Holiday Recipes From Around The Globe — Amazing Mouth-Watering Eats!

Posted on Dec 17 2016 - 10:18am by Editor

Christmas is a week away — time to start planning menus. Impress your guests this holiday with some quick and easy holiday delights from around the globe and stateside.

Holiday Biscotti

For the third day of Christmas, treat your guests to an Italian favorite and serve these biscotti with some coffee.

German Pot Roast (Sauerbraten)

Let your slow cooker do most of the work for the fourth day of Christmas with this pot roast, one of Germany’s best-known dishes.

Dijon Maple Glazed Spiral Ham

Besides being an excellent choice for a holiday meal, ham is also one of the easiest American main dishes you can prepare for a large group. 

Apple Mincemeat Pie

Apple mincemeat pie is a holiday tradition from across the pond. It will be a silent night indeed as this British savory treat keeps your guests’ mouths full.

Christmas Stollen

Christmas isn’t complete without the fruitcake, and this Christstollen is a holiday staple in Germany — it’s similar to the Dutch Kerststol and the Italian panettone. 

Feast of the Seven Fishes

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a meal served in Italian households on La Vigilia (Christmas Eve). In many parts of Italy, the night is traditionally a partial fast, during which no meat should be served.

Rum-and-Pomegranate Glazed Roast Duck 

This duck dish is to die for! If you’re looking for a less-traditional and more adventurous Christmas dinner, why not give duck a try? Duck is prized for its rich flavor and thick, fatty skin that is hard to resist when cooked until crisp. Duck is often cooked with a sweet glaze because it helps the skin caramelize and crisp up. A hint of sweetness also goes well with the slightly gamey flavor of the meat.

 

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  • Sunflower

    Only Allaboutthetea could presents its readers and posters with this colorful Christmas Feast!!

    I have been snacking on The Dutch version of German Christollen, which is “Kerstbrood”, since Thanksgiving, savoring pieces with Gouda Cheese – another grand Dutch Staple!!
    I make my “Kerstbrood” with white golden raisins and rum soaked brown raisins only – no powdered sugar!

    The rum-and-pomegranate glazed Duck will be my next cooking venture, once I find the perfect recipe to conceive this exact same picture.
    As you can tell… anything with RUM is a must try for me during the Holidays!!

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL….!!!

    • RHONJ Fan

      Sounds absoluetly yummy.

    • Why is this happening to us?

      Sounds delicious! Does the kerstbrood have the marzipan in the middle like stollen?
      Good luck with the duck!
      Happy Holidays!

      • Sunflower

        I don’t use marzipan (marsepein) in my Kerstbrood.
        I used to make cookies or cinnamon rolls filled with marzipan.
        I might make some for New Year’s Eve.
        Yummy…

        • Why is this happening to us?

          Yummy! Lol. I think you should make some for New Year’s!
          I like marzipan, but I’d probably prefer the bread the way you make it, without the marzipan in it.
          Does the marzipan come pre made? Or do you make it with the almond paste? I’m not sure if marzipan is the same as almond paste or if there is something else added to it.
          I use that sometimes when I make the Italian pignoli (pine nut) cookies. It’s really expensive between the pine nuts and the almond paste and the recipe doesnt yield that many cookies, so now I just buy them from the Italian bakery! lol. Cheaper and easier! 🙂

          • Sunflower

            I buy the pre-made marzipan and I add some pure vanilla extract to it.

          • Why is this happening to us?

            Sounds delicious!

        • Magdalena

          Make marzipan cookies and they are heavenly. My Grandmother’s recipe.

          • Sunflower

            So delicious… and buttery!

  • Trippinhhard

    What a beautiful table of food.. Ummm wish it would just show up at my house..

  • Bryan

    All looks good, we are having HAM!!! this year LOL

  • RHONJ Fan

    Lovely presentation AATT. I’m blown away and will try a few for my Christmas table. Traditionally I do cornish hens and duck a l’orange. But I will add a few new ones to the table.

