When it comes to food, the Christmas season is often characterized by hearty, feel-good, comforting (and often fat laden) dishes; food that the family elders and self-proclaimed chefs of the clan have laboriously prepared to be feasted upon by the multi-generation gathering.
However, in truth, any dish, as long as it’s made with love, can be a Christmas dish. These recipes have a hint of Christmas to them. Make them for the days leading to Christmas, on Christmas Eve itself or any day of the year when you need a little merriment.
Very Festive These recipes are as festive as you can get. They’re sweet, possibly decorated with a Christmas theme and can be paired with a hot beverage, preferably hot tsokolate. The kids will love making these with you too.
1. Christmas Shortbread Recipe
You'll need 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup white chocolate chips 1 teaspoon canola oil green food coloring candy sprinkles
Familiar There are dishes that are always present, never absent on the Christmas buffet table. These snacks are just some of them. Reminisce about all the Christmas pasts while making and eating these snacks.
4. Easy Bibingka
You'll need 1 cup rice flour 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup water 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup sugar 2/3 cup coconut cream, room temperature 2 teaspoons butter, melted 75 grams cheese, grated 2 salted eggs, sliced
Holidays with a Twist Whip up new recipes using traditional Christmas ingredients. You’ll be amazed at how surprisingly well the old and the new go together. Here are recipes using the festive Christmas ham and queso de bola.
6. Christmas Ham and Potato Cakes
Makes 1 dozen
You'll need 2 1/2 cups potatoes, shredded 1/4 cup flour 1/4 cup ham, shredded 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 large egg chopped basil sour cream or applesauce (optional)
To Share What’s the holidays without family, relatives and friends? Christmas is the season for sharing and it doesn’t do to keep your blessings to yourself. These make great finger food while sharing stories with those you hold dear.
8. Bacon Beer Mussels
Serves 4 to 6 Prep Time 10 minutes Cooking Time 10 minutes
You'll need 3 tablespoons olive oil 125 grams bacon slab or thick-cut bacon, sliced into 1-inch pieces 1 medium white onion, sliced thinly 1 stalk celery, diced 750 grams mussels, cleaned and beards removed 1/2 cup beer salt and pepper, to taste 1 tablespoon mustard 1 tablespoon all-purpose cream
Serves 4 to 6 Prep Time 20 minutes Cooking Time 30 minutes
You'll need For the crostini 1 large loaf French bread, sliced into 1/8-inch-thick slices 1/4 cup olive oil
For the spread 1/2 cup butter 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots (sibuyas Tagalog) 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons dry white wine (optional) 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup sour cream 3 cups packed spinach leaves, blanched and squeezed dry 2 cups grated queso de bola ground black pepper, to taste