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In England, many people traditional give out Christmas hampers filled with goodies

The Daily Meal looks at some traditional Christmas gifts from around the world.

Czech Republic


Flickr/Fil.Al

In the Czech, don’t be surprised if you get an assortment of elaborate, homemade cookies from a neighbor or friend. If you’re lucky, you might even get some slivovitz, or plum brandy.

England

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We all love a good gift basket come Christmas, and the Brits know just the kind to put together. Christmas hampers are a common present given out in England, and some go so far as to say that a British Christmas hamper overshadows anything comparable in the States.

India


Flickr/Harsha K R

In Northern India especially, it is popular to give boxes of almonds, raisins, and other mixed nuts out as presents during both Christmas and Diwali, the latter of which is the more popular of the two holidays.

Mexico


Flickr/Nearsoft Inc

Though Christmas is a big celebration in Mexico, gifts are also given out for Three Kings Day on January 6. You’ll find that the most common gift is rosca de reyes, or a cake that is eaten as part of the celebrations.

Sweden

Flickr/Susanne Nilsson

In Sweden, box of chocolate are popularly given out as a Christmas gift to family and friends. How sweet!


29 Traditional Christmas Foods From Around The World

Ever wondered what people from other countries eat at Christmas dinner?

Here’s a list of 29 delicious Christmas meals from all over the world.


Argentina – Vitel Toné

This dish comes from the Italian immigrants in Argentina in the late 1800s/early 1900s and is a platter of sliced veal covered in a tuna sauce and capers. It is surprisingly light and the flavors all compliment one another.

Austria – Sachertorte

This chocolate sponge and apricot jam cake was invented by a 16-year-old in Vienna. Ingredients: eggs, all-purpose flour, almond flour or blanched almonds, salt, unsalted butter, sugar, bittersweet chocolate, apricot preserves, light corn syrup, rum, unsweetened whipped cream | Get the full recipe at foodandwine.com

Brazil – Ceia de Natal

This Brazilian Christmas turkey feast is unlike anything else, with a marinade made from champagne and spices. Ingredients: champagne, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, bay leaves, lime juice, scallions, parsley, salt, black pepper, bacon, peaches in light syrup, eggs, pitted prunes, seedless raisins, butter | Get the full recipe at maria-brazil.org

Canada – Chicken Bones Candy

A Canadian Christmas favorite, these candies are beloved by children and adults alike as they are basically cinnamon tootsie roll pops (with creamy milk chocolate in the center).

Denmark – Risalamande

This almond-cherry rice pudding is a holiday staple, and traditionally involves placing a small treat (such as a tiny toy or whole almond) into the mix and rewarding whoever finds it in their bowl. Ingredients: short grain rice, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, whipped cream, almonds, cherry sauce | Get the full recipe at savorychicks.com

England – Mince Pies

These delicate little pies are filled with a fruit-and-beef-suet concoction and are a signal that the holidays are fast approaching. Ingredients: mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, mixed peel), other dried fruit (apricots, glace cherries), apple, orange or clementine zest & juice, brandy or liqueur, sugar, suet | Get the full recipe at hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

Ethiopia – Doro Wat on Injera

This spicy meat stew is perfect on the spongy bliss that is injera. Ingredients: chicken legs, lemon juice, onions, berbere (Ethiopian spice mixture which includes chile pepper, garlic, ginger, dried basil, Ethiopian cardamom, black and white pepper, fenugreek and rue, a bitter shrub), garlic, ginger, eggs, salt, unsalted butter, bishop seed (also known as ajwain, similar to thyme), cardamom seeds, black cumin, koseret (dried woodsy flavored herb, dried oregano can be substituted), teff flour, barley flour wheat flour | Get the full recipe at cookingchanneltv.com

Finland – Porkkanalaatiko

This spiced carrot casserole is Finland’s answer to American Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. Ingredients: rice, milk, carrots, salt, dark brown sugar, eggs, butter, fine bread or cracker crumbs, nutmeg | Get the full recipe at alternativefinland.com

France – Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Scallops with herbs and cheese, served in little shells as an appetizer. Add that to the list of reasons to move to France.

Germany – Stollen Bread

The delicious version of fruit cake, made with rum, spices, and a sugary coating. Ingredients: candied fruit, raisins, dark rum or orange juice, active dry yeast, milk, honey, all-purpose flour, egg, unsalted butter, lemon zest, salt, ground mace, almonds, oil, ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar | Get the full recipe at foodnetwork.com

Greece – Avgolemono Chicken Soup

Avgolemono is served as a first course at a Christmas feast, and with its blend of chicken, lemon, egg, and rice is absolutely enticing. Ingredients: olive oil, onion, chicken stock, orzo or rice, chicken breast, salt, lemon juice, eggs, parsley | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Guatemala – Tamales Colorados, Negros / Chuchitos

An assortment of tamales is popular among Guatemalan Christmas and New Year and each kind must be eaten one at a time. Ingredients: turkey, white rice, white hominy, shortening or lard, saffron, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, roma tomatoes, red bell peppers, dried hot red chile, dried pasilla or ancho chiles, cinnamon, cloves, French bread, annato seeds, sugar, “Mexican style” chocolate, bottled whole pimientos, capers, olives, almonds, raisins, prunes | Get the full recipe at aharmonyofflavors.com

Hungary – Beigli

Hungarian poppy seed cake is sold everywhere during the Christmas season, but is so much better when you can make it at home. Ingredients: white flour, butter, lard, sugar, 20% fat sour cream, egg, fresh yeast, milk, salt, walnuts, poppy seeds, sugar, lemons, vanilla extract, honey, rum extract, cinnamon | Get the full recipe at budapest-moms.com

Iceland – Hangikjöt

Does anything really beat a smoked leg of lamb? Get the full recipe at icelandreport.blogspot.com

India – Kulkuls

India may have a very small Christian population, but that doesn’t mean the celebration is sparse in any way. Just look at these adorable coconut cookies! Ingredients: Bombay rava/semolina, all purpose flour/maida, wheat flour, sugar, egg, ghee, vanilla essence, salt, oil | Get the full recipe at gharkhana.blogspot.com

Ireland – Spiced Beef

Spiced beef is an Irish holiday favorite and involves a flavorful fruit and spice rub.

Italy – Feast of Seven Fishes

Calamari, linguini with clams, shrimp scampi — everything about this dinner commemorating the wait for the birth of Jesus is absolute perfection. The menu: Baccala Salad, Pasta con le Sarde, Calamari with Potatoes and Peas, Stuffed Calamari, Sauteed Sole with Olives, Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Shrimp Scampi | Get the recipes at saveur.com

Japan – Fried Chicken (specifically KFC-brand) and Kurisumasu Keiki

KFC had a very successful Christmas ad campaign in the ’70s and ever since, its fried chicken is a must-have for Japanese Christmas. That, and Kurisumasu Keiki, which is a strawberry sponge cake. Basically, Japan wins Christmas.

Madagascar – Akoho Sy Voania

Chicken-coconut stew over rice is the perfect winter comfort food. Ingredients: chicken, coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger root, coconut oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, cayenne pepper | Get the full recipe at bearskitchen.com

Malta – Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Heaven exists, and it can be found in this cocoa-chestnut soup. Ingredients: dried chestnuts, cocoa, sugar, tangerine peel | Get the full recipe at vassallohistory.wordpress.com

Mexico – Chiles En Nogada

This festive dish is comprised of meat-stuffed, fire-roasted poblano peppers covered in a creamy walnut sauce and a pomegranate seed garnish. Ingredients: poblano chiles, vegetable oil, ground pork, yellow onion, garlic, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, allspice, vine-ripened tomato, green apple, raisins, dried apricots, pecans, salt, black pepper, walnuts, low fat sour cream, fat free cream cheese, milk, pomegranate, cilantro leaves | Get the full recipe at squirrelbread.wordpress.com

Philippines – Bibingka

This rice-coconut-cheese cake is insanely moist. Ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, rice flour, baking powder, coconut milk or evaporated milk, coconut flakes, cheddar cheese | Get the full recipe at sloblogs.thetribunenews.com

Poland – Bigos

“Hunter’s stew” is a delightful and rich blend of various meats, mushrooms, and cabbage, making it the hearty meal everyone craves on Christmas. Ingredients: dried porcini or other wild mushrooms, bacon fat or vegetable oil, pork shoulder, onion, cabbage, mixed fresh mushrooms, kielbasa or other smoked sausage, smoked ham hock, Polish sausage, fresh sauerkraut, pilsner or lager beer, juniper berries, black peppercorns, caraway seeds, dried marjoram, salt, prunes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, mustard or horseradish | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Portugal – Lampreia de Ovos

This sweet egg cake is a Portuguese luxury and is baked in the shape of a sea lamprey.

Romania – Ciorba De Perisoare

Basically a ton of meatballs in a sour vegetable broth. What’s not to love?

Russia – Zakuski

These fishy appetizers feature many sour and salty flavors, making them excellent with shots of vodka. Ingredients: butter, mushrooms, cayenne pepper, scallions, salt, pepper, lemon, sour cream, fresh dill, smoked fish, unsalted butter, eggs, creamed horseradish, feta cheese, garlic, black olives in olive oil, cooked kidney beans, olive oil, plums, prunes, dark brown sugar, red wine vinegar, fresh cilantro and mint | Get the full recipe at splendidtable.org

Spain – Pavo Trufado de Navidad

Turkey stuffed with truffles yessssssss.

Sweden – Janssons Frestelse

Finely cut shoestring potatoes and anchovies make up this tasty casserole.

Venezuela – Hallacas

These little packages of goodness are stuffed with a mixture of capers, raisins, peppers, and various meats and wrapped in maize and plantain leaves.


29 Traditional Christmas Foods From Around The World

Ever wondered what people from other countries eat at Christmas dinner?

Here’s a list of 29 delicious Christmas meals from all over the world.


Argentina – Vitel Toné

This dish comes from the Italian immigrants in Argentina in the late 1800s/early 1900s and is a platter of sliced veal covered in a tuna sauce and capers. It is surprisingly light and the flavors all compliment one another.

Austria – Sachertorte

This chocolate sponge and apricot jam cake was invented by a 16-year-old in Vienna. Ingredients: eggs, all-purpose flour, almond flour or blanched almonds, salt, unsalted butter, sugar, bittersweet chocolate, apricot preserves, light corn syrup, rum, unsweetened whipped cream | Get the full recipe at foodandwine.com

Brazil – Ceia de Natal

This Brazilian Christmas turkey feast is unlike anything else, with a marinade made from champagne and spices. Ingredients: champagne, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, bay leaves, lime juice, scallions, parsley, salt, black pepper, bacon, peaches in light syrup, eggs, pitted prunes, seedless raisins, butter | Get the full recipe at maria-brazil.org

Canada – Chicken Bones Candy

A Canadian Christmas favorite, these candies are beloved by children and adults alike as they are basically cinnamon tootsie roll pops (with creamy milk chocolate in the center).