    • Sunflower

      The weekend after Thanksgiving I always bake about 2 or 3 stuffed Cornish hens to serve to anyone who drops by the house.
      Japanese sweet potatoes (white), sautéed stringbeans with chafed almonds and some bubbly.
      Life is Good…. LG…!!

      • Why is this happening to us?

        Nice! I’m coming to your house! lol

        • RHONJ Fan

          That makes 2 of us.

        • Sunflower

          LOL…
          Feel free to stop by…

          • Why is this happening to us?

            🙂

      • RHONJ Fan

        This sounds fabulous and very entertaining of you to prepare such a festive feast for your friends. The hens are my favorite and so easy to prepare.

        • Sunflower

          My neighbors will drop by every 5 minutes to “borrow some salt.”
          You know what I mean…
          Hahaha…!

  • Contessa Bel Raven

    Thankfully I just have to prepare Christmas breakfast this year. Ham steaks and a bacon strata are on the menu. Christmas dinner is going to be prepared by my son and his good friend/possible girlfriend. I am contributing dessert. Individual choc/peppermint cheesecake. Had to find a use for candy canes. Will crush some up and place in the cheesecake and as garnish. I made some Scottish shortbread with a choc/peanut butter topping but that is almost gone so will have to make some more closer to the day so my boys can at least get some lol. Am also thinking of making a variation on jam buttons by doing another Scottish shortbread with a layer of jam between 2 layers or maybe 3. Simple is the way for me to make it through the holidays this year. Still trying to find my holiday spirit this year. I have no decorations nor a Christmas tree up yet. Used to be my fav holiday but now I just want to survive.

    • Sunflower

      Would love to stop by your house for Christmas Breakfast.
      Ham steaks and Bacon strata sounds delicious.
      Cheesecake with candy canes… mouthwatering with a delicious homemade Cappuccino and Cinnamon.
      Your Scottish Shortbread with jam… Oh my..!!
      All of the above doesn’t sound simple to me.
      Eventhough you do not have full-on Christmas Decorations… you could still buy a beautiful Red Poinsettia for the Living room or the Kitchen.
      HAPPY HOLIDAYS…..!!!@

      • Contessa Bel Raven

        Shortbread is so easy to make. Butter, flour and sugar mixed together with your hands and then flattened into the baking pan. Bake and then cut before cooling. I never realized how simple it could be to make. To put the jam will just pat down the bottom layer, spread jam over it then pat down the rest on top. Easy peasy. Lol you’re more than welcome to my table though will be kind of squashed in my tiny apt lol Merry Christmas to you as well. No real room for poinsettias as I have a ton of regular plants. My Christmas cactus has been blooming away so hopefully they will continue for Christmas. I did make a wreath and a marquee purple/silver Christmas tree so will at least hang those up. Here is the wreath I made. Can you tell purple is my fav colour? Lol https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3dc302c4d456125f8648253469c7c0dc939fb34761e45f10980641ac95a30c8c.jpg

        • Sunflower

          Thanks for sharing your Shortbread recipe. I like the crumbly shortbread cookies the most.
          You’re a great Do-It-Yourself Artiste.
          Wreath photo is beautiful.
          Your Purple Wreath could definitely stay up until Easter.

          • Contessa Bel Raven

            Lol once I put it up it may just stay up ALL year. Thanks. I love doing creative stuff. It’s one thing my disabilities can’t take from me.

          • Sunflower

            Good for you..
            Creativity keeps the mind strong.
            Sitting around and putting eats away at life.
            Great you have kids who are close to you.
            Wonderful!

  • Magdalena

    Sauerbraten und Stollen…..delicious!

    • Sunflower

      Sauerbraten on this snowy day and some warm German cabbage salad (Krautsalat), makes you want to live!!!

      • Magdalena

        True. Now I want some 😋

      • Why is this happening to us?

