(Closed) What are some traditional Christmas dishes/recipes where you come from?

posted 5 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: My region/country has its own distinct Christmas foods:
    Yes : (10 votes)
    29 %
    No : (6 votes)
    17 %
    Sort of - a variation of some other dish/recipe that is not totally unique : (9 votes)
    26 %
    We always incorporate one or more of these dishes in our Christmas spread : (9 votes)
    26 %
    We do not incorporate these dishes into our Christmas cuisine : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    11657 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Arshim:  I don’t have pictures handy but my Christmas dinner has always been 

    Turkey (roasted) with bread and savory stuffing

    Mashed Potatoes

    Rutabega (which we call turnip, even though it’s not)



    Usually we have pie for desert


    My stepmom’s family is from Guyana, they do this thing called Garlic Pork for brunch on Christmas day.  It’s incredibly smelly, very STRONG tasting pork and garlic.

    Post # 5
    1784 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m American, so turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, green beans, and pumpkin pie.

    I now live in Japan where Christmas dinner is KFC and Christmas cake (usually white cake with strawberries).

    Post # 6
    781 posts
    Busy bee

    Last year, we were all so tired of Thanksgiving-type foods that we went all out Mexican! I made fajitas, beans and rice. We traditionally will do a turkey or ham, whichever one we didn’t do for Thanksgiving. 

    Post # 7
    1814 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I’m from a boring American family, married to anothe boring American family, we don’t make anything particularly interesting (ham, potatoes, random veggie…) so this thread will be interesting to me! The ponche de creme sounds particularly amazing so far, lol!

    Post # 8
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    On actual Christmas day we do the traditional American food.

    But I’m in Arizona, where good authentic Mexican food can be had, so a lot of families around here get tamales for Christmas Eve. It’s the best! I actually know a lot of Mexicans who sell tamales around Christmas time and use that money to fund their Christmas shopping.

    Post # 9
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My mom always makes “Great Pancake” for breakfast on Christmas morning.  It’s this awesome…pastry…pancake…thing.  We eat it with jam.  That’s just my family, though.  Also we have Italian food the night before Christmas.  We’re not Italian at all, though.

    Great Pancake looks like this:

    Post # 10
    3520 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @Arshim:  I make black cake!

    We’ve always made a prime rib roast with mashed potatoes and other vegetables for Christmas dinner.  If there’s a big crowd, we might add a spiral-sliced ham, but that’s about it. 

    Post # 11
    242 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    My family is Italian so for Christmas Eve, we usually have stuffed shells, meatballs, and antipasta. We also make these things that we call “meat things” and “spinach things.” We basically take pizza dough, stretch it out really good – on the meat one we usually put ground beef and pork, roll it up and cut it into pinwheel shapes and bake in the oven. Do the same thing with the spinach but just put chopped spinach and seasoning on that dough. Another thing we make is braciole – take the braciole meat and put some breadcrumb, cheese, seasonsing and roll it up. Fry it til its browned a bit and then throw it in some sauce – any pasta sauce will do. When it is done, you cut it up into pinwheel shapes – these go quick in my family.

    Post # 12
    1471 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Jabberwocky:  You know, when I lived in Japan that was heaven. Growing up, KFC was what I had on Christmas eve with my Dad, and finally in Japan I wasn’t a freak for it!


    I’m from New Zealand. Pavlova is the best I can think of.

    Post # 13
    8483 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I was watching a show on Food Network this morning where different FN chefs showed what they cook for Christmas. There was some really interesting things on there.

    Post # 15
    7208 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @Arshim:  Well not necessarily my “region” (I’m in Southern California) but my family is Mexican American and we always have tamales at Christmas. (Basically, pretty similar to your pastellas. Corn masa filled with a variety of ingredients. We usually do pork and olives, chicken and cheese and green chile and cheese, but there are also ones that are alittle sweeter with raisens and nuts or with stawberry or pineapple in the masa. It’s all wrapped up in a corn husk and steamed.)

    Oh… we also always have a big huge box of See’s Candy, which originated in California so I guess that “regional”. And we always have Pinot Noir… generally from a California winery so I’ll count that too 🙂 

    Post # 16
    7208 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @bowsergirl:  LOL We moved to the Valley this year and I’m on the hunt for my new tamale lady! Always the worst part of moving… 

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