Denmark – Risalamande

This almond-cherry rice pudding is a holiday staple, and traditionally involves placing a small treat (such as a tiny toy or whole almond) into the mix and rewarding whoever finds it in their bowl. Ingredients: short grain rice, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, whipped cream, almonds, cherry sauce | Get the full recipe at savorychicks.com

England – Mince Pies

These delicate little pies are filled with a fruit-and-beef-suet concoction and are a signal that the holidays are fast approaching. Ingredients: mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, mixed peel), other dried fruit (apricots, glace cherries), apple, orange or clementine zest & juice, brandy or liqueur, sugar, suet | Get the full recipe at hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

Ethiopia – Doro Wat on Injera

This spicy meat stew is perfect on the spongy bliss that is injera. Ingredients: chicken legs, lemon juice, onions, berbere (Ethiopian spice mixture which includes chile pepper, garlic, ginger, dried basil, Ethiopian cardamom, black and white pepper, fenugreek and rue, a bitter shrub), garlic, ginger, eggs, salt, unsalted butter, bishop seed (also known as ajwain, similar to thyme), cardamom seeds, black cumin, koseret (dried woodsy flavored herb, dried oregano can be substituted), teff flour, barley flour wheat flour | Get the full recipe at cookingchanneltv.com

Finland – Porkkanalaatiko

This spiced carrot casserole is Finland’s answer to American Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. Ingredients: rice, milk, carrots, salt, dark brown sugar, eggs, butter, fine bread or cracker crumbs, nutmeg | Get the full recipe at alternativefinland.com

France – Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Scallops with herbs and cheese, served in little shells as an appetizer. Add that to the list of reasons to move to France.

Germany – Stollen Bread

The delicious version of fruit cake, made with rum, spices, and a sugary coating. Ingredients: candied fruit, raisins, dark rum or orange juice, active dry yeast, milk, honey, all-purpose flour, egg, unsalted butter, lemon zest, salt, ground mace, almonds, oil, ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar | Get the full recipe at foodnetwork.com

Greece – Avgolemono Chicken Soup

Avgolemono is served as a first course at a Christmas feast, and with its blend of chicken, lemon, egg, and rice is absolutely enticing. Ingredients: olive oil, onion, chicken stock, orzo or rice, chicken breast, salt, lemon juice, eggs, parsley | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Guatemala – Tamales Colorados, Negros / Chuchitos

An assortment of tamales is popular among Guatemalan Christmas and New Year and each kind must be eaten one at a time. Ingredients: turkey, white rice, white hominy, shortening or lard, saffron, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, roma tomatoes, red bell peppers, dried hot red chile, dried pasilla or ancho chiles, cinnamon, cloves, French bread, annato seeds, sugar, “Mexican style” chocolate, bottled whole pimientos, capers, olives, almonds, raisins, prunes | Get the full recipe at aharmonyofflavors.com

Hungary – Beigli

Hungarian poppy seed cake is sold everywhere during the Christmas season, but is so much better when you can make it at home. Ingredients: white flour, butter, lard, sugar, 20% fat sour cream, egg, fresh yeast, milk, salt, walnuts, poppy seeds, sugar, lemons, vanilla extract, honey, rum extract, cinnamon | Get the full recipe at budapest-moms.com

Iceland – Hangikjöt

Does anything really beat a smoked leg of lamb? Get the full recipe at icelandreport.blogspot.com

India – Kulkuls

India may have a very small Christian population, but that doesn’t mean the celebration is sparse in any way. Just look at these adorable coconut cookies! Ingredients: Bombay rava/semolina, all purpose flour/maida, wheat flour, sugar, egg, ghee, vanilla essence, salt, oil | Get the full recipe at gharkhana.blogspot.com

Ireland – Spiced Beef

Spiced beef is an Irish holiday favorite and involves a flavorful fruit and spice rub.

Italy – Feast of Seven Fishes

Calamari, linguini with clams, shrimp scampi — everything about this dinner commemorating the wait for the birth of Jesus is absolute perfection. The menu: Baccala Salad, Pasta con le Sarde, Calamari with Potatoes and Peas, Stuffed Calamari, Sauteed Sole with Olives, Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Shrimp Scampi | Get the recipes at saveur.com

Japan – Fried Chicken (specifically KFC-brand) and Kurisumasu Keiki

KFC had a very successful Christmas ad campaign in the ’70s and ever since, its fried chicken is a must-have for Japanese Christmas. That, and Kurisumasu Keiki, which is a strawberry sponge cake. Basically, Japan wins Christmas.

Madagascar – Akoho Sy Voania

Chicken-coconut stew over rice is the perfect winter comfort food. Ingredients: chicken, coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger root, coconut oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, cayenne pepper | Get the full recipe at bearskitchen.com

Malta – Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Heaven exists, and it can be found in this cocoa-chestnut soup. Ingredients: dried chestnuts, cocoa, sugar, tangerine peel | Get the full recipe at vassallohistory.wordpress.com

Mexico – Chiles En Nogada

This festive dish is comprised of meat-stuffed, fire-roasted poblano peppers covered in a creamy walnut sauce and a pomegranate seed garnish. Ingredients: poblano chiles, vegetable oil, ground pork, yellow onion, garlic, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, allspice, vine-ripened tomato, green apple, raisins, dried apricots, pecans, salt, black pepper, walnuts, low fat sour cream, fat free cream cheese, milk, pomegranate, cilantro leaves | Get the full recipe at squirrelbread.wordpress.com

Philippines – Bibingka

This rice-coconut-cheese cake is insanely moist. Ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, rice flour, baking powder, coconut milk or evaporated milk, coconut flakes, cheddar cheese | Get the full recipe at sloblogs.thetribunenews.com

Poland – Bigos

“Hunter’s stew” is a delightful and rich blend of various meats, mushrooms, and cabbage, making it the hearty meal everyone craves on Christmas. Ingredients: dried porcini or other wild mushrooms, bacon fat or vegetable oil, pork shoulder, onion, cabbage, mixed fresh mushrooms, kielbasa or other smoked sausage, smoked ham hock, Polish sausage, fresh sauerkraut, pilsner or lager beer, juniper berries, black peppercorns, caraway seeds, dried marjoram, salt, prunes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, mustard or horseradish | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Portugal – Lampreia de Ovos

This sweet egg cake is a Portuguese luxury and is baked in the shape of a sea lamprey.

Romania – Ciorba De Perisoare

Basically a ton of meatballs in a sour vegetable broth. What’s not to love?

Russia – Zakuski

These fishy appetizers feature many sour and salty flavors, making them excellent with shots of vodka. Ingredients: butter, mushrooms, cayenne pepper, scallions, salt, pepper, lemon, sour cream, fresh dill, smoked fish, unsalted butter, eggs, creamed horseradish, feta cheese, garlic, black olives in olive oil, cooked kidney beans, olive oil, plums, prunes, dark brown sugar, red wine vinegar, fresh cilantro and mint | Get the full recipe at splendidtable.org

Spain – Pavo Trufado de Navidad

Turkey stuffed with truffles yessssssss.

Sweden – Janssons Frestelse

Finely cut shoestring potatoes and anchovies make up this tasty casserole.

Venezuela – Hallacas

These little packages of goodness are stuffed with a mixture of capers, raisins, peppers, and various meats and wrapped in maize and plantain leaves.


29 Traditional Christmas Foods From Around The World

Ever wondered what people from other countries eat at Christmas dinner?

Here’s a list of 29 delicious Christmas meals from all over the world.


Argentina – Vitel Toné

This dish comes from the Italian immigrants in Argentina in the late 1800s/early 1900s and is a platter of sliced veal covered in a tuna sauce and capers. It is surprisingly light and the flavors all compliment one another.

Austria – Sachertorte

This chocolate sponge and apricot jam cake was invented by a 16-year-old in Vienna. Ingredients: eggs, all-purpose flour, almond flour or blanched almonds, salt, unsalted butter, sugar, bittersweet chocolate, apricot preserves, light corn syrup, rum, unsweetened whipped cream | Get the full recipe at foodandwine.com

Brazil – Ceia de Natal

This Brazilian Christmas turkey feast is unlike anything else, with a marinade made from champagne and spices. Ingredients: champagne, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, bay leaves, lime juice, scallions, parsley, salt, black pepper, bacon, peaches in light syrup, eggs, pitted prunes, seedless raisins, butter | Get the full recipe at maria-brazil.org

Canada – Chicken Bones Candy

A Canadian Christmas favorite, these candies are beloved by children and adults alike as they are basically cinnamon tootsie roll pops (with creamy milk chocolate in the center).

Denmark – Risalamande

This almond-cherry rice pudding is a holiday staple, and traditionally involves placing a small treat (such as a tiny toy or whole almond) into the mix and rewarding whoever finds it in their bowl. Ingredients: short grain rice, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, whipped cream, almonds, cherry sauce | Get the full recipe at savorychicks.com

England – Mince Pies

These delicate little pies are filled with a fruit-and-beef-suet concoction and are a signal that the holidays are fast approaching. Ingredients: mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, mixed peel), other dried fruit (apricots, glace cherries), apple, orange or clementine zest & juice, brandy or liqueur, sugar, suet | Get the full recipe at hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

Ethiopia – Doro Wat on Injera

This spicy meat stew is perfect on the spongy bliss that is injera. Ingredients: chicken legs, lemon juice, onions, berbere (Ethiopian spice mixture which includes chile pepper, garlic, ginger, dried basil, Ethiopian cardamom, black and white pepper, fenugreek and rue, a bitter shrub), garlic, ginger, eggs, salt, unsalted butter, bishop seed (also known as ajwain, similar to thyme), cardamom seeds, black cumin, koseret (dried woodsy flavored herb, dried oregano can be substituted), teff flour, barley flour wheat flour | Get the full recipe at cookingchanneltv.com

Finland – Porkkanalaatiko

This spiced carrot casserole is Finland’s answer to American Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. Ingredients: rice, milk, carrots, salt, dark brown sugar, eggs, butter, fine bread or cracker crumbs, nutmeg | Get the full recipe at alternativefinland.com

France – Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Scallops with herbs and cheese, served in little shells as an appetizer. Add that to the list of reasons to move to France.

