Feliz Navidad! Are you looking to add a touch of Spanish flair to your holiday meal? Look no further than these delicious Christmas recipes from Spain. Try out traditional dishes such as roast pork with garlic and herbs or the hearty stew known as cocido. For dessert, indulge in the sweet pastry known as polvorones or the classic holiday treat of turrón. Try traditional Spanish Christmas recipes to add a new twist to your holiday meal. For example, try to impress your guests and add a cultural flair to your holiday feast. Try Christmas appetizers in Spain. Making traditional arepas only contains three ingredients and is relatively easy to make.
A famous Spanish Christmas dish is “Puerco en adobo,” a pork roast in a spicy sauce made of garlic, paprika, and other spices. Typically served with “papas a la importancia,” potatoes cooked in a tomato sauce, and often served with a fried egg on top. For a side dish, “cranberry bean” is a traditional Spanish dish made with cranberry beans, chorizo, and bacon. The beans are cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce and served with crusty bread for dipping. Or try mixed fish fritters with romesco sauce. Finally, fry a variety of seafood in small batches, adding more to the platter. Everyone will be able to eat it crisp and sizzling hot that way.
One classic Spanish Christmas dish is “roscón de Reyes,” a sweet pastry traditionally served on the Feast of the Epiphany. This round cake is made with yeast dough, filled with cream or fruit, and topped with candied fruits and a tiny baby Jesus figurine inside the cake. One who finds the figure in their slice is said to have good luck for the rest of the year. For dessert, “turron” is a traditional Spanish nougat made with almonds, honey, and sugar. It comes in two varieties, hard and soft. It is a delightful and decadent treat often served in thin slices. Finally, Arepas, cornmeal cakes, were first made in a region that is now Colombia, Venezuela, and Panama hundreds of years ago—traditionally prepared in a pan. However, you can also grill, bake, or fry them.
Lastly, it’s impossible to talk about Spanish Christmas recipes without mentioning “turkey with truffle,” a traditional dish becoming increasingly popular in Spain. The turkey is stuffed with truffle and cooked with red wine and fruit sauce, giving it a unique and delicious flavor. For a lighter option, consider “Ensalada de Navidad,” a Christmas salad made with greens, nuts, dried fruits, and cheese. This salad is a great way to add color and nutrition to your holiday meal. Lighter main meal options would include fish.
The food of Spain is as diverse as its history. Rich in Flavour and creativity, we owe a great deal to the Spanish, whose influences come worldwide. These are just a few delicious Spanish Christmas recipes you can try out this season. Whether you’re looking to create a main dish, a side dish, a light meal, or a dessert, there’s sure to be a Spanish recipe that will suit your taste. So why not add cultural flair to your holiday meal this year and try these traditional Spanish Christmas dishes?