The choice of Christmas food prepared during the holiday season is something that needs a lot of time and detailing on the part of the one who prepares it. Special occasions require a special touch so, this season cook some mouth watering dishes that your family enjoys while adding some new dishes to the menu as well. Christmas food crafts are an imaginative way of designing the food that you want to give as gifts. To make the Christmas food gifts you can use various accessories to make it attractive.
Christmas food in Mexico
In Mexico as in other parts of the world, on Christmas Eve food is shared by everyone in the family who gather during the holiday season to celebrate the festival and connect with their near and dear ones. This year, try to make Mexican food for Christmas; given below is one recipe to get you started in this.
1 1/2 cups rice flour
1 1/2 cups butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 bunches dried corn husks
2 1/4 pounds fresh masa
1 cup rice flour
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup finely chopped almonds
1/2 cup sweet cream
- Mix the butter and sugar together, till it is light and fluffy.
- Next put together the rice flour and masa; pour in a little water to make it well mixed dough.
- After that put in the already prepared butter-sugar mixture to the dough, beating after every addition till the dough turns light and fluffy.
- To make the filling, combine together the cinnamon, sugar, raisins, almonds and sweet cream.
- Now fill, wrap and steam as is done while making the basic Tamales.
Some of the common Christmas food recipes are given here. While you may be familiar with a particular style of cooking, you can always try out different methods to add a new twist to your favorite dish. Hope you will try out these recipes and give your family something entirely different to savor in terms of food this holiday season.
Holiday Roast Turkey with Old-Fashioned Corn Bread stuffing (in four steps)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large chopped yellow onion
5 cups crumbled corn bread
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
5 cups toasted fresh bread crumbs
1 fresh or frozen and thawed turkey
3/4 cup lower-sodium chicken soup
- Take a mid-sized saucepan; put it over moderate heat and melt the butter.
- Put in the onion and cook it until it becomes tender.
- In another large bowl, mix the baking powder, poultry seasoning, corn bread, bread crumbs, and pepper and beat in the onion mixture as well.
- In another small bowl beat the soup and egg and mix this to the corn bread mixture.
- Heat the oven to 325°F. Discard the neck and giblets from the turkey and put it aside.
- To stuff and bind up the turkey, put the breast-side-up, on a rack in a large roasting pan.
- Brush with oil and put the roasting thermometer to the thigh without touching bone.
- Dollop the rest of the stuffing into a lightly greased casserole and keep it to refrigerate.
- Next bake turkey for three to three and half hours, basting it at regular intervals and try to prevent it from becoming over brown.
- Bake the refrigerated casserole of stuffing along with turkey in the last 30 minutes of roasting.
- Allow the turkey to cool for about 15 to 20 minutes prior to carving.
- In the meantime, cook the turkey’s neck and giblets for the giblet gravy.
- Take 2 tablespoons of the pan drippings from roast turkey and add to the gravy preparation.
- Cut the turkey in slices throwing away the skin and then serve the turkey along with the dressing and gravy.
Roasted New Potatoes
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
1 1/2 pounds small new potatoes
1/2 teaspoon crumbled rosemary
- Heat the oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, mix the potatoes with the garlic, oil, and rosemary together.
- Next transfer this, to a roasting pan and roast it for about 45 minutes or till it is golden brown and cooked through.
- Your roasted new potatoes is ready!
Angels on Horseback
1/4 cup dry white wine
12 oysters in shells
3 slices lean bacon
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons minced parsley
12 drops hot red pepper sauce
Coarse rock salt or aluminum foil
- Buy the oysters the day you plan to cook; tell the fish seller to remove the shells leaving on half the shell and preserve the liquor.
- Cover the oysters and liquor and refrigerate.
- Preheat the oven. Next cover the broiling pan with the rock salt or a layer of crushed foil.
- Lit each slice of bacon in half diagonally, then lengthways.
- In a small bowl, mix the parsley with the garlic and put the oysters in their shells in the pan that is prepared.
- Put bacon on top of each oyster and add about half a teaspoon of the parsley mixture.
- At the top of each oyster put a little white wine, oyster liquor, and a few drops of red pepper sauce.
- Bake the oysters until it curls at the edges and the bacon become brown, serve immediately
Food traditions around the world
All of us know that Christmas food traditions around the world and varied and interesting. One of the chief reasons for this difference is the geography and the food habits that can be witnessed in various parts of the world. Among the many traditions flowed globally, the America Christmas food tradition is perhaps the most diverse. Christmas food recipes in America consist of meat, poultry and vegetables among several other things. In Europe, depending on which country you are in, you can witness some diverse Christmas food traditions. While the pudding is the most popular choice for dessert in England, the Russians prefer an assortment of cakes, meat dumplings and pies. Italians enjoy a huge five to seven course meal while people in the Scandinavian countries prefer shellfish, caviar and pork.
Food Gift Ideas
Christmas food can be an excellent choice of gift for a gourmet connoisseur. Here you must consider what food will be a good option so that it finds a place at the Christmas dinner. Customize the Christmas food gift with your own unique style as an intimate gesture for your loved one. You can make an assortment of various foods like nuts and fruits and put them in an attractive pattern in the basket and top it up with some Christmas crackers. Along with the food gift, send a cabernet sauvignon or any other drink to make it complete. With some creative Christmas food ideas, even simple foods can be given as gifts in an attractive way. Christmas food gift ideas can include an assortment of foods or a single food item depending on what type of theme or idea you have in mind for the gift.