Germany – Stollen Bread

The delicious version of fruit cake, made with rum, spices, and a sugary coating. Ingredients: candied fruit, raisins, dark rum or orange juice, active dry yeast, milk, honey, all-purpose flour, egg, unsalted butter, lemon zest, salt, ground mace, almonds, oil, ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar | Get the full recipe at foodnetwork.com

Greece – Avgolemono Chicken Soup

Avgolemono is served as a first course at a Christmas feast, and with its blend of chicken, lemon, egg, and rice is absolutely enticing. Ingredients: olive oil, onion, chicken stock, orzo or rice, chicken breast, salt, lemon juice, eggs, parsley | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Guatemala – Tamales Colorados, Negros / Chuchitos

An assortment of tamales is popular among Guatemalan Christmas and New Year and each kind must be eaten one at a time. Ingredients: turkey, white rice, white hominy, shortening or lard, saffron, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, roma tomatoes, red bell peppers, dried hot red chile, dried pasilla or ancho chiles, cinnamon, cloves, French bread, annato seeds, sugar, “Mexican style” chocolate, bottled whole pimientos, capers, olives, almonds, raisins, prunes | Get the full recipe at aharmonyofflavors.com

Hungary – Beigli

Hungarian poppy seed cake is sold everywhere during the Christmas season, but is so much better when you can make it at home. Ingredients: white flour, butter, lard, sugar, 20% fat sour cream, egg, fresh yeast, milk, salt, walnuts, poppy seeds, sugar, lemons, vanilla extract, honey, rum extract, cinnamon | Get the full recipe at budapest-moms.com

Iceland – Hangikjöt

Does anything really beat a smoked leg of lamb? Get the full recipe at icelandreport.blogspot.com

India – Kulkuls

India may have a very small Christian population, but that doesn’t mean the celebration is sparse in any way. Just look at these adorable coconut cookies! Ingredients: Bombay rava/semolina, all purpose flour/maida, wheat flour, sugar, egg, ghee, vanilla essence, salt, oil | Get the full recipe at gharkhana.blogspot.com

Ireland – Spiced Beef

Spiced beef is an Irish holiday favorite and involves a flavorful fruit and spice rub.

Italy – Feast of Seven Fishes

Calamari, linguini with clams, shrimp scampi — everything about this dinner commemorating the wait for the birth of Jesus is absolute perfection. The menu: Baccala Salad, Pasta con le Sarde, Calamari with Potatoes and Peas, Stuffed Calamari, Sauteed Sole with Olives, Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Shrimp Scampi | Get the recipes at saveur.com

Japan – Fried Chicken (specifically KFC-brand) and Kurisumasu Keiki

KFC had a very successful Christmas ad campaign in the ’70s and ever since, its fried chicken is a must-have for Japanese Christmas. That, and Kurisumasu Keiki, which is a strawberry sponge cake. Basically, Japan wins Christmas.

Madagascar – Akoho Sy Voania

Chicken-coconut stew over rice is the perfect winter comfort food. Ingredients: chicken, coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger root, coconut oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, cayenne pepper | Get the full recipe at bearskitchen.com

Malta – Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Heaven exists, and it can be found in this cocoa-chestnut soup. Ingredients: dried chestnuts, cocoa, sugar, tangerine peel | Get the full recipe at vassallohistory.wordpress.com

Mexico – Chiles En Nogada

This festive dish is comprised of meat-stuffed, fire-roasted poblano peppers covered in a creamy walnut sauce and a pomegranate seed garnish. Ingredients: poblano chiles, vegetable oil, ground pork, yellow onion, garlic, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, allspice, vine-ripened tomato, green apple, raisins, dried apricots, pecans, salt, black pepper, walnuts, low fat sour cream, fat free cream cheese, milk, pomegranate, cilantro leaves | Get the full recipe at squirrelbread.wordpress.com

Philippines – Bibingka

This rice-coconut-cheese cake is insanely moist. Ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, rice flour, baking powder, coconut milk or evaporated milk, coconut flakes, cheddar cheese | Get the full recipe at sloblogs.thetribunenews.com

Poland – Bigos

“Hunter’s stew” is a delightful and rich blend of various meats, mushrooms, and cabbage, making it the hearty meal everyone craves on Christmas. Ingredients: dried porcini or other wild mushrooms, bacon fat or vegetable oil, pork shoulder, onion, cabbage, mixed fresh mushrooms, kielbasa or other smoked sausage, smoked ham hock, Polish sausage, fresh sauerkraut, pilsner or lager beer, juniper berries, black peppercorns, caraway seeds, dried marjoram, salt, prunes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, mustard or horseradish | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Portugal – Lampreia de Ovos

This sweet egg cake is a Portuguese luxury and is baked in the shape of a sea lamprey.

Romania – Ciorba De Perisoare

Basically a ton of meatballs in a sour vegetable broth. What’s not to love?

Russia – Zakuski

These fishy appetizers feature many sour and salty flavors, making them excellent with shots of vodka. Ingredients: butter, mushrooms, cayenne pepper, scallions, salt, pepper, lemon, sour cream, fresh dill, smoked fish, unsalted butter, eggs, creamed horseradish, feta cheese, garlic, black olives in olive oil, cooked kidney beans, olive oil, plums, prunes, dark brown sugar, red wine vinegar, fresh cilantro and mint | Get the full recipe at splendidtable.org

Spain – Pavo Trufado de Navidad

Turkey stuffed with truffles yessssssss.

Sweden – Janssons Frestelse

Finely cut shoestring potatoes and anchovies make up this tasty casserole.

Venezuela – Hallacas

These little packages of goodness are stuffed with a mixture of capers, raisins, peppers, and various meats and wrapped in maize and plantain leaves.


29 Traditional Christmas Foods From Around The World

Ever wondered what people from other countries eat at Christmas dinner?

Here’s a list of 29 delicious Christmas meals from all over the world.


Argentina – Vitel Toné

This dish comes from the Italian immigrants in Argentina in the late 1800s/early 1900s and is a platter of sliced veal covered in a tuna sauce and capers. It is surprisingly light and the flavors all compliment one another.

Austria – Sachertorte

This chocolate sponge and apricot jam cake was invented by a 16-year-old in Vienna. Ingredients: eggs, all-purpose flour, almond flour or blanched almonds, salt, unsalted butter, sugar, bittersweet chocolate, apricot preserves, light corn syrup, rum, unsweetened whipped cream | Get the full recipe at foodandwine.com

Brazil – Ceia de Natal

This Brazilian Christmas turkey feast is unlike anything else, with a marinade made from champagne and spices. Ingredients: champagne, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, bay leaves, lime juice, scallions, parsley, salt, black pepper, bacon, peaches in light syrup, eggs, pitted prunes, seedless raisins, butter | Get the full recipe at maria-brazil.org

Canada – Chicken Bones Candy

A Canadian Christmas favorite, these candies are beloved by children and adults alike as they are basically cinnamon tootsie roll pops (with creamy milk chocolate in the center).

Denmark – Risalamande

This almond-cherry rice pudding is a holiday staple, and traditionally involves placing a small treat (such as a tiny toy or whole almond) into the mix and rewarding whoever finds it in their bowl. Ingredients: short grain rice, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, whipped cream, almonds, cherry sauce | Get the full recipe at savorychicks.com

England – Mince Pies

These delicate little pies are filled with a fruit-and-beef-suet concoction and are a signal that the holidays are fast approaching. Ingredients: mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, mixed peel), other dried fruit (apricots, glace cherries), apple, orange or clementine zest & juice, brandy or liqueur, sugar, suet | Get the full recipe at hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

Ethiopia – Doro Wat on Injera

This spicy meat stew is perfect on the spongy bliss that is injera. Ingredients: chicken legs, lemon juice, onions, berbere (Ethiopian spice mixture which includes chile pepper, garlic, ginger, dried basil, Ethiopian cardamom, black and white pepper, fenugreek and rue, a bitter shrub), garlic, ginger, eggs, salt, unsalted butter, bishop seed (also known as ajwain, similar to thyme), cardamom seeds, black cumin, koseret (dried woodsy flavored herb, dried oregano can be substituted), teff flour, barley flour wheat flour | Get the full recipe at cookingchanneltv.com

Finland – Porkkanalaatiko

This spiced carrot casserole is Finland’s answer to American Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. Ingredients: rice, milk, carrots, salt, dark brown sugar, eggs, butter, fine bread or cracker crumbs, nutmeg | Get the full recipe at alternativefinland.com

France – Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Scallops with herbs and cheese, served in little shells as an appetizer. Add that to the list of reasons to move to France.

Germany – Stollen Bread

The delicious version of fruit cake, made with rum, spices, and a sugary coating. Ingredients: candied fruit, raisins, dark rum or orange juice, active dry yeast, milk, honey, all-purpose flour, egg, unsalted butter, lemon zest, salt, ground mace, almonds, oil, ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar | Get the full recipe at foodnetwork.com

Greece – Avgolemono Chicken Soup

Avgolemono is served as a first course at a Christmas feast, and with its blend of chicken, lemon, egg, and rice is absolutely enticing. Ingredients: olive oil, onion, chicken stock, orzo or rice, chicken breast, salt, lemon juice, eggs, parsley | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Guatemala – Tamales Colorados, Negros / Chuchitos

An assortment of tamales is popular among Guatemalan Christmas and New Year and each kind must be eaten one at a time. Ingredients: turkey, white rice, white hominy, shortening or lard, saffron, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, roma tomatoes, red bell peppers, dried hot red chile, dried pasilla or ancho chiles, cinnamon, cloves, French bread, annato seeds, sugar, “Mexican style” chocolate, bottled whole pimientos, capers, olives, almonds, raisins, prunes | Get the full recipe at aharmonyofflavors.com

Hungary – Beigli

Hungarian poppy seed cake is sold everywhere during the Christmas season, but is so much better when you can make it at home. Ingredients: white flour, butter, lard, sugar, 20% fat sour cream, egg, fresh yeast, milk, salt, walnuts, poppy seeds, sugar, lemons, vanilla extract, honey, rum extract, cinnamon | Get the full recipe at budapest-moms.com

Iceland – Hangikjöt

Does anything really beat a smoked leg of lamb? Get the full recipe at icelandreport.blogspot.com

India – Kulkuls

India may have a very small Christian population, but that doesn’t mean the celebration is sparse in any way. Just look at these adorable coconut cookies! Ingredients: Bombay rava/semolina, all purpose flour/maida, wheat flour, sugar, egg, ghee, vanilla essence, salt, oil | Get the full recipe at gharkhana.blogspot.com

Ireland – Spiced Beef

Spiced beef is an Irish holiday favorite and involves a flavorful fruit and spice rub.

Italy – Feast of Seven Fishes

Calamari, linguini with clams, shrimp scampi — everything about this dinner commemorating the wait for the birth of Jesus is absolute perfection. The menu: Baccala Salad, Pasta con le Sarde, Calamari with Potatoes and Peas, Stuffed Calamari, Sauteed Sole with Olives, Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Shrimp Scampi | Get the recipes at saveur.com

Japan – Fried Chicken (specifically KFC-brand) and Kurisumasu Keiki

KFC had a very successful Christmas ad campaign in the ’70s and ever since, its fried chicken is a must-have for Japanese Christmas. That, and Kurisumasu Keiki, which is a strawberry sponge cake. Basically, Japan wins Christmas.

