What makes a traditional Christmas dinner?
What do you usually eat for Christmas dinner? Most of us have our traditions. For example, maybe Aunty always brings her speciality cucumber terrine or Granny her secret recipe picked onions!
The British are famous for their traditional turkey dinner with ‘all the trimmings’ such as ‘pigs in blankets’, chestnut stuffing and the dreaded Brussel sprouts! (love ‘em or hate ‘em!)
In hot countries such as ours, many of us tend to lean towards a cold Christmas lunch with each family member bringing a dish to share to save the host from spending the whole day in the hot kitchen!
What do Italians eat?
This varies between regions as each has their own cuisine. However, the one thing they have in common is that festivity always brings Italian families together to feast around a well-laden table! There are many traditional Italian dishes but mostly there is the first course of broth or pasta followed by meat or fish and then a dessert.
Here are some of the more weird and wonderful traditional Christmas food from around the world:
The Swedish enjoy a selection of ham glazed with eggs, breadcrumbs and mustard. They have ‘dipping the kettle’ which is hunks of bread dunked in fatty ham broth.
The Puerto Rican national dish is a roast suckling pig known as lechon. If you thought preparing a turkey was a mission, spare a thought for these guys. This almighty beast needs constant attention from 2 people as it turns slowly on an outdoor spit from as early as 2 in the morning!
The Norwegian festive fare is not for the faint-hearted and includes delicacies such as whole sheep’s head, brains and all! (not going to scare you with a picture of this!
We would love to hear about your festive food traditions!