There are so many Christmas traditions. Sending a Christmas card to your family and friends or decorating a Christmas tree. But what about traditions surrounding the food? Have you ever wondered what the rest of the world is eating at the Christmas dinner? I have!
Everyone knows the Christmas pudding from England or the lebkuchen from Germany, but many other traditional Christmas recipes are out there. That's why I explored the internet and made a list of my favorites.
Christmas recipes from around the world
German Mulled Wine: Gluhwein • Happy Kitchen
his easy and warming German Mulled Wine (Gluhwein) is a perfect drink to serve during festive season. It smells like Christmas and serves a crowd!
German Christmas Cake (Stollen Recipe)
Christmas is right around the corner and it’s about time to bake traditional German Christmas Cake – Stollen. Packed with a delicious mixture of dried and candied fruits, almonds and marzipan, this decadent cake is a true Christmas treat.
Holiday Rosemary Garlic Pork Roast
Juicy with a crispy skin, bone-in pork roast recipe makes for the ultimate easy Holiday Roast! Packed with rosemary and garlic flavour.
Typsy Laird, Authentic Scottish Trifle for Christmas and Burns Night
Typsy Laird is simply a boozy Scottish trifle that is perfect as an end to a Christmas and/or Burns Night dinner. Be forewarned, this sweet is not suitable for children!
Brunkager (Danish Christmas cookies)
Brunkager are Danish Christmas cookies with a delicious spiced flavour and a wonderful crunch. Perfect to add to your cookie plate.
Easy Ensalada de Nochebuena (Christmas Eve Salad)
Delicious Ensalada de Nochebuena or Christmas Eve Salad is a cheerful salad featuring pomegranates, oranges and beets. Popular on Christmas Eve in Mexico it will add festive flair to your holiday table, but can also be enjoyed year-round for a boost of colour and freshness.
Greek Christmas honey cookies (melomakarona)
If you visit Greece close to Christmas, you’ll eat far too many of these delicious Christmas honey cookies. Imagine a cross between baklava and an ooey, gooey pecan pie and you’ve got these. I’m addicted!
Glazed Christmas Ham
A Glazed Christmas Ham makes an impressive centrepiece for your Christmas Eve dinner and is surprisingly easy to make but do set aside some time for it.
Risalamande - the traditional Danish pudding recipe served on Christmas
Risalamande is a traditional Danish Christmas pudding that will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit!
Zimtsterne - German Cinnamon Star Cookies
A classic German cookie, Zimsterne, or cinnamon stars, are a must for your holiday cookie trays. Similar to a macaroon, these chewy cut out cookies are made with almonds, egg whites, sugar, and cinnamon. Plus, they’re gluten and dairy-free.
Christmas Shortbread Cookies
These Christmas Shortbread Cookies are made with an 80-year-old shortbread recipe and a beautifully handcrafted embossed rolling pin.
The Royal Mint Christmas Pudding & Stir-Up Sunday
You can't have a real English Christmas without a traditional Christmas pudding.
Cuban Pork Shoulder
A traditional Christmas meal in Cuban households, this Cuban pork shoulder recipe is perfect for smaller gatherings!
English Christmas Trifle
Trifle is a classic English dessert, with layers of pound cake, Creme Anglais, fresh fruit, and whipped cream. This holiday trifle uses raspberries and poached pears, making it as delicious as it is beautiful.
Hilda brötchen Shortbread Cookie with Jam
Hildabrötchen, or Hilda brotchen, is one of our traditional German Christmas Cookies! They are bright and festive and really spruce up a cookie platter!
My Best Ever Mince Pies
A Christmas essential in the UK - mince pies
Ponche Crema Venezuelan Eggnog
Ponche crema is the Venezuelan version of an eggnog. Creamy, spiced and with a happy touch thanks to a hint — or maybe more— of Venezuelan rum.
Mini Pavlova with Whipped Cream and Fresh Friut – a Classic Aussie Christmas Dessert
These mini pavlovas are a traditional Australian Christmas dessert.
Norwegian Butter Cookies (Serinakaker)
Serinakaker are Norwegian butter cookies with a soft pillowy texture, decorated with either pearl sugar or slivered almonds. Recipes for serinakaker start with simple with butter, flour and icing sugar, in much the same way as shortbread, but an egg is added to the batter which brings the cookie dough together.
The Best Struffoli Recipe
Struffoli are deep-fried balls of dough that are hard on the outside, and soft on the inside, and perfect for serving for dessert. They are also coated in honey to make them even more delicious. They’re like the Italian version of loukoumades, and they’re a staple in Italian households around the holidays, especially at Christmas time.
CAMILLA HAWKINS says
What a wonderful selection of Christmas recipes, there are only a few I haven't tried so will have to put that right! Thanks for sharing my Christmas Pudding:-)