Madagascar – Akoho Sy Voania

Chicken-coconut stew over rice is the perfect winter comfort food. Ingredients: chicken, coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger root, coconut oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, cayenne pepper | Get the full recipe at bearskitchen.com

Malta – Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Heaven exists, and it can be found in this cocoa-chestnut soup. Ingredients: dried chestnuts, cocoa, sugar, tangerine peel | Get the full recipe at vassallohistory.wordpress.com

Mexico – Chiles En Nogada

This festive dish is comprised of meat-stuffed, fire-roasted poblano peppers covered in a creamy walnut sauce and a pomegranate seed garnish. Ingredients: poblano chiles, vegetable oil, ground pork, yellow onion, garlic, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, allspice, vine-ripened tomato, green apple, raisins, dried apricots, pecans, salt, black pepper, walnuts, low fat sour cream, fat free cream cheese, milk, pomegranate, cilantro leaves | Get the full recipe at squirrelbread.wordpress.com

Philippines – Bibingka

This rice-coconut-cheese cake is insanely moist. Ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, rice flour, baking powder, coconut milk or evaporated milk, coconut flakes, cheddar cheese | Get the full recipe at sloblogs.thetribunenews.com

Poland – Bigos

“Hunter’s stew” is a delightful and rich blend of various meats, mushrooms, and cabbage, making it the hearty meal everyone craves on Christmas. Ingredients: dried porcini or other wild mushrooms, bacon fat or vegetable oil, pork shoulder, onion, cabbage, mixed fresh mushrooms, kielbasa or other smoked sausage, smoked ham hock, Polish sausage, fresh sauerkraut, pilsner or lager beer, juniper berries, black peppercorns, caraway seeds, dried marjoram, salt, prunes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, mustard or horseradish | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Portugal – Lampreia de Ovos

This sweet egg cake is a Portuguese luxury and is baked in the shape of a sea lamprey.

Romania – Ciorba De Perisoare

Basically a ton of meatballs in a sour vegetable broth. What’s not to love?

Russia – Zakuski

These fishy appetizers feature many sour and salty flavors, making them excellent with shots of vodka. Ingredients: butter, mushrooms, cayenne pepper, scallions, salt, pepper, lemon, sour cream, fresh dill, smoked fish, unsalted butter, eggs, creamed horseradish, feta cheese, garlic, black olives in olive oil, cooked kidney beans, olive oil, plums, prunes, dark brown sugar, red wine vinegar, fresh cilantro and mint | Get the full recipe at splendidtable.org

Spain – Pavo Trufado de Navidad

Turkey stuffed with truffles yessssssss.

Sweden – Janssons Frestelse

Finely cut shoestring potatoes and anchovies make up this tasty casserole.

Venezuela – Hallacas

These little packages of goodness are stuffed with a mixture of capers, raisins, peppers, and various meats and wrapped in maize and plantain leaves.


29 Traditional Christmas Foods From Around The World

Ever wondered what people from other countries eat at Christmas dinner?

Here’s a list of 29 delicious Christmas meals from all over the world.


Argentina – Vitel Toné

This dish comes from the Italian immigrants in Argentina in the late 1800s/early 1900s and is a platter of sliced veal covered in a tuna sauce and capers. It is surprisingly light and the flavors all compliment one another.

Austria – Sachertorte

This chocolate sponge and apricot jam cake was invented by a 16-year-old in Vienna. Ingredients: eggs, all-purpose flour, almond flour or blanched almonds, salt, unsalted butter, sugar, bittersweet chocolate, apricot preserves, light corn syrup, rum, unsweetened whipped cream | Get the full recipe at foodandwine.com

Brazil – Ceia de Natal

This Brazilian Christmas turkey feast is unlike anything else, with a marinade made from champagne and spices. Ingredients: champagne, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, bay leaves, lime juice, scallions, parsley, salt, black pepper, bacon, peaches in light syrup, eggs, pitted prunes, seedless raisins, butter | Get the full recipe at maria-brazil.org

Canada – Chicken Bones Candy

A Canadian Christmas favorite, these candies are beloved by children and adults alike as they are basically cinnamon tootsie roll pops (with creamy milk chocolate in the center).

Denmark – Risalamande

This almond-cherry rice pudding is a holiday staple, and traditionally involves placing a small treat (such as a tiny toy or whole almond) into the mix and rewarding whoever finds it in their bowl. Ingredients: short grain rice, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, whipped cream, almonds, cherry sauce | Get the full recipe at savorychicks.com

England – Mince Pies

These delicate little pies are filled with a fruit-and-beef-suet concoction and are a signal that the holidays are fast approaching. Ingredients: mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, mixed peel), other dried fruit (apricots, glace cherries), apple, orange or clementine zest & juice, brandy or liqueur, sugar, suet | Get the full recipe at hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

Ethiopia – Doro Wat on Injera

This spicy meat stew is perfect on the spongy bliss that is injera. Ingredients: chicken legs, lemon juice, onions, berbere (Ethiopian spice mixture which includes chile pepper, garlic, ginger, dried basil, Ethiopian cardamom, black and white pepper, fenugreek and rue, a bitter shrub), garlic, ginger, eggs, salt, unsalted butter, bishop seed (also known as ajwain, similar to thyme), cardamom seeds, black cumin, koseret (dried woodsy flavored herb, dried oregano can be substituted), teff flour, barley flour wheat flour | Get the full recipe at cookingchanneltv.com

Finland – Porkkanalaatiko

This spiced carrot casserole is Finland’s answer to American Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. Ingredients: rice, milk, carrots, salt, dark brown sugar, eggs, butter, fine bread or cracker crumbs, nutmeg | Get the full recipe at alternativefinland.com

France – Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Scallops with herbs and cheese, served in little shells as an appetizer. Add that to the list of reasons to move to France.

Germany – Stollen Bread

The delicious version of fruit cake, made with rum, spices, and a sugary coating. Ingredients: candied fruit, raisins, dark rum or orange juice, active dry yeast, milk, honey, all-purpose flour, egg, unsalted butter, lemon zest, salt, ground mace, almonds, oil, ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar | Get the full recipe at foodnetwork.com

Greece – Avgolemono Chicken Soup

Avgolemono is served as a first course at a Christmas feast, and with its blend of chicken, lemon, egg, and rice is absolutely enticing. Ingredients: olive oil, onion, chicken stock, orzo or rice, chicken breast, salt, lemon juice, eggs, parsley | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Guatemala – Tamales Colorados, Negros / Chuchitos

An assortment of tamales is popular among Guatemalan Christmas and New Year and each kind must be eaten one at a time. Ingredients: turkey, white rice, white hominy, shortening or lard, saffron, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, roma tomatoes, red bell peppers, dried hot red chile, dried pasilla or ancho chiles, cinnamon, cloves, French bread, annato seeds, sugar, “Mexican style” chocolate, bottled whole pimientos, capers, olives, almonds, raisins, prunes | Get the full recipe at aharmonyofflavors.com

Hungary – Beigli

Hungarian poppy seed cake is sold everywhere during the Christmas season, but is so much better when you can make it at home. Ingredients: white flour, butter, lard, sugar, 20% fat sour cream, egg, fresh yeast, milk, salt, walnuts, poppy seeds, sugar, lemons, vanilla extract, honey, rum extract, cinnamon | Get the full recipe at budapest-moms.com

Iceland – Hangikjöt

Does anything really beat a smoked leg of lamb? Get the full recipe at icelandreport.blogspot.com

India – Kulkuls

India may have a very small Christian population, but that doesn’t mean the celebration is sparse in any way. Just look at these adorable coconut cookies! Ingredients: Bombay rava/semolina, all purpose flour/maida, wheat flour, sugar, egg, ghee, vanilla essence, salt, oil | Get the full recipe at gharkhana.blogspot.com

Ireland – Spiced Beef

Spiced beef is an Irish holiday favorite and involves a flavorful fruit and spice rub.

Italy – Feast of Seven Fishes

Calamari, linguini with clams, shrimp scampi — everything about this dinner commemorating the wait for the birth of Jesus is absolute perfection. The menu: Baccala Salad, Pasta con le Sarde, Calamari with Potatoes and Peas, Stuffed Calamari, Sauteed Sole with Olives, Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Shrimp Scampi | Get the recipes at saveur.com

Japan – Fried Chicken (specifically KFC-brand) and Kurisumasu Keiki

KFC had a very successful Christmas ad campaign in the ’70s and ever since, its fried chicken is a must-have for Japanese Christmas. That, and Kurisumasu Keiki, which is a strawberry sponge cake. Basically, Japan wins Christmas.

Madagascar – Akoho Sy Voania

Chicken-coconut stew over rice is the perfect winter comfort food. Ingredients: chicken, coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger root, coconut oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, cayenne pepper | Get the full recipe at bearskitchen.com

Malta – Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Heaven exists, and it can be found in this cocoa-chestnut soup. Ingredients: dried chestnuts, cocoa, sugar, tangerine peel | Get the full recipe at vassallohistory.wordpress.com

Mexico – Chiles En Nogada

This festive dish is comprised of meat-stuffed, fire-roasted poblano peppers covered in a creamy walnut sauce and a pomegranate seed garnish. Ingredients: poblano chiles, vegetable oil, ground pork, yellow onion, garlic, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, allspice, vine-ripened tomato, green apple, raisins, dried apricots, pecans, salt, black pepper, walnuts, low fat sour cream, fat free cream cheese, milk, pomegranate, cilantro leaves | Get the full recipe at squirrelbread.wordpress.com

Philippines – Bibingka

This rice-coconut-cheese cake is insanely moist. Ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, rice flour, baking powder, coconut milk or evaporated milk, coconut flakes, cheddar cheese | Get the full recipe at sloblogs.thetribunenews.com

Poland – Bigos

“Hunter’s stew” is a delightful and rich blend of various meats, mushrooms, and cabbage, making it the hearty meal everyone craves on Christmas. Ingredients: dried porcini or other wild mushrooms, bacon fat or vegetable oil, pork shoulder, onion, cabbage, mixed fresh mushrooms, kielbasa or other smoked sausage, smoked ham hock, Polish sausage, fresh sauerkraut, pilsner or lager beer, juniper berries, black peppercorns, caraway seeds, dried marjoram, salt, prunes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, mustard or horseradish | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Portugal – Lampreia de Ovos

This sweet egg cake is a Portuguese luxury and is baked in the shape of a sea lamprey.

Romania – Ciorba De Perisoare

Basically a ton of meatballs in a sour vegetable broth. What’s not to love?

Russia – Zakuski

These fishy appetizers feature many sour and salty flavors, making them excellent with shots of vodka. Ingredients: butter, mushrooms, cayenne pepper, scallions, salt, pepper, lemon, sour cream, fresh dill, smoked fish, unsalted butter, eggs, creamed horseradish, feta cheese, garlic, black olives in olive oil, cooked kidney beans, olive oil, plums, prunes, dark brown sugar, red wine vinegar, fresh cilantro and mint | Get the full recipe at splendidtable.org

Spain – Pavo Trufado de Navidad

Turkey stuffed with truffles yessssssss.