        I love the red cabbage! I’ve made it a few times and its so good! A restaurant I used to go to would make braised red cabbage and then serve it with some fresh goat cheese crumbled on top….it was amazing! It probably doesn’t sound too appetizing, but the creaminess from the goat cheese really goes well with the tangy flavor of the cabbage.

        • Sunflower

          I love goat cheese…
          Will try it with warm red cabbage one day!
          Say what you will… the Fall/Winter season has typical foods for the Soul.
          Easy to prepare… if you like the kitchen!

          • Why is this happening to us?

            I love cooking and I like baking even more. I enjoy doing it when I’m not rushed for time- I find it therapeutic in a way. I don’t enjoy it as much when I HAVE to do it, like on weeknights when I’m tired after a long day, etc. I try to cook a few nights per week so we don’t have to eat out.
            Try it with the goat cheese (chèvre)…I think you’ll really like it if you are a fan of goat cheese. I would never think to prepare it that way, but since having it in the restaurant, I only eat it now with the cheese on top! Lol

          • Sunflower

            I definitely will try it with goat cheese. The reason why I cook a variety of different dishes… is the fact that I trained my Palate to try everything… even if it doesn’t look appetizing.
            Guess what… I made the Sauerbraten today with Beef Short Ribs and when almost done.. added some Heineken Beer. I cooked it in my crockpot. Served it with red garlicky potatoes and sauteed Spinach.
            It was delicious…!!

          • Why is this happening to us?

            Wow! That sounds AMAZING! I’m sure it was great with the short ribs and beer.
            My grandmother’s sauerbraten would need to be prepared several days ahead and marinated with ginger snaps and some other stuff. I think it stays in the fridge like 5 days or something crazy like that! I remember thinking it was an awful long time to keep raw meat in the fridge. I’ll have to get the recipe out and try it this winter. 🙂

          • Sunflower

            Crockpot… Short Ribs and Beer… makes for a faster and easier Sauerbraten.
            I for one do not like to keep meat in the fridge for a long time, but marinated Beef for Sauerbraten is not to bad.
            Our generation is not that patient.
            Recipe… marinate for an hour or two… GO.

          • Why is this happening to us?

            That sounds so much easier to do it in the crockpot.
            I actually had a crockpot and I gave it away some years ago. I want to buy a good one- they have some nice ones now with many more features than mine had. I just had a very cheap basic one. They’ve come a long way in recent years (and so have the recipes! Lol).

    • Why is this happening to us?

      Love Sauerbraten! Don’t think I’ve ever had stollen…I will have to try it if I can find it!

      • Sunflower

        A similar version of “Christmas Stollen” you can find in New York City @ Zabars Specialty Foods or Dean & Deluca.

        • Why is this happening to us?

          My uncle used to be a manger at Zabar’s in their Grand Central locations…lol. He doesn’t work there anymore, but maybe he can get it since he is still in the industry. Thanks for the tip! I’m sure I’ll find it somewhere. We do have Some German bakeries around.

          • Sunflower

            Of course you should buy it from a German Bakery.
            They usually sell it without the powdered sugar… which you can add to it when serving!

          • Why is this happening to us?

            Good idea! 🙂

          • Magdalena

            I am my own German bakery. Most of those things are pretty easy to bake.

          • Sunflower

            Of course they are easy if you have a good recipe or if you are German.
            It’s just easier sometimes to buy some goodies, because of time spent on preparation of other meals to be served.

          • Magdalena

            I have my mother’s and grandmother’s recipes. Love Christmas baking.

          • Sunflower

            The old fashioned recipes are the best.
            We are all so lucky to have those and bring back our childhood to memory!!!

      • Magdalena

        The one in the picture has marzipan in the middle. Love marzipan.

        • Why is this happening to us?

          Mmm…lol…me too! ☺

  • the underground train

    Where is the Christmas goose?

  • Why is this happening to us?

