europe! This raisin rice pudding is a perfectly sweet addition to any meal.
Oysters are commonly enjoyed in France and in some part of the US (particularly in the form of oyster stuffing). This elegant French oyster stew is a great addition to your meal!
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