Sweden – Janssons Frestelse

Finely cut shoestring potatoes and anchovies make up this tasty casserole.

Venezuela – Hallacas

These little packages of goodness are stuffed with a mixture of capers, raisins, peppers, and various meats and wrapped in maize and plantain leaves.


29 Traditional Christmas Foods From Around The World

Ever wondered what people from other countries eat at Christmas dinner?

Here’s a list of 29 delicious Christmas meals from all over the world.


Argentina – Vitel Toné

This dish comes from the Italian immigrants in Argentina in the late 1800s/early 1900s and is a platter of sliced veal covered in a tuna sauce and capers. It is surprisingly light and the flavors all compliment one another.

Austria – Sachertorte

This chocolate sponge and apricot jam cake was invented by a 16-year-old in Vienna. Ingredients: eggs, all-purpose flour, almond flour or blanched almonds, salt, unsalted butter, sugar, bittersweet chocolate, apricot preserves, light corn syrup, rum, unsweetened whipped cream | Get the full recipe at foodandwine.com

Brazil – Ceia de Natal

This Brazilian Christmas turkey feast is unlike anything else, with a marinade made from champagne and spices. Ingredients: champagne, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, bay leaves, lime juice, scallions, parsley, salt, black pepper, bacon, peaches in light syrup, eggs, pitted prunes, seedless raisins, butter | Get the full recipe at maria-brazil.org

Canada – Chicken Bones Candy

A Canadian Christmas favorite, these candies are beloved by children and adults alike as they are basically cinnamon tootsie roll pops (with creamy milk chocolate in the center).

Denmark – Risalamande

This almond-cherry rice pudding is a holiday staple, and traditionally involves placing a small treat (such as a tiny toy or whole almond) into the mix and rewarding whoever finds it in their bowl. Ingredients: short grain rice, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, whipped cream, almonds, cherry sauce | Get the full recipe at savorychicks.com

England – Mince Pies

These delicate little pies are filled with a fruit-and-beef-suet concoction and are a signal that the holidays are fast approaching. Ingredients: mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, mixed peel), other dried fruit (apricots, glace cherries), apple, orange or clementine zest & juice, brandy or liqueur, sugar, suet | Get the full recipe at hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

Ethiopia – Doro Wat on Injera

This spicy meat stew is perfect on the spongy bliss that is injera. Ingredients: chicken legs, lemon juice, onions, berbere (Ethiopian spice mixture which includes chile pepper, garlic, ginger, dried basil, Ethiopian cardamom, black and white pepper, fenugreek and rue, a bitter shrub), garlic, ginger, eggs, salt, unsalted butter, bishop seed (also known as ajwain, similar to thyme), cardamom seeds, black cumin, koseret (dried woodsy flavored herb, dried oregano can be substituted), teff flour, barley flour wheat flour | Get the full recipe at cookingchanneltv.com

Finland – Porkkanalaatiko

This spiced carrot casserole is Finland’s answer to American Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. Ingredients: rice, milk, carrots, salt, dark brown sugar, eggs, butter, fine bread or cracker crumbs, nutmeg | Get the full recipe at alternativefinland.com

France – Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Scallops with herbs and cheese, served in little shells as an appetizer. Add that to the list of reasons to move to France.

Germany – Stollen Bread

The delicious version of fruit cake, made with rum, spices, and a sugary coating. Ingredients: candied fruit, raisins, dark rum or orange juice, active dry yeast, milk, honey, all-purpose flour, egg, unsalted butter, lemon zest, salt, ground mace, almonds, oil, ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar | Get the full recipe at foodnetwork.com

Greece – Avgolemono Chicken Soup

Avgolemono is served as a first course at a Christmas feast, and with its blend of chicken, lemon, egg, and rice is absolutely enticing. Ingredients: olive oil, onion, chicken stock, orzo or rice, chicken breast, salt, lemon juice, eggs, parsley | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Guatemala – Tamales Colorados, Negros / Chuchitos

An assortment of tamales is popular among Guatemalan Christmas and New Year and each kind must be eaten one at a time. Ingredients: turkey, white rice, white hominy, shortening or lard, saffron, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, roma tomatoes, red bell peppers, dried hot red chile, dried pasilla or ancho chiles, cinnamon, cloves, French bread, annato seeds, sugar, “Mexican style” chocolate, bottled whole pimientos, capers, olives, almonds, raisins, prunes | Get the full recipe at aharmonyofflavors.com

Hungary – Beigli

Hungarian poppy seed cake is sold everywhere during the Christmas season, but is so much better when you can make it at home. Ingredients: white flour, butter, lard, sugar, 20% fat sour cream, egg, fresh yeast, milk, salt, walnuts, poppy seeds, sugar, lemons, vanilla extract, honey, rum extract, cinnamon | Get the full recipe at budapest-moms.com

Iceland – Hangikjöt

Does anything really beat a smoked leg of lamb? Get the full recipe at icelandreport.blogspot.com

India – Kulkuls

India may have a very small Christian population, but that doesn’t mean the celebration is sparse in any way. Just look at these adorable coconut cookies! Ingredients: Bombay rava/semolina, all purpose flour/maida, wheat flour, sugar, egg, ghee, vanilla essence, salt, oil | Get the full recipe at gharkhana.blogspot.com

Ireland – Spiced Beef

Spiced beef is an Irish holiday favorite and involves a flavorful fruit and spice rub.

Italy – Feast of Seven Fishes

Calamari, linguini with clams, shrimp scampi — everything about this dinner commemorating the wait for the birth of Jesus is absolute perfection. The menu: Baccala Salad, Pasta con le Sarde, Calamari with Potatoes and Peas, Stuffed Calamari, Sauteed Sole with Olives, Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Shrimp Scampi | Get the recipes at saveur.com

Japan – Fried Chicken (specifically KFC-brand) and Kurisumasu Keiki

KFC had a very successful Christmas ad campaign in the ’70s and ever since, its fried chicken is a must-have for Japanese Christmas. That, and Kurisumasu Keiki, which is a strawberry sponge cake. Basically, Japan wins Christmas.

Madagascar – Akoho Sy Voania

Chicken-coconut stew over rice is the perfect winter comfort food. Ingredients: chicken, coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger root, coconut oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, cayenne pepper | Get the full recipe at bearskitchen.com

Malta – Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Heaven exists, and it can be found in this cocoa-chestnut soup. Ingredients: dried chestnuts, cocoa, sugar, tangerine peel | Get the full recipe at vassallohistory.wordpress.com

Mexico – Chiles En Nogada

This festive dish is comprised of meat-stuffed, fire-roasted poblano peppers covered in a creamy walnut sauce and a pomegranate seed garnish. Ingredients: poblano chiles, vegetable oil, ground pork, yellow onion, garlic, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, allspice, vine-ripened tomato, green apple, raisins, dried apricots, pecans, salt, black pepper, walnuts, low fat sour cream, fat free cream cheese, milk, pomegranate, cilantro leaves | Get the full recipe at squirrelbread.wordpress.com

Philippines – Bibingka

This rice-coconut-cheese cake is insanely moist. Ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, rice flour, baking powder, coconut milk or evaporated milk, coconut flakes, cheddar cheese | Get the full recipe at sloblogs.thetribunenews.com

Poland – Bigos

“Hunter’s stew” is a delightful and rich blend of various meats, mushrooms, and cabbage, making it the hearty meal everyone craves on Christmas. Ingredients: dried porcini or other wild mushrooms, bacon fat or vegetable oil, pork shoulder, onion, cabbage, mixed fresh mushrooms, kielbasa or other smoked sausage, smoked ham hock, Polish sausage, fresh sauerkraut, pilsner or lager beer, juniper berries, black peppercorns, caraway seeds, dried marjoram, salt, prunes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, mustard or horseradish | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Portugal – Lampreia de Ovos

This sweet egg cake is a Portuguese luxury and is baked in the shape of a sea lamprey.

Romania – Ciorba De Perisoare

Basically a ton of meatballs in a sour vegetable broth. What’s not to love?

Russia – Zakuski

These fishy appetizers feature many sour and salty flavors, making them excellent with shots of vodka. Ingredients: butter, mushrooms, cayenne pepper, scallions, salt, pepper, lemon, sour cream, fresh dill, smoked fish, unsalted butter, eggs, creamed horseradish, feta cheese, garlic, black olives in olive oil, cooked kidney beans, olive oil, plums, prunes, dark brown sugar, red wine vinegar, fresh cilantro and mint | Get the full recipe at splendidtable.org

Spain – Pavo Trufado de Navidad

Turkey stuffed with truffles yessssssss.

Sweden – Janssons Frestelse

Finely cut shoestring potatoes and anchovies make up this tasty casserole.

Venezuela – Hallacas

These little packages of goodness are stuffed with a mixture of capers, raisins, peppers, and various meats and wrapped in maize and plantain leaves.


29 Traditional Christmas Foods From Around The World

Ever wondered what people from other countries eat at Christmas dinner?

Here’s a list of 29 delicious Christmas meals from all over the world.


Argentina – Vitel Toné

This dish comes from the Italian immigrants in Argentina in the late 1800s/early 1900s and is a platter of sliced veal covered in a tuna sauce and capers. It is surprisingly light and the flavors all compliment one another.

Austria – Sachertorte

This chocolate sponge and apricot jam cake was invented by a 16-year-old in Vienna. Ingredients: eggs, all-purpose flour, almond flour or blanched almonds, salt, unsalted butter, sugar, bittersweet chocolate, apricot preserves, light corn syrup, rum, unsweetened whipped cream | Get the full recipe at foodandwine.com

Brazil – Ceia de Natal

This Brazilian Christmas turkey feast is unlike anything else, with a marinade made from champagne and spices. Ingredients: champagne, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, bay leaves, lime juice, scallions, parsley, salt, black pepper, bacon, peaches in light syrup, eggs, pitted prunes, seedless raisins, butter | Get the full recipe at maria-brazil.org

Canada – Chicken Bones Candy

A Canadian Christmas favorite, these candies are beloved by children and adults alike as they are basically cinnamon tootsie roll pops (with creamy milk chocolate in the center).

