Top Christmas recipe ideas
Each country has their own traditional foods for Christmas and cooking Chinese recipes or Indian dishes alongside your festive favourites is a great way to add variety to your Christmas menu.
Traditional Christmas foods
Sweden: famous baked apples are always used in Christmas recipes to add a unique and warming flavour.
Poland: a stew of meat and sauerkrauts is a popular food during winter and is often served during the holidays.
Germany: a German fruitcake recipe with almonds is exceptionally popular over Christmas.
Venezuela: a meal made of bread rolled over a Venezuelan ham and stuffed with raisins and olives is one of the many Christmas recipes of the country.
Austria: roasted goose is one of the recipes traditionally served during Christmas
England: the world famous Christmas pudding is a great seasonal treat that features alongside the traditional turkey roast dinner and Christmas fruit cake.
Philippines: a type of cake made from rice is always attributed to Christmas time here.
Adapting your own Christmas recipes
Christmas recipes are an integral part of the preparations for the holidays and are therefore very important. For many people, finding alternatives to traditional dishes is important and this means that they can impress their guests with a range of different foods.
For those looking for alternatives, cooking traditional meals from other cultures and countries is a great way to spice up your Christmas menu whilst still cooking foods from this season. This will ensure that everyone has meals which they enjoy.
Another easy way to find alternatives is to adapt your existing recipes. Take a dish that you enjoy and are familiar with making and use different, seasonal ingredients to give it a Christmas spin. This could simply mean creating a desert with seasonal fruits or adding selected herbs and spices to main meals.
In the case of the latter, a number of companies such as Schwartz will provide these pre-mixed. This is the easiest ways to add extra flavour to your dishes and will ensure that you get a good balance of flavours.
Always make sure that you check which flavours work well together before adapting your recipes and don't be scared to experiment with new ingredients. A number of online sources will be able to offer advice and guidance on how to cook with certain flavours and can therefore be an invaluable resource.
Always make sure you cook small amounts first, in case your recipe does not work, and do not overload the dish with flavours. Try and create a subtle blend of tastes and remember that presentation is just as important as taste when it comes to cooking - especially over Christmas.