If you'd like to try something new this year, why not give one of these a try?
I found so many interesting recipes, I hope you like my list.
(Some countries have more than one Christmas dish, and some have many depending on their regions.
I only picked one for each country.)
I've tried 8 out of these 12 dishes. Some might look weird or have a strange name, but don't let that fool you. They taste good.
1. Hungary-Szekelykaposzta-Pork and sauer kraut stew
I eat it with sour cream. Yum!
2. Italy--Capitone fritto -Fried Eel
Different regions have different dishes, but a lot of them have seafood.
You don't eat meat the night before Christmas there, and not on any Friday either because of religious reasons. When I lived in Italy I had spaghetti
in tomato sauce with tuna chunks...loved it so much, I've been cooking it for my husband ever since.
3. Germany -Dickbauch-Roast goose, boiled potatoes, red cabbage
I love their red cabbage. I make it sometimes with roast chicken and potatoes.
Dick means 'fat' and bauch means 'stomach'. They believe in eating until they are stuffed during dinner on Christmas Eve, or demons will torment
them at night.
4. Iceland -Hamborgarahryggur- Ham with peas and potatoes
(Good luck reading that in Icelandic.)
5. Estonia-Verivorst-Blood sausage with red berry jam
I've had this before, the name sounds bad, but it really tastes great.
6. Finland - Christmas ham with mustard
I also recommend their pickled raw herring... it's amazing. You eat it cold and with home made bread.
7. Spain-Cordero Asado - Roast Lamb
8. Greece- Egg-Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup - first course of dinner
9. Russia-Kutya / Sochivo-Christmas pudding
Wheat Pudding, consisting of whole or cracked wheat or barley,
poppy seeds, honey, and sweetmeats (łakocie) like figs, raisins and nuts, and sometimes cream.
10. Lebanon-kebbeh pie-Minced meat and burghul with yogurt-garlic sauce
My mother-in-law is Lebanese and makes this for me sometimes. It's so delicious!
11. Kenya- Nyama Choma- Grilled Goat
(Or can be beef.)
12. Bangladesh- Pitha-Rice powder cakes
I had some of these when I was there. They have many different varieties. Very tasty.