Traditional Christmas Food around Europe

toa-heftiba-WsDF95mSUsI-unsplashChristmas is about spending time with loved ones, cheerful lights, sparkling presents and tasty food! Here are some of the traditional Christmas dishes from all over Europe.

France and its foie gras

foie gras

Foie gras with toasted bread and figues

The Pays Basque, a South-Western region of France, has a long tradition of foie gras making. It is a delicacy as the liver of a goose or duck has been fattened by a process of force-feeding. For Christmas, it is served as an appetizer on toasted bread and a bottle of wine.


The UK and its mince pies

UK Mince Pies

Tasty mince pies for Santa Claus

Mince pies are sweet pies filled with a mixture of dried fruits – sultanas and raisins – and spices. There are best served straight out of the oven while they are still warm and crispy. Typically, a few mince pies would be set by the chimney for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. In the morning, a couple of bites would be missing from each one.


Italy and its pasta al forno

Pasta al forno

Christmas pasta al forno

Each region has its own traditional Christmas food. In the south of Italy, it’s pasta al forno, which translates to baked pasta. Pasta al forno is a celebration of abundance so you will find just about everything in it: long-simmered ragù, fried tiny meatballs, salami, hard-boiled eggs, chunks of cheese and a creamy bechamel sauce. Put in in the oven to bake, and there you have it!

Spain and its turrón

Sweet turrón with Christmas lights

Sweet turrón with Christmas lights

Similar to Italy, Spain has its own regional traditions, one of those is turrón traditionally from the Alicante region.  Closely related to nougat, it is typically made from almonds.  Nowadays though all different kinds are for sale, from those made from peanuts or walnuts to bars filled with candied fruit. There is one for every person!


Sweden and its risgrynsgröt

A warm Risgrynsgröt

A warm Risgrynsgröt

Also called Santa’s Porridge, this rice pudding is a traditional Christmas food made of rice. Risgrynsgröt has a clumpy consistency and is often served with milk and cinnamon. According to tradition, an almond should be hidden in the rice pudding and whoever finds it should marry in the next year.


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