Denmark – Risalamande

This almond-cherry rice pudding is a holiday staple, and traditionally involves placing a small treat (such as a tiny toy or whole almond) into the mix and rewarding whoever finds it in their bowl. Ingredients: short grain rice, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, whipped cream, almonds, cherry sauce | Get the full recipe at savorychicks.com

England – Mince Pies

These delicate little pies are filled with a fruit-and-beef-suet concoction and are a signal that the holidays are fast approaching. Ingredients: mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, mixed peel), other dried fruit (apricots, glace cherries), apple, orange or clementine zest & juice, brandy or liqueur, sugar, suet | Get the full recipe at hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

Ethiopia – Doro Wat on Injera

This spicy meat stew is perfect on the spongy bliss that is injera. Ingredients: chicken legs, lemon juice, onions, berbere (Ethiopian spice mixture which includes chile pepper, garlic, ginger, dried basil, Ethiopian cardamom, black and white pepper, fenugreek and rue, a bitter shrub), garlic, ginger, eggs, salt, unsalted butter, bishop seed (also known as ajwain, similar to thyme), cardamom seeds, black cumin, koseret (dried woodsy flavored herb, dried oregano can be substituted), teff flour, barley flour wheat flour | Get the full recipe at cookingchanneltv.com

Finland – Porkkanalaatiko

This spiced carrot casserole is Finland’s answer to American Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. Ingredients: rice, milk, carrots, salt, dark brown sugar, eggs, butter, fine bread or cracker crumbs, nutmeg | Get the full recipe at alternativefinland.com

France – Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Scallops with herbs and cheese, served in little shells as an appetizer. Add that to the list of reasons to move to France.

Germany – Stollen Bread

The delicious version of fruit cake, made with rum, spices, and a sugary coating. Ingredients: candied fruit, raisins, dark rum or orange juice, active dry yeast, milk, honey, all-purpose flour, egg, unsalted butter, lemon zest, salt, ground mace, almonds, oil, ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar | Get the full recipe at foodnetwork.com

Greece – Avgolemono Chicken Soup

Avgolemono is served as a first course at a Christmas feast, and with its blend of chicken, lemon, egg, and rice is absolutely enticing. Ingredients: olive oil, onion, chicken stock, orzo or rice, chicken breast, salt, lemon juice, eggs, parsley | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Guatemala – Tamales Colorados, Negros / Chuchitos

An assortment of tamales is popular among Guatemalan Christmas and New Year and each kind must be eaten one at a time. Ingredients: turkey, white rice, white hominy, shortening or lard, saffron, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, roma tomatoes, red bell peppers, dried hot red chile, dried pasilla or ancho chiles, cinnamon, cloves, French bread, annato seeds, sugar, “Mexican style” chocolate, bottled whole pimientos, capers, olives, almonds, raisins, prunes | Get the full recipe at aharmonyofflavors.com

Hungary – Beigli

Hungarian poppy seed cake is sold everywhere during the Christmas season, but is so much better when you can make it at home. Ingredients: white flour, butter, lard, sugar, 20% fat sour cream, egg, fresh yeast, milk, salt, walnuts, poppy seeds, sugar, lemons, vanilla extract, honey, rum extract, cinnamon | Get the full recipe at budapest-moms.com

Iceland – Hangikjöt

Does anything really beat a smoked leg of lamb? Get the full recipe at icelandreport.blogspot.com

India – Kulkuls

India may have a very small Christian population, but that doesn’t mean the celebration is sparse in any way. Just look at these adorable coconut cookies! Ingredients: Bombay rava/semolina, all purpose flour/maida, wheat flour, sugar, egg, ghee, vanilla essence, salt, oil | Get the full recipe at gharkhana.blogspot.com

Ireland – Spiced Beef

Spiced beef is an Irish holiday favorite and involves a flavorful fruit and spice rub.

Italy – Feast of Seven Fishes

Calamari, linguini with clams, shrimp scampi — everything about this dinner commemorating the wait for the birth of Jesus is absolute perfection. The menu: Baccala Salad, Pasta con le Sarde, Calamari with Potatoes and Peas, Stuffed Calamari, Sauteed Sole with Olives, Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Shrimp Scampi | Get the recipes at saveur.com

Japan – Fried Chicken (specifically KFC-brand) and Kurisumasu Keiki

KFC had a very successful Christmas ad campaign in the ’70s and ever since, its fried chicken is a must-have for Japanese Christmas. That, and Kurisumasu Keiki, which is a strawberry sponge cake. Basically, Japan wins Christmas.

Madagascar – Akoho Sy Voania

Chicken-coconut stew over rice is the perfect winter comfort food. Ingredients: chicken, coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger root, coconut oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, cayenne pepper | Get the full recipe at bearskitchen.com

Malta – Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Heaven exists, and it can be found in this cocoa-chestnut soup. Ingredients: dried chestnuts, cocoa, sugar, tangerine peel | Get the full recipe at vassallohistory.wordpress.com

Mexico – Chiles En Nogada

This festive dish is comprised of meat-stuffed, fire-roasted poblano peppers covered in a creamy walnut sauce and a pomegranate seed garnish. Ingredients: poblano chiles, vegetable oil, ground pork, yellow onion, garlic, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, allspice, vine-ripened tomato, green apple, raisins, dried apricots, pecans, salt, black pepper, walnuts, low fat sour cream, fat free cream cheese, milk, pomegranate, cilantro leaves | Get the full recipe at squirrelbread.wordpress.com

Philippines – Bibingka

This rice-coconut-cheese cake is insanely moist. Ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, rice flour, baking powder, coconut milk or evaporated milk, coconut flakes, cheddar cheese | Get the full recipe at sloblogs.thetribunenews.com

Poland – Bigos

“Hunter’s stew” is a delightful and rich blend of various meats, mushrooms, and cabbage, making it the hearty meal everyone craves on Christmas. Ingredients: dried porcini or other wild mushrooms, bacon fat or vegetable oil, pork shoulder, onion, cabbage, mixed fresh mushrooms, kielbasa or other smoked sausage, smoked ham hock, Polish sausage, fresh sauerkraut, pilsner or lager beer, juniper berries, black peppercorns, caraway seeds, dried marjoram, salt, prunes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, mustard or horseradish | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Portugal – Lampreia de Ovos

This sweet egg cake is a Portuguese luxury and is baked in the shape of a sea lamprey.

Romania – Ciorba De Perisoare

Basically a ton of meatballs in a sour vegetable broth. What’s not to love?

Russia – Zakuski

These fishy appetizers feature many sour and salty flavors, making them excellent with shots of vodka. Ingredients: butter, mushrooms, cayenne pepper, scallions, salt, pepper, lemon, sour cream, fresh dill, smoked fish, unsalted butter, eggs, creamed horseradish, feta cheese, garlic, black olives in olive oil, cooked kidney beans, olive oil, plums, prunes, dark brown sugar, red wine vinegar, fresh cilantro and mint | Get the full recipe at splendidtable.org

Spain – Pavo Trufado de Navidad

Turkey stuffed with truffles yessssssss.

Sweden – Janssons Frestelse

Finely cut shoestring potatoes and anchovies make up this tasty casserole.

Venezuela – Hallacas

These little packages of goodness are stuffed with a mixture of capers, raisins, peppers, and various meats and wrapped in maize and plantain leaves.


29 Traditional Christmas Foods From Around The World

Ever wondered what people from other countries eat at Christmas dinner?

Here’s a list of 29 delicious Christmas meals from all over the world.


Argentina – Vitel Toné

This dish comes from the Italian immigrants in Argentina in the late 1800s/early 1900s and is a platter of sliced veal covered in a tuna sauce and capers. It is surprisingly light and the flavors all compliment one another.

Austria – Sachertorte

This chocolate sponge and apricot jam cake was invented by a 16-year-old in Vienna. Ingredients: eggs, all-purpose flour, almond flour or blanched almonds, salt, unsalted butter, sugar, bittersweet chocolate, apricot preserves, light corn syrup, rum, unsweetened whipped cream | Get the full recipe at foodandwine.com

Brazil – Ceia de Natal

This Brazilian Christmas turkey feast is unlike anything else, with a marinade made from champagne and spices. Ingredients: champagne, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, bay leaves, lime juice, scallions, parsley, salt, black pepper, bacon, peaches in light syrup, eggs, pitted prunes, seedless raisins, butter | Get the full recipe at maria-brazil.org

Canada – Chicken Bones Candy

A Canadian Christmas favorite, these candies are beloved by children and adults alike as they are basically cinnamon tootsie roll pops (with creamy milk chocolate in the center).

Denmark – Risalamande

This almond-cherry rice pudding is a holiday staple, and traditionally involves placing a small treat (such as a tiny toy or whole almond) into the mix and rewarding whoever finds it in their bowl. Ingredients: short grain rice, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, whipped cream, almonds, cherry sauce | Get the full recipe at savorychicks.com

England – Mince Pies

These delicate little pies are filled with a fruit-and-beef-suet concoction and are a signal that the holidays are fast approaching. Ingredients: mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, mixed peel), other dried fruit (apricots, glace cherries), apple, orange or clementine zest & juice, brandy or liqueur, sugar, suet | Get the full recipe at hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

Ethiopia – Doro Wat on Injera

This spicy meat stew is perfect on the spongy bliss that is injera. Ingredients: chicken legs, lemon juice, onions, berbere (Ethiopian spice mixture which includes chile pepper, garlic, ginger, dried basil, Ethiopian cardamom, black and white pepper, fenugreek and rue, a bitter shrub), garlic, ginger, eggs, salt, unsalted butter, bishop seed (also known as ajwain, similar to thyme), cardamom seeds, black cumin, koseret (dried woodsy flavored herb, dried oregano can be substituted), teff flour, barley flour wheat flour | Get the full recipe at cookingchanneltv.com

Finland – Porkkanalaatiko

This spiced carrot casserole is Finland’s answer to American Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. Ingredients: rice, milk, carrots, salt, dark brown sugar, eggs, butter, fine bread or cracker crumbs, nutmeg | Get the full recipe at alternativefinland.com

France – Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Scallops with herbs and cheese, served in little shells as an appetizer. Add that to the list of reasons to move to France.

Germany – Stollen Bread

The delicious version of fruit cake, made with rum, spices, and a sugary coating. Ingredients: candied fruit, raisins, dark rum or orange juice, active dry yeast, milk, honey, all-purpose flour, egg, unsalted butter, lemon zest, salt, ground mace, almonds, oil, ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar | Get the full recipe at foodnetwork.com

Greece – Avgolemono Chicken Soup

Avgolemono is served as a first course at a Christmas feast, and with its blend of chicken, lemon, egg, and rice is absolutely enticing. Ingredients: olive oil, onion, chicken stock, orzo or rice, chicken breast, salt, lemon juice, eggs, parsley | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Guatemala – Tamales Colorados, Negros / Chuchitos

An assortment of tamales is popular among Guatemalan Christmas and New Year and each kind must be eaten one at a time. Ingredients: turkey, white rice, white hominy, shortening or lard, saffron, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, roma tomatoes, red bell peppers, dried hot red chile, dried pasilla or ancho chiles, cinnamon, cloves, French bread, annato seeds, sugar, “Mexican style” chocolate, bottled whole pimientos, capers, olives, almonds, raisins, prunes | Get the full recipe at aharmonyofflavors.com

Hungary – Beigli

Hungarian poppy seed cake is sold everywhere during the Christmas season, but is so much better when you can make it at home. Ingredients: white flour, butter, lard, sugar, 20% fat sour cream, egg, fresh yeast, milk, salt, walnuts, poppy seeds, sugar, lemons, vanilla extract, honey, rum extract, cinnamon | Get the full recipe at budapest-moms.com

Iceland – Hangikjöt

Does anything really beat a smoked leg of lamb? Get the full recipe at icelandreport.blogspot.com

India – Kulkuls

India may have a very small Christian population, but that doesn’t mean the celebration is sparse in any way. Just look at these adorable coconut cookies! Ingredients: Bombay rava/semolina, all purpose flour/maida, wheat flour, sugar, egg, ghee, vanilla essence, salt, oil | Get the full recipe at gharkhana.blogspot.com

Ireland – Spiced Beef

Spiced beef is an Irish holiday favorite and involves a flavorful fruit and spice rub.

