The holidays are here, and no matter what you believe in or celebrate, we have got you covered if you’re looking for inspiration on what to make for your Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or other gatherings! While you are focused on what to feast on, we have put together a round-up of some of the most popular festive dishes from around the world! Let’s dig in!
1. Turkey (Christmas)
An American tradition during Thanksgiving and Christmas, the turkey is the central focus when it comes to holiday dinner spreads. Large enough to feed a group of family and friends, the main dish can be prepared in different ways, according to preference. While the traditional preparation normally includes a pretty standard mixture of seasonings, stuffing, and other accompaniments, you really could give the dish a flavor of your own! Next time you are in charge of the center dish, why not try to spice it up or make it sweet — there’s no limit!
2. Latkes (Hanukkah | December 22nd - 30th, 2019)
Originating in Israel and also sometimes called a (fried) potato pancake, latkes are a traditional Hanukkah food. A nod to the burning of oil (eternal light) over eight days in the Temple, during which people fled their oppressors, latkes have become a symbol of this holiday. Considered a miracle — the oil was initially thought to only be enough to burn for one day — the oil lasted eight days, enough time for the people to make more oil, keeping the eternal light aflame. Because of this history, modern celebrations of the holiday include dishes rich in oil.
3. Panettone (Christmas)
A sweet loaf of bread originating from Italy, panettone is a traditional Christmas and New Year’s treat that has spread to other parts of the globe. Whether paired with hot chocolate or other complementary beverage, the candied fruits (including raisins) combined with the signature tall dome shape will take you on a flavorful journey through your holiday season.
4. West African Peanut Stew (Kwanzaa | Dec. 26th, 2019 - Jan. 1st, 2020)
Founded by Dr. Karenga, the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa has been around for just over half a century. Stretched over seven days and observing seven principles (represented by seven candles) — unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith — the goal of the holiday, was and is to help build and reinforce community among African-Americans. This stew, inspired by a West African dish, is like a warm hug on the inside — tasty, nutritious, and hearty — and the perfect way to celebrate the cultural gifts of the season.
5. Yorkshire Pudding or Christmas Pudding (Christmas)
Originating in North England, Yorkshire or Christmas Pudding is the quintessential dish that represents the season. The main ingredients in this savory dish are milk or water, flour, and eggs, and some of the traditional pairings include onion gravy, beef and gravy, or sausages and mashed potatoes. Gathering around for some hearty eats (and belly laughs) is one of the best ways to create Christmas memories that last a lifetime!
6. Yule Log / Bûche de Noël (Christmas)
Originating in France, the yule log cake has moved across the globe as another holiday favorite. Made from mostly sponge cake and chocolate buttercream or other icing, this fun dessert will not last long on the dinner table! Decorate the top with fruits, powdered sugar, or even other Christmas decorations and figurines, and your holiday spread will be complete!
7. Pozoles / Posoles (Christmas)
One of the common occasions to enjoy this traditional Mexican soup is Christmas. A hearty mix of meats (or veggies) and garnishments or condiments — avocado, cabbage, peppers, onion, garlic, and more — pozole can be custom cooked to suit your mood! Whether you prefer a traditional recipe, or make one to suit your palate or lifestyle, you’ll end up adding this to your list of holiday comfort foods!
So, there you have it! While your mouth keeps watering, we hope you are able to make a decision on what you think you might like to make for the holidays! The good thing is, there is no restriction or cap on the amount of dishes you can make! We had you in mind when we put this list together — happy holidays!