    We celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, where we have only seafood- shrimp scampi, linguini with clam sauce, lobster, and several types of fish cooked different ways (at least 7 or more fish/seafood dishes total) . We don’t eat meat on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve is more celebratory in my house than Christmas Day. We stay up until after midnight and then open the gifts on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day. Of course, the kids still open their gifts from Santa on Christmas morning.

    On Christmas Day, we eat homemade manicotti (my grandmother’s recipe) and then we always have a rib roast (prime rib) with potatoes, vegetables and all the usual side dishes.
    Dessert for both days are always Italian pastries (cannoli, etc), cheesecake, tiramisu and biscotti.
    Just thinking about all this is making me hungry! Lol. Can’t wait!
    Happy Holidays everyone! 🎄🦌🎅🏻🤶🏻☃️🎁🎉🎊

    • Sunflower

      Hmmm…. sounds delicious and so abundant.
      Our family tradition is Evening Mass on Christmas Eve… thereafter lots of food… presents exchange for adults… and Christmas morning for the kids!
      Happy Holidays!!!

      • Why is this happening to us?

        We don’t usually have an abundance of food like that unless it’s a holiday…lol. We also have about 25 people for each holiday, so it sounds like a lot of food, but we make a little bit of everything.
        We used to stay up late and go to midnight mass, but it was kind of a rush to eat and get everything cleaned up and out of the house in time for mass. The midnight mass is so crowded here, so the church is cramped and uncomfortable, kids are tired and cranky, etc., so we stopped going. It would probably be better to go to mass early and then eat afterward, but many people in my family (including my husband) work on Christmas Eve, so it’s not feasible. Now everyone just goes to church on their own, usually on Christmas Day and does their own thing with their kids Christmas morning and then we all meet up later on for early dinner.

        • Sunflower

          Christmas Mass at night is very tricky.
          I have to take a nap, which is sometimes impossible because I am in the kitchen 24/7 preparing for Christmas.
          A family of 25… is really a Christmas Miracle if everyone gets along…!!
          Niiiiiiicccccceeeeee….

          • Why is this happening to us?

            It is tricky! Lol. I know how you feel being in the kitchen 24/7. Between that and wrapping gifts, etc. it’s a wonder I have time to get dressed and comb my hair, nevermind makeup!
            Everyone gets along (thank god lol). Now at my in-laws house, it’s another story! I try not to go there if I can help it. I didn’t grow up that way, so for me it’s shocking to see people fighting with each other every time they are together, especially on a holiday. Smh. Unbelievable…

          • Sunflower

            You have me laughing soo hard…!!
            We all have a “fighting Holiday story”.
            My in-laws are from Norway… and my father-in-law gets very sentimental when he has a few glasses of wine. He will get mad all over again at things that happened 25 years ago….!
            I call it the “Awakening of the Fighting Spirit”… and what a SPIRIT that is…!

          • Why is this happening to us?

            Haha! So true! En vino veritas! Lol. The truth definitely comes out after some wine and spirits!
            My family is Italian American. I am 1/4 German, but my German grandmother died when I was 5 and all the German traditions died with her (she could make a mean sauerbraten and dumplings!). I was raised with Italian traditions, especially since my mom is 100% Italian.
            My husband’s family is from Croatia. He is the first generation born here. They don’t know how to have a conversation without yelling! Especially after some drinks! Now I’m not stereotyping, but this is my personal observation…lol..I guess that’s how they show their love… lol
            Do you make any Norwegian specialties? I don’t even think I know of any!

          • Sunflower

            Oh my… Sauerbraten and dumplings… that is some deep German cuisine, mostly consumed during OktoberFest!!
            Beer and dumplings (Semmelknoedel) go hand in hand…

            Of course I keep the heart of my hubby fond with Norwegian Creamy cabbage, Lamb – cabbage and potatoes (crockpot), Fish dishes and his favorite Eplekake = Apple Cake. (Credit for my mom-in-law helping me to perfect most dishes).
            We both like Norwegian pickled herring (sardines)!
            Best part is when I announce I am cooking especially Norwegian … he is front and center in the kitchen.

