6 Delicacies that Reflect the Spirit of Christmas
Christmas 2021 is just around the corner, but the preparations have already started, and we can’t wait for the Christmas holidays to begin. That time of the year has come when the chilly air and festive tidings beckon us to jam around our room heaters, and we can't help but dream about wreaths hung on doors and old-fashioned fireplaces decorated with socks on the occasion of Christmas 2021. Moreover, who doesn’t like a lit Christmas tree with a big pile of gifts under it! Christmas, as we all know, is the Christian festival that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th.
Attending Midnight Mass with friends and family is a special tradition of Christmas where churches are decorated with candles and poinsettia flowers, especially for this important service. Later, there is a feast of different delicacies, which often includes biryani, after which gifts are exchanged.
A lot of exciting events like carol singing competitions, Christmas markets and fairs, etc usually leads to the main day. A number of bakeries and home bakers start stocking up on goodies, including cakes, cookies, and other desserts.
Traditions may change across the country, but at their heart lies food, and in a country as diverse as India, the food too is rich and wide-ranging. After all, who doesn’t like enjoying those delicious traditional Christmas food! The pandemic may dull the gatherings, but the food (and wine) are always there. Therefore, we can’t wait to talk about 6 mouth-watering delicacies that reflect the spirit of Christmas!
Red potatoes, cut into quarters
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
It’s no surprise that the crispy, crunchy roast potatoes are one of the most favourite special Christmas delicacies! Loved by all, this vegetarian side dish couldn’t be easier to make as the perfect side to your main Christmas special dish.
4 Egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
1 pint whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 ounces bourbon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 egg whites
Eggnog is a sweetened, chilled, rich, dairy-based beverage. It is traditionally made with milk, sugar, cream, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks. This simple egg and milk punch is enjoyed on Christmas Eve as a chilled drink. Also, people in many countries prefer adding distilled spirits like brandy, rum, whisky and bourbon to eggnog.
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
125 gms almonds, chopped
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups mixed fruits (sultanas, raisins, candied peels and cherries), chopped
2 cups refined flour
An 8 inch round cake tin, lined with a double layer of grease-proof or brown paper at the bottom and on the sides.
Plum cake, also known as fruit cake, refers to a wide range of cakes that are made with either dried fruit (such as currants, prunes, or raisins) or with fresh fruit. The one that we traditionally prepare during Christmas is made using candied or dried fruits, nuts and also a number of warming spices. You can also try adding dried fruits and nuts to the cake batter after soaking them in spirits like rum.
Also known as spiced wine, Mulled wine is another delicacy that reflects the spirit of Christmas. It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas. Mulled Wine is prepared using red wine and a number of mulling spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, star anise, etc. Served hot, this alcoholic beverage helps you tackle the winter chill! However, don’t worry if you are a teetotaller as these days the non-alcoholic versions of the wine are also available for you to enjoy in Christmas 2021.
2 3/4 c. chocolate chips
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsp. heavy cream
4 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
3 tbsp. Christmas sprinkles
On the Christmas dessert table, fudge holds its own next to pies and cakes.
1 (3 pound) whole chicken, giblets removed
salt and black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon onion powder, or to taste
½ cup margarine, divided
1 stalk celery, leaves removed
Moist, juicy on the inside, tasty and packed full of flavours, how can your Christmas dinner table go without a perfectly roasted chicken until the skin turns golden! This roast chicken has to be a sure winner on your table. After all, how can this list of special Christmas dishes and Christmas delicacies be complete without adding a tender roasted chicken onto it!
Did your favourite Christmas food make it to the list? If not, then you try making some of these Christmas delicacies above. You never know, amongst these you may find your favourite!
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