Italy – Feast of Seven Fishes

Calamari, linguini with clams, shrimp scampi — everything about this dinner commemorating the wait for the birth of Jesus is absolute perfection. The menu: Baccala Salad, Pasta con le Sarde, Calamari with Potatoes and Peas, Stuffed Calamari, Sauteed Sole with Olives, Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Shrimp Scampi | Get the recipes at saveur.com

Japan – Fried Chicken (specifically KFC-brand) and Kurisumasu Keiki

KFC had a very successful Christmas ad campaign in the ’70s and ever since, its fried chicken is a must-have for Japanese Christmas. That, and Kurisumasu Keiki, which is a strawberry sponge cake. Basically, Japan wins Christmas.

Madagascar – Akoho Sy Voania

Chicken-coconut stew over rice is the perfect winter comfort food. Ingredients: chicken, coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger root, coconut oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, cayenne pepper | Get the full recipe at bearskitchen.com

Malta – Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Heaven exists, and it can be found in this cocoa-chestnut soup. Ingredients: dried chestnuts, cocoa, sugar, tangerine peel | Get the full recipe at vassallohistory.wordpress.com

Mexico – Chiles En Nogada

This festive dish is comprised of meat-stuffed, fire-roasted poblano peppers covered in a creamy walnut sauce and a pomegranate seed garnish. Ingredients: poblano chiles, vegetable oil, ground pork, yellow onion, garlic, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, allspice, vine-ripened tomato, green apple, raisins, dried apricots, pecans, salt, black pepper, walnuts, low fat sour cream, fat free cream cheese, milk, pomegranate, cilantro leaves | Get the full recipe at squirrelbread.wordpress.com

Philippines – Bibingka

This rice-coconut-cheese cake is insanely moist. Ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, rice flour, baking powder, coconut milk or evaporated milk, coconut flakes, cheddar cheese | Get the full recipe at sloblogs.thetribunenews.com

Poland – Bigos

“Hunter’s stew” is a delightful and rich blend of various meats, mushrooms, and cabbage, making it the hearty meal everyone craves on Christmas. Ingredients: dried porcini or other wild mushrooms, bacon fat or vegetable oil, pork shoulder, onion, cabbage, mixed fresh mushrooms, kielbasa or other smoked sausage, smoked ham hock, Polish sausage, fresh sauerkraut, pilsner or lager beer, juniper berries, black peppercorns, caraway seeds, dried marjoram, salt, prunes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, mustard or horseradish | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Portugal – Lampreia de Ovos

This sweet egg cake is a Portuguese luxury and is baked in the shape of a sea lamprey.

Romania – Ciorba De Perisoare

Basically a ton of meatballs in a sour vegetable broth. What’s not to love?

Russia – Zakuski

These fishy appetizers feature many sour and salty flavors, making them excellent with shots of vodka. Ingredients: butter, mushrooms, cayenne pepper, scallions, salt, pepper, lemon, sour cream, fresh dill, smoked fish, unsalted butter, eggs, creamed horseradish, feta cheese, garlic, black olives in olive oil, cooked kidney beans, olive oil, plums, prunes, dark brown sugar, red wine vinegar, fresh cilantro and mint | Get the full recipe at splendidtable.org

Spain – Pavo Trufado de Navidad

Turkey stuffed with truffles yessssssss.

Sweden – Janssons Frestelse

Finely cut shoestring potatoes and anchovies make up this tasty casserole.

Venezuela – Hallacas

These little packages of goodness are stuffed with a mixture of capers, raisins, peppers, and various meats and wrapped in maize and plantain leaves.


29 Traditional Christmas Foods From Around The World

Ever wondered what people from other countries eat at Christmas dinner?

Here’s a list of 29 delicious Christmas meals from all over the world.


Argentina – Vitel Toné

This dish comes from the Italian immigrants in Argentina in the late 1800s/early 1900s and is a platter of sliced veal covered in a tuna sauce and capers. It is surprisingly light and the flavors all compliment one another.

Austria – Sachertorte

This chocolate sponge and apricot jam cake was invented by a 16-year-old in Vienna. Ingredients: eggs, all-purpose flour, almond flour or blanched almonds, salt, unsalted butter, sugar, bittersweet chocolate, apricot preserves, light corn syrup, rum, unsweetened whipped cream | Get the full recipe at foodandwine.com

Brazil – Ceia de Natal

This Brazilian Christmas turkey feast is unlike anything else, with a marinade made from champagne and spices. Ingredients: champagne, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, bay leaves, lime juice, scallions, parsley, salt, black pepper, bacon, peaches in light syrup, eggs, pitted prunes, seedless raisins, butter | Get the full recipe at maria-brazil.org

Canada – Chicken Bones Candy

A Canadian Christmas favorite, these candies are beloved by children and adults alike as they are basically cinnamon tootsie roll pops (with creamy milk chocolate in the center).

Denmark – Risalamande

This almond-cherry rice pudding is a holiday staple, and traditionally involves placing a small treat (such as a tiny toy or whole almond) into the mix and rewarding whoever finds it in their bowl. Ingredients: short grain rice, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, whipped cream, almonds, cherry sauce | Get the full recipe at savorychicks.com

England – Mince Pies

These delicate little pies are filled with a fruit-and-beef-suet concoction and are a signal that the holidays are fast approaching. Ingredients: mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, mixed peel), other dried fruit (apricots, glace cherries), apple, orange or clementine zest & juice, brandy or liqueur, sugar, suet | Get the full recipe at hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

Ethiopia – Doro Wat on Injera

This spicy meat stew is perfect on the spongy bliss that is injera. Ingredients: chicken legs, lemon juice, onions, berbere (Ethiopian spice mixture which includes chile pepper, garlic, ginger, dried basil, Ethiopian cardamom, black and white pepper, fenugreek and rue, a bitter shrub), garlic, ginger, eggs, salt, unsalted butter, bishop seed (also known as ajwain, similar to thyme), cardamom seeds, black cumin, koseret (dried woodsy flavored herb, dried oregano can be substituted), teff flour, barley flour wheat flour | Get the full recipe at cookingchanneltv.com

Finland – Porkkanalaatiko

This spiced carrot casserole is Finland’s answer to American Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. Ingredients: rice, milk, carrots, salt, dark brown sugar, eggs, butter, fine bread or cracker crumbs, nutmeg | Get the full recipe at alternativefinland.com

France – Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Scallops with herbs and cheese, served in little shells as an appetizer. Add that to the list of reasons to move to France.

Germany – Stollen Bread

The delicious version of fruit cake, made with rum, spices, and a sugary coating. Ingredients: candied fruit, raisins, dark rum or orange juice, active dry yeast, milk, honey, all-purpose flour, egg, unsalted butter, lemon zest, salt, ground mace, almonds, oil, ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar | Get the full recipe at foodnetwork.com

Greece – Avgolemono Chicken Soup

Avgolemono is served as a first course at a Christmas feast, and with its blend of chicken, lemon, egg, and rice is absolutely enticing. Ingredients: olive oil, onion, chicken stock, orzo or rice, chicken breast, salt, lemon juice, eggs, parsley | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Guatemala – Tamales Colorados, Negros / Chuchitos

An assortment of tamales is popular among Guatemalan Christmas and New Year and each kind must be eaten one at a time. Ingredients: turkey, white rice, white hominy, shortening or lard, saffron, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, roma tomatoes, red bell peppers, dried hot red chile, dried pasilla or ancho chiles, cinnamon, cloves, French bread, annato seeds, sugar, “Mexican style” chocolate, bottled whole pimientos, capers, olives, almonds, raisins, prunes | Get the full recipe at aharmonyofflavors.com

Hungary – Beigli

Hungarian poppy seed cake is sold everywhere during the Christmas season, but is so much better when you can make it at home. Ingredients: white flour, butter, lard, sugar, 20% fat sour cream, egg, fresh yeast, milk, salt, walnuts, poppy seeds, sugar, lemons, vanilla extract, honey, rum extract, cinnamon | Get the full recipe at budapest-moms.com

Iceland – Hangikjöt

Does anything really beat a smoked leg of lamb? Get the full recipe at icelandreport.blogspot.com

India – Kulkuls

India may have a very small Christian population, but that doesn’t mean the celebration is sparse in any way. Just look at these adorable coconut cookies! Ingredients: Bombay rava/semolina, all purpose flour/maida, wheat flour, sugar, egg, ghee, vanilla essence, salt, oil | Get the full recipe at gharkhana.blogspot.com

Ireland – Spiced Beef

Spiced beef is an Irish holiday favorite and involves a flavorful fruit and spice rub.

Italy – Feast of Seven Fishes

Calamari, linguini with clams, shrimp scampi — everything about this dinner commemorating the wait for the birth of Jesus is absolute perfection. The menu: Baccala Salad, Pasta con le Sarde, Calamari with Potatoes and Peas, Stuffed Calamari, Sauteed Sole with Olives, Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Shrimp Scampi | Get the recipes at saveur.com

Japan – Fried Chicken (specifically KFC-brand) and Kurisumasu Keiki

KFC had a very successful Christmas ad campaign in the ’70s and ever since, its fried chicken is a must-have for Japanese Christmas. That, and Kurisumasu Keiki, which is a strawberry sponge cake. Basically, Japan wins Christmas.

