No matter what holiday you celebrate, winter classics such as eggnog, stuffing, and sugar cookies frequent our tables in the U.S. But this year, we could all use a little more cheer, so break out the aprons and have some fun spicing up your traditional holiday menu with unique, eclectic recipes from all over the globe!
Latkes, or potato pancakes fried in oil, are a delicious and important part of Hanukkah tradition. This delicacy serves as a symbol to recognize that the Second Temple kept the Menorah burning with oil for eight days.
One of the most common Italian Christmas staples is the panettone, a formed bread made with candied fruit, chocolate, raisins, and nuts. This fun dessert originates from Northern Italy, in Milan.
Tamales are a Costa Rican holiday tradition. Although every family has their own “secret” recipe or variation, they’re generally stuffed with pork, beef, or chicken and wrapped in either a corn husk or banana leaf.
In England, it’s not the holidays without figgy pudding, also known as plum pudding, Christmas pudding, and “pud.” Traditionally, this dish is lit on fire using brandy right before it’s served. A tasty and entertaining dessert for your guests!
Jollof rice is a common West African-inspired dish that’s popular for Kwanzaa. Similar to a Spanish paella or Louisiana jambalaya, this rice dish is