Christmas is a time where family and friends get together to celebrate the special season. Just like any other countries in the world, food plays a significant role in any Mexican Christmas celebration. In Mexico, having a family dinner on the Christmas Eve is customary.
If you are looking to try a new holiday tradition in your family or may add a little twist to your Christmas table, having a traditional Mexican Christmas recipe is a good idea. Here are some recipes that are traditionally prepared at Christmas time in Mexico.
Not only that these recipes are delicious, but it also carries warmth that is necessary for this holiday season.
Ensalada de Noche Buena
This dish contains lettuce and beets. The ingredients, however, depend on the chef’s preference. They can choose to include apple, carrot, pineapple, oranges, pecans, peanuts, jicama, and pomegranate seeds as garnish. Colors in the Mexican Salad makes Christmas a festive season to celebrate.
This dish is cornmeal dumplings which are prepared with different fillings. Tamales are wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves and steamed to cook. Tamales are very time consuming to make. Hence this kind of food is occasionally made during special holidays with many members of the family assisting in the parties.
When Christmas is near, Bacalao or dried salted codfish are common in markets and grocery stores. This dish originated in Europe and became a standard component in the traditional Mexican Christmas feast. Bacalao, a la Vizcaina, is stewed with capers, tomatoes, olives, and potatoes.
Romeritos are green leaf vegetable with small leaves which resembles rosemary. This dish is served with shrimp cakes and doused in mole. It is a Mexican Christmas dish that is popularly served during Lent.
Pazole is a hominy soup that is make of pork or chicken seasoned with chile and garlic. This kind of Mexican dish is served with garnishes of shredded lettuce or cabbage, avocado, oregano, thinly sliced radishes, and lime wedges. It is a great party food which is popularly served during Christmas dinner, Mexican Independence Day or Cinco de Mayo parties.
Pavo is another popular choice for a Mexican Christmas Eve dinner. This Christmas turkey may be roasted or may be served with a creamy sauce that is made of ground chiles and other ingredients.
Buñuelos is usually served with a hot drink. This crispy fried treat is similar to sweet tostada sprinkled with sure or doused in syrup. Every Christmas, there are special stands set up selling buñuelos and atole in Oaxaca. According to the tradition, you can make a wish and throw your clay plate on the ground after enjoying the sweet fritter.
These are the Mexican recipes and dishes which you might want to try in the Christmas Eve. If you are in Mexico for Christmas, be sure to taste these festive dishes.