Madagascar – Akoho Sy Voania

Chicken-coconut stew over rice is the perfect winter comfort food. Ingredients: chicken, coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger root, coconut oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, cayenne pepper | Get the full recipe at bearskitchen.com

Malta – Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Heaven exists, and it can be found in this cocoa-chestnut soup. Ingredients: dried chestnuts, cocoa, sugar, tangerine peel | Get the full recipe at vassallohistory.wordpress.com

Mexico – Chiles En Nogada

This festive dish is comprised of meat-stuffed, fire-roasted poblano peppers covered in a creamy walnut sauce and a pomegranate seed garnish. Ingredients: poblano chiles, vegetable oil, ground pork, yellow onion, garlic, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, allspice, vine-ripened tomato, green apple, raisins, dried apricots, pecans, salt, black pepper, walnuts, low fat sour cream, fat free cream cheese, milk, pomegranate, cilantro leaves | Get the full recipe at squirrelbread.wordpress.com

Philippines – Bibingka

This rice-coconut-cheese cake is insanely moist. Ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, rice flour, baking powder, coconut milk or evaporated milk, coconut flakes, cheddar cheese | Get the full recipe at sloblogs.thetribunenews.com

Poland – Bigos

“Hunter’s stew” is a delightful and rich blend of various meats, mushrooms, and cabbage, making it the hearty meal everyone craves on Christmas. Ingredients: dried porcini or other wild mushrooms, bacon fat or vegetable oil, pork shoulder, onion, cabbage, mixed fresh mushrooms, kielbasa or other smoked sausage, smoked ham hock, Polish sausage, fresh sauerkraut, pilsner or lager beer, juniper berries, black peppercorns, caraway seeds, dried marjoram, salt, prunes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, mustard or horseradish | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Portugal – Lampreia de Ovos

This sweet egg cake is a Portuguese luxury and is baked in the shape of a sea lamprey.

Romania – Ciorba De Perisoare

Basically a ton of meatballs in a sour vegetable broth. What’s not to love?

Russia – Zakuski

These fishy appetizers feature many sour and salty flavors, making them excellent with shots of vodka. Ingredients: butter, mushrooms, cayenne pepper, scallions, salt, pepper, lemon, sour cream, fresh dill, smoked fish, unsalted butter, eggs, creamed horseradish, feta cheese, garlic, black olives in olive oil, cooked kidney beans, olive oil, plums, prunes, dark brown sugar, red wine vinegar, fresh cilantro and mint | Get the full recipe at splendidtable.org

Spain – Pavo Trufado de Navidad

Turkey stuffed with truffles yessssssss.

Sweden – Janssons Frestelse

Finely cut shoestring potatoes and anchovies make up this tasty casserole.

Venezuela – Hallacas

These little packages of goodness are stuffed with a mixture of capers, raisins, peppers, and various meats and wrapped in maize and plantain leaves.


29 Traditional Christmas Foods From Around The World

Ever wondered what people from other countries eat at Christmas dinner?

Here’s a list of 29 delicious Christmas meals from all over the world.


Argentina – Vitel Toné

This dish comes from the Italian immigrants in Argentina in the late 1800s/early 1900s and is a platter of sliced veal covered in a tuna sauce and capers. It is surprisingly light and the flavors all compliment one another.

Austria – Sachertorte

This chocolate sponge and apricot jam cake was invented by a 16-year-old in Vienna. Ingredients: eggs, all-purpose flour, almond flour or blanched almonds, salt, unsalted butter, sugar, bittersweet chocolate, apricot preserves, light corn syrup, rum, unsweetened whipped cream | Get the full recipe at foodandwine.com

Brazil – Ceia de Natal

This Brazilian Christmas turkey feast is unlike anything else, with a marinade made from champagne and spices. Ingredients: champagne, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, bay leaves, lime juice, scallions, parsley, salt, black pepper, bacon, peaches in light syrup, eggs, pitted prunes, seedless raisins, butter | Get the full recipe at maria-brazil.org

Canada – Chicken Bones Candy

A Canadian Christmas favorite, these candies are beloved by children and adults alike as they are basically cinnamon tootsie roll pops (with creamy milk chocolate in the center).

Denmark – Risalamande

This almond-cherry rice pudding is a holiday staple, and traditionally involves placing a small treat (such as a tiny toy or whole almond) into the mix and rewarding whoever finds it in their bowl. Ingredients: short grain rice, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, whipped cream, almonds, cherry sauce | Get the full recipe at savorychicks.com

England – Mince Pies

These delicate little pies are filled with a fruit-and-beef-suet concoction and are a signal that the holidays are fast approaching. Ingredients: mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, mixed peel), other dried fruit (apricots, glace cherries), apple, orange or clementine zest & juice, brandy or liqueur, sugar, suet | Get the full recipe at hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

Ethiopia – Doro Wat on Injera

This spicy meat stew is perfect on the spongy bliss that is injera. Ingredients: chicken legs, lemon juice, onions, berbere (Ethiopian spice mixture which includes chile pepper, garlic, ginger, dried basil, Ethiopian cardamom, black and white pepper, fenugreek and rue, a bitter shrub), garlic, ginger, eggs, salt, unsalted butter, bishop seed (also known as ajwain, similar to thyme), cardamom seeds, black cumin, koseret (dried woodsy flavored herb, dried oregano can be substituted), teff flour, barley flour wheat flour | Get the full recipe at cookingchanneltv.com

Finland – Porkkanalaatiko

This spiced carrot casserole is Finland’s answer to American Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. Ingredients: rice, milk, carrots, salt, dark brown sugar, eggs, butter, fine bread or cracker crumbs, nutmeg | Get the full recipe at alternativefinland.com

France – Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Scallops with herbs and cheese, served in little shells as an appetizer. Add that to the list of reasons to move to France.

Germany – Stollen Bread

The delicious version of fruit cake, made with rum, spices, and a sugary coating. Ingredients: candied fruit, raisins, dark rum or orange juice, active dry yeast, milk, honey, all-purpose flour, egg, unsalted butter, lemon zest, salt, ground mace, almonds, oil, ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar | Get the full recipe at foodnetwork.com

Greece – Avgolemono Chicken Soup

Avgolemono is served as a first course at a Christmas feast, and with its blend of chicken, lemon, egg, and rice is absolutely enticing. Ingredients: olive oil, onion, chicken stock, orzo or rice, chicken breast, salt, lemon juice, eggs, parsley | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Guatemala – Tamales Colorados, Negros / Chuchitos

An assortment of tamales is popular among Guatemalan Christmas and New Year and each kind must be eaten one at a time. Ingredients: turkey, white rice, white hominy, shortening or lard, saffron, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, roma tomatoes, red bell peppers, dried hot red chile, dried pasilla or ancho chiles, cinnamon, cloves, French bread, annato seeds, sugar, “Mexican style” chocolate, bottled whole pimientos, capers, olives, almonds, raisins, prunes | Get the full recipe at aharmonyofflavors.com

Hungary – Beigli

Hungarian poppy seed cake is sold everywhere during the Christmas season, but is so much better when you can make it at home. Ingredients: white flour, butter, lard, sugar, 20% fat sour cream, egg, fresh yeast, milk, salt, walnuts, poppy seeds, sugar, lemons, vanilla extract, honey, rum extract, cinnamon | Get the full recipe at budapest-moms.com

Iceland – Hangikjöt

Does anything really beat a smoked leg of lamb? Get the full recipe at icelandreport.blogspot.com

India – Kulkuls

India may have a very small Christian population, but that doesn’t mean the celebration is sparse in any way. Just look at these adorable coconut cookies! Ingredients: Bombay rava/semolina, all purpose flour/maida, wheat flour, sugar, egg, ghee, vanilla essence, salt, oil | Get the full recipe at gharkhana.blogspot.com

Ireland – Spiced Beef

Spiced beef is an Irish holiday favorite and involves a flavorful fruit and spice rub.

Italy – Feast of Seven Fishes

Calamari, linguini with clams, shrimp scampi — everything about this dinner commemorating the wait for the birth of Jesus is absolute perfection. The menu: Baccala Salad, Pasta con le Sarde, Calamari with Potatoes and Peas, Stuffed Calamari, Sauteed Sole with Olives, Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Shrimp Scampi | Get the recipes at saveur.com

Japan – Fried Chicken (specifically KFC-brand) and Kurisumasu Keiki

KFC had a very successful Christmas ad campaign in the ’70s and ever since, its fried chicken is a must-have for Japanese Christmas. That, and Kurisumasu Keiki, which is a strawberry sponge cake. Basically, Japan wins Christmas.

Madagascar – Akoho Sy Voania

Chicken-coconut stew over rice is the perfect winter comfort food. Ingredients: chicken, coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger root, coconut oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, cayenne pepper | Get the full recipe at bearskitchen.com

Malta – Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Heaven exists, and it can be found in this cocoa-chestnut soup. Ingredients: dried chestnuts, cocoa, sugar, tangerine peel | Get the full recipe at vassallohistory.wordpress.com

Mexico – Chiles En Nogada

This festive dish is comprised of meat-stuffed, fire-roasted poblano peppers covered in a creamy walnut sauce and a pomegranate seed garnish. Ingredients: poblano chiles, vegetable oil, ground pork, yellow onion, garlic, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, allspice, vine-ripened tomato, green apple, raisins, dried apricots, pecans, salt, black pepper, walnuts, low fat sour cream, fat free cream cheese, milk, pomegranate, cilantro leaves | Get the full recipe at squirrelbread.wordpress.com

Philippines – Bibingka

This rice-coconut-cheese cake is insanely moist. Ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, rice flour, baking powder, coconut milk or evaporated milk, coconut flakes, cheddar cheese | Get the full recipe at sloblogs.thetribunenews.com

Poland – Bigos

“Hunter’s stew” is a delightful and rich blend of various meats, mushrooms, and cabbage, making it the hearty meal everyone craves on Christmas. Ingredients: dried porcini or other wild mushrooms, bacon fat or vegetable oil, pork shoulder, onion, cabbage, mixed fresh mushrooms, kielbasa or other smoked sausage, smoked ham hock, Polish sausage, fresh sauerkraut, pilsner or lager beer, juniper berries, black peppercorns, caraway seeds, dried marjoram, salt, prunes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, mustard or horseradish | Get the full recipe at simplyrecipes.com

Portugal – Lampreia de Ovos

This sweet egg cake is a Portuguese luxury and is baked in the shape of a sea lamprey.

Romania – Ciorba De Perisoare

Basically a ton of meatballs in a sour vegetable broth. What’s not to love?

Russia – Zakuski

These fishy appetizers feature many sour and salty flavors, making them excellent with shots of vodka. Ingredients: butter, mushrooms, cayenne pepper, scallions, salt, pepper, lemon, sour cream, fresh dill, smoked fish, unsalted butter, eggs, creamed horseradish, feta cheese, garlic, black olives in olive oil, cooked kidney beans, olive oil, plums, prunes, dark brown sugar, red wine vinegar, fresh cilantro and mint | Get the full recipe at splendidtable.org

Spain – Pavo Trufado de Navidad

Turkey stuffed with truffles yessssssss.

Sweden – Janssons Frestelse

Finely cut shoestring potatoes and anchovies make up this tasty casserole.

Venezuela – Hallacas

These little packages of goodness are stuffed with a mixture of capers, raisins, peppers, and various meats and wrapped in maize and plantain leaves.


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