Christmas is not only a time of giving, it is also a time for gatherings of family and friends. What better way to spend time with the people we love than sharing a fantastic and hearty meal?
Christmas dinners are often rich and festive, and the menu almost always leans to traditional Christmas dishes. Holiday celebrations, after all, are filled with family traditions kept for many years. To have a blockbuster holiday dinner, here are 6 traditional dishes you can include in your Christmas menu this year, and the years to come.
The roast turkey is not just a famous centerpiece for Thanksgiving, but for Christmas as well. Roast turkey originated from British traditions and were enjoyed as early as the 16th century in England. Currently it’s traditionally eaten as main course during Christmas in the US and Canada as well.
Another option for your Christmas spread centerpiece is the Christmas Ham. The Christmas Ham tradition is believed to have originated among the Germanic people as a tribute to a god. Now, it is associated with modern Christmas celebrations.
Some prefer the Christmas Ham over turkey as the meat cooks faster and with less effort, compared with the turkey meat. Moreover, there are those who believe that, with cooking a turkey, once a year is enough.
There are many ways to cook your Christmas Ham. You can have it glazed with apricot jam and mustard, or any glaze of your liking (like root beer, pineapple, cranberry, and of course, sparkling wine).
Oysters are known celebratory foods, and Christmas Eve dinner will not be complete without a bowl of Oyster stew. It is a very rich and creamy dish, sure to delight the taste buds. A warm bowl of oyster stew will not only warm your insides, it also brings that warm feeling of familiarity and security.
Pies and Christmas go together so perfectly that the holidays would not be complete without them on the menu. Christmas pies aren’t all about their taste, they are also all about how they are beautifully presented. From the gooey apple pie to the crunchy pecan pie, you can never go wrong with having a pie favorite in your Christmas dinner table.
Sweet Potato Casserole
This holiday staple must not be left out in your Christmas dinner menu. Holiday gatherings aren’t the same without a delicious sweet potato casserole shared between loved ones.
You can have the traditional casserole topped with marshmallows, you can opt for healthier options like pecan and cornflakes, or you can throw in carrots in the mix. Whatever you’re having, expect to have an empty casserole dish at the end of your Christmas dinner.
Persimmon pudding is a traditional American dessert made with, of course, persimmons. It is either steamed or oven-cooked. It is a sweet and delicious treat, thanks to the natural sweetness of the persimmon fruit. The pudding can be served with ice cream, whipped cream, applesauce, or brandy sauce.
Holidays are all about celebrations and traditions. What better way to celebrate the most festive holiday of the year than enjoying rich and delicious meals with friends and family? Merry Christmas!
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