          • Why is this happening to us?

            That sounds wonderful! You are a great wife to cook all his favorite dishes! It’s nice to keep traditions alive. My mom makes my grandmother’s sauerbraten every once in a while. I haven’t tried to make it myself yet, but one of these days I will. 😊
            I forgot that they eat a lot of fish in Scandinavia. I’m not a big lover of fish, so I don’t know how I would survive living there! lol. I certainly wouldn’t need to diet! Lol
            My husband’s family is from Croatia and they eat lots of fish too (mostly whole grilled fish very simple with just olive oil and garlic and parsley drizzled over it after it’s done). I don’t really make it at home, so he eats it when we go out to eat or go visit his parents.

          • Sunflower

            Oy vey…
            My husband in the Summer acts like he was born in Texas.
            Steaks or Veal on the grill is his go to food for the Summer.

          • Why is this happening to us?

            That’s easy enough! At least it’s quick to grill steaks, etc.
            Guys love grilling meat…I don’t get it…lol…but if he cooks it himself, that’s an added bonus for you!

          • Why is this happening to us?

            PS- I actually made a mistake…lol..my uncle worked for Zaro’s Bread Basket, not Zabar’s. I’m sure I’ll find the stollen somewhere, otherwise I’ll make it myself! (Just not for Christmas- have too much to do between now and then).

          • Magdalena

            Midnight Mass is great. With a few cups of Gluehwein in me….it feels extra festive. My grandfather used to tell me all kinds of spooky stories about Midnight Mass. It scared me silly bit I would not have wanted to miss sitting there and waiting for some crazy witch to attack me …

          • Sunflower

            Aha… forgot about Gluehwein.
            So much goodness to be had.
            Your grandfather was a funny man telling scary stories…. but nothing could stop you from going to Mass, because deep down you knew that the Angels would protect you from the witches..!!
            LOL!

          • Magdalena

            Haha….deep down inside I always hoped that I would get a glimpse of one of those pesky witches. I knew my grandfather had all kinds of experience getting away from them and he would protect me.

  • RunningWithWine

    We do duck or goose, this year is duck with orange sauce and oatmeal stuffing. Last year was a tawny port glazed goose with a port sauce.

    • Sunflower

      Sounds delicious. Unfortunately I have never had Oatmeal stuffing.
      What else do you serve with the duck?

      • RunningWithWine

        Usually roast potatos and brussle sprouts. The oatmeal stuffing is a Scottish thing.

        • Sunflower

          Aha… Scottish.
          We all incorporate our childhood food traditions in our meals… Amazing.
          I will definitely look into a recipe for Oatmeal stuffing.
          Happy Holidays!!!!

          • RunningWithWine

            Thanks Happy Holidays to you as well. If you ever make the oatmeal stuffing you will enjoy it, it’s excellent with the sweet orange sauce.

    • Why is this happening to us?

      Wow! That sounds amazing! Never heard of oatmeal stuffing before, but I’m sure it’s great! Happy Holidays to you and your family! Enjoy your feast! 😄

  • RealitytvJunkie

    All of the food looks scrumptious. I wish I could cook but I will pass this along to my family members that can cook. I want to try that duck because I love peking duck.

    • Sunflower

      I also love succulent Peking Duck with plain white rice and Chinese sauteed Bok-Choy.
      When travelling in Indonesia a few years ago, I had a dish of Country Style Duck… several times for lunch and dinner, because the taste was so amazing.
      The Country Style Duck has a “Light Soy rub marinated in pieces of Tempeh”, scallions, salt and pepper.
      Tempeh is a staple in South East Asian dishes… Delicious!

      • Your posts are making my mouth water. I need to get a cooking lesson from you.

        • Sunflower

          Sure….
          🙂
          I get high on delicious food, intelligent conversations and good music, even if it’s “Jingle Bell”..!!

    • Hey RTvJ….it sure does!