Before I begin discussing food, I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy your holidays, be safe and see you back here in 2012!
As I am sitting here making my shopping list for our Christmas Dinner I started wondering what the traditional foods for Christmas Dinner are in Europe.
But first, I’ll tell you the traditional foods that are enjoyed in Casa Beardsley! After all the shopping and wrapping is completed, Christmas Eve starts off the holiday by sipping Mulled wine while enjoying Christmas Vacation 🙂 The next morning starts off with my husband’s sticky buns which have been rising all night and bake while we start opening gifts. Dinner is Prime Rib, twice baked potatoes, brussels sprouts layered with Gruyere and Emmentaler cheeses and the best deviled eggs you’ll ever eat. Dessert changes every year but this year will be Cherry Pie and Hot Chocolate Fudge Cakes! Of course, the meal is served with wine.
Now here are a few traditional meals in Europe!
Austria favors goose, ham, gluhwein, rumpunsch (rum punch) and Chocolate Mousse.
Families in the Czech Republic enjoy fried carp, potato salad and special Christmas cookies.
Traditional Christmas meals in Denmark include roast pork, goose or duck, potatoes, red cabbage and plenty of gravy! Dessert is rice pudding with cherry or strawberry sauce. Christmas drinks are Glogg (mulled wine).
If you’re dining in Finland you may find ham or fish, served Swedish Smorgasbord style, with bread, mustard, potatoes, carrots and rutabaga’s all washed down with Glogi (mulled wine).
Germans enjoy goose or carp although port or duck may be served accompanied by cabbage, potatoes and brussel sprouts.
The Irish meal sounds very familiar with turkey, ham, brussel sprouts, roast potatoes, stuffing and vegetables.
In Norway, the traditional meal is focused on “Svineribb” whish is pork belly prepared with seasoning that allows for the right amount of ‘crackling’. Side dishes include sauerkraut, red currant sauce, bread and akevitt to wash it down. From personal experience, watch out for that akevitt!!!!
Boiled dry-salted codfish with cabbage, boiled potatoes, eggs, chickpeas and onions is tradition in Portugal.
Last but not least is the Britain where turkey with stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, roast potatoes, brussel spouts, parsnips, carrots and Christmas pudding are standard fare.
What is your traditional Christmas dinner?