Latin Christmas Dishes From 12 Countries, Any Look Familiar?

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Latino Christmas dishes and traditions are as diverse as their origins. Some similarities and many differences.

Work, Life & Culture is a blend of tradition and success. Being Latin, Hispanic or Latino means a diverse set customs, food dishes, dialects and holidays. As an example, let’s look at one holiday, Christmas yielding a wide range of traditional foods or dishing.

Here are 12 geographies- 12 days of Christmas:  

Argentina

  • Vitel toné
  • Turrón
  • Pan dulce
  • Asado (beef, chicken, calf, lamb, suckling pig)
  • Cider (apple, pineapple) and Venezuela
  • Hallaca – rectangle-shaped meal made of maize, filled with beef, pork, olives, raisins and caper, and wrapped in plantain leaves
  • Pan de jamón – ham-filled bread with olives and raisins
  • Dulce de lechosa – dessert made of cooked sliced unripe papaya in sugar syrup
  • Ensalada de gallina – salad made of potato, carrot, apple and shredded chicken
  • Pernil- roast pork shoulder
  • Budín
  • Salads
  • Pionono
  • Russian salad
  • Matambre
  • Lengua a la vinagreta
  • Garrapiñadas
  • Waldorf salad

Brazil

  • Lombo à Califórnia – pork loins
  • Rabanada – French toast
  • Pernil – roast pork
  • Perú – roast turkey
  • Bacalhau – codfish
  • Farofa – raw manioc flour roasted with butter, salt, bacon or smoked meat, and spices, with a smoky and slightly salty taste
  • Brazil nut
  • Panettone

Chile

  • Pan de pascua
  • Cola de mono – (Literally, “Monkey’s Tail) A Chilean Christmas beverage, with aguardiente, milk, coffee, and flavoured with vanilla and cloves[16]
  • Pan de Pascua – Chilean Christmas sponge cake flavoured with cloves and with bits of candied fruits, raisins, walnuts and almonds.[17]
  • Roasted turkey
  • Ponche a la romana – Eggnog-style beverage made of champagne and pineapple-flavoured icecream.

Colombia

  • Colombian Buñuelos
  • Colombian natilla
  • Colombian Christmas dishes are mostly sweets and desserts. Some of the most popular dishes include:
  • Buñuelos
  • Natilla
  • Manjar blanco
  • Hojaldres
  • Brevas dessert with cheese
  • Christmas cookies
  • Sweet bread filled with fruits like raisins and raspberries.

Cuba

  • Crema De Vie – Cuban eggnog, made with condensed milk, rum, sugar syrup, lemon rind, cinnamon, and egg yolk.
  • Majarete – corn pudding made with coconut milk, fresh corn, cornstarch, milk, water, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar
  • Platillo Moros y Cristianos
  • Lechon asado
  • Turrón

Dominican Republic

  • Moro de guandules con coco – rice with pigeon peas and coconut milk
  • Vaniljekranse – Danish butter cookies
  • ponche – eggnog
  • Ensalada verde – Iceberg letters, onions, cucumber and tomatoes salad.
  • Bread pudding
  • Majarete – corn pudding made with coconut milk, fresh corn, cornstarch, milk, water, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar
  • Russian potato salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Pasteles de hojas – Root tamales
  • Jengibre – ginger tea
  • Pig roast
  • Pollo al Horno – Roasted Chicken
  • Telera – Dominican bread similar to Mexican Telera
  • Fruit platter – Consists of oranges, apples, bananas, grapes, and mangos
  • Cheese and guava platter – a platter with squared white cheese, yellow potato cheese, soda crackers, and guava paste chunks

Guatemala

  • Tamales
  • Ponche (Christmas fruit punch served hot with lots of fruits)
  • pavo (Turkey)
  • Buñuelos (Fluffy sweet dessert made with corn with maple syrup)
  • Chicken (Prepared with different stuffings and accompanied with various side dishes such as salads or rice)
  • Next page Mexico-Panama-Puerto Rico-Spain and Venezuela

Mexico

  • Christmas roast
  • pavo – Stuffed, roasted Turkey served with gravy.
  • Ensalada de Noche Buena – Christmas Eve Salad
  • Russian potato salad – Side dish to turkey, particularly popular in northern states.
  • Bacalao – clipfish or cod, traditionally eaten in the central and southern states of Mexico.
  • Romeritos – also a Christmas tradition of the central region, romeritos are small green leaves of a particular type mixed generally with mole and potatoes; generally accompanied with “tortitas de camarón” (shrimp bread)
  • Tamales – Tamales can sometimes replace the traditional Turkey or Bacalao with romeritos, particularly in northern and southern parts of Mexico.
  • Menudo – A Christmas morning tradition in northwestern states, menudo is a tripe and hominy soup, not to be confused with southern ‘panzita’. Menudo is often prepared the night before (Christmas Eve) as its cooking time can take up to 5 hours.
  • Ponche – a hot, sweet drink made with apples, sugar cane, prunes and tejocotes. For grown-ups, ponche is never complete without its “piquete” – either tequila or rum
  • Marshmallow fruit salad – marshmallow with fruit cocktail, sugar and sour cream. Sometimes dried coconut, ground cinnamon and/or nuts are also added.
  • Pineapple Upside-down cake – Turned-over cake with cherries and pineapples.
  • Glazed ham – Ham glazed with honey or sugar with cherries and pineapples on top.

Panama

  • Arroz con Pollo
  • Tamales
  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Grapes
  • Fruit cake
  • Egg nog
  • Potato salad
  • Pan de Rosca

Puerto Rico

  • Arroz con gandules – yellow-rice and pigeon peas with olives, capers, and pieces of ham.
  • Ensalada de pulpo – octopus salad
  • Escabeche – boiled green bananas and chicken gizzards in Puerto Rican style escabeche.
  • Macaroni salad – with tuna and peppers
  • Morcilla
  • Pasteles
  • Pasteles de guineo
  • Pasteles de yucca
  • Pastelón – sweet plantain “lasagna” smiler to pionono.
  • Pig roast
  • Potato salad – made with chorizo and hard-boiled eggs.

Spain

  • Jamón (Spanish Dry-Cured Ham)
  • Roasted turkey
  • Roasted lamb
  • Seafood
  • Langostinos – (king prawn)
  • Shrimp
  • Lobster
  • Crab
  • Dorado
  • Sweets
  • Turrón
  • Yema – egg-based dessert
  • Mantecados & polvorones – crumbly cakes
  • Marzipan, almond cakes
  • King cake known as roscón de Reyes in Spanish and tortell in Catalan.

Venezuela

  • Hallaca
  • Hallaca – rectangle-shaped meal made of maize, filled with beef, pork, olives, raisins and caper, and wrapped in plantain leaves
  • Pan de jamón – ham-filled bread with olives and raisins
  • Dulce de lechosa – dessert made of cooked sliced unripe papaya in sugar syrup
  • Ensalada de gallina – salad made of potato, carrot, apple and shredded chicken
  • Pernil- roast pork shoulder

See more Latin, Hispanic and Latino Christmas dishes around the world at Wikipedia

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