Amazing & Wondrous Christmas Foods Around the World
Christmas is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start thinking about all of the delicious food you're going to be eating. Christmas food vary greatly from country to country.
Christmas is a time of year when many people come together to celebrate and enjoy each other's company. It's also a time for food! What do you reach for on Christmas day? Turkey, ham, roast beef? How about something different this year? You've got options. Christmas is around the world and around the table, with different traditions that are steeped in history and meaning. This blog post will teach you about some of the most popular Christmas dishes from around the world.
Panettone - Italy
Panettone is a sweet bread that is originally from Milan during the Roman empire. It’s a dessert usually eaten around Christmas and New year. This bread takes very long to make as it involves curing the dough, similar to sourdough bread. The proofing usually takes several days to give the cake an extremely fluffy texture. The bread contains orange and lemon zest as well as raisins. There are many variations including plain and chocolate. Fun fact: There is an event held every year for the best panettone of Italy.
In Russia Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January unlike here in the west where we celebrate it on the 25th. This is because Russia uses the Gregorian calendar as opposed to the Julian calendar used by many western churches. Pirozhk is a staple in Russian Christmas cuisine, they have a gold and crispy exterior but are soft on the inside. Priozhki are stuffed with a savoury filling usually with meat or vegetables if you're orthodox. Many orthodox Russians fast during Christmas eve and so have something light. Priozhki also come with sweet variations made from apples, berries, apricots and more.
Roast dinner - UK
A traditional Christmas dinner in the UK would consist of a roast turkey, Brussel sprouts, potatoes, stuffing, sausages, Yorkshire puddings, pigs in a blanket, parsnips and a whole lot of gravy. Mince pies (although sounds meaty) are sweet and made with fruit, and you can’t forget the Christmas pudding which is usually set on fire (literally, it’s flaming brandy). British Christmas dinners have a lot of traditions, usually involving one or more people. For example, wishing on a wishbone and cracking open Christmas crackers (one of my favourites).
Pierogi - Poland
A traditional central and eastern European dumpling. They are typically served in special occasions such as weddings, funerals and Christmas eve. Typical savoury fillings include potato, cheese, sauerkraut, mince meat, mushrooms and are topped with bacon bits or fried onion. Sweet fillings usually have fruit and are topped with sour cream mixed with sugar. The origin of the name Pierogi actually comes from an old east-Slavic for the word ‘feast’. The Pierogi has their own patron saint and even a festival and the food is celebrated on the day of St. Hyacinth.
Pozole rojo & Three Kings Cake - Mexico
In Mexico, Christmas is celebrated between December 12th to January 6th where January the 6th is the biggest event of Christmas also known as Día de los Tres Reyes Magos ‘Three kings day’. During Christmas or New Year families might have Pozole rojo which is a traditional soup or stew. It has meat (pork or chicken), shredded lettuce or cabbage, chilli peppers, radishes, avocado, salsa or limes. This dish can be eaten as a day to day meal though it’s known to be a festive dish. Roscón de Reyes, also known as three King's cake, is often eaten for dessert. It’s a tradition to hide a figure of baby Jesus in the cake and whoever finds it, they are said to be blessed and must take it to the church, or host a party the next day.
Fried Chicken & Cake - Japan
Christmas in Japan has been celebrated for the last few decades, it’s not seen as a religious holiday but more of a commercial one. Fried chicken is often served on Christmas and mainstream fast food chains such as KFC are at their busiest around this time of year. For dessert they often serve cake, unlike the western traditional cakes, the Japanese Christmas cake is not fruity, but is filled with whipped cream and strawberries. Sadly Christmas is not seen as a public holiday, so normally businesses will stay open as they treat it as a normal working day.