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What does Mexican food have to do with Christmas?

December 11, 2018

Everything! We LOVE Christmas! The Latino zest for extraordinary food reaches new horizons during this season. Deep spiritual convictions and strong religious traditions are hallmarks of the Mexican culture. The Christmas season is immersed in rituals and ceremonies, all accompanied by sumptuous food.

 

We begin the festivities with delicious dishes on December 12th and carry on to Christmas Eve – what we call “noche Buena” - when we enjoy a feast-laden table for our late evening family dinner. We don’t stop until The Day of Three Kings “El Dia de los Reyes” on January 6th.


What kind of Mexican dishes and drinks can you expect to be served during the holiday season? Here are five of our favourite main courses:

Did you know turkey is native to Mexico? “Pavo” or turkey breast, is a popular choice for a Mexican Christmas Eve dinner. The Christmas turkey may be roasted, or it may be served with mole, a rich sauce made of ground chiles and other ingredients.

 

Tamale parties are a major Christmas tradition in Mexican family life. They are very time-consuming to prepare, usually only made on special occasions in large batches few times throughout the year. Family members joyfully gather together in parties called “tamaladas” to form an assembly-line in the kitchen to make, then enjoy, the fruits of their labour. Tamales are cornmeal dumplings which may be prepared with a variety of different fillings. They are wrapped in corn husks or occasionally banana leaves and steamed.

 

"Bacalao Navideño" is our traditional Christmas Eve dinner when we create a luscious combo of dried and salted codfish, slow-simmered with roasted tomatoes, capers, olives and potatoes. It can also include garlic, onions, olives, parsley, and raisins.

 

Ensalada de Noche Buena
A festive and colourful Mexican Christmas Salad, it usually contains lettuce and beets, and may also include apple, carrot, orange, pineapple, jicama, pecans or peanuts, and pomegranate seeds as a garnish. 

 

Pozole
Pozole is a hearty soup made with coarsely ground corn, pork or chicken and seasoned with chile and garlic. It is served with garnishes of shredded lettuce or cabbage, thinly sliced radishes, avocado, oregano, and lime wedges. 

 

Stroll on down to Rica Salsa and ask Mexican Chef Ricardo Becerra to make you something extra tantalizing to put a tingle in your toes and a spring in your step during the holidays. 

Want to add a touch of Mexico to your celebration by including traditional Mexican foods to your office or home party this season? Give us a call to book us to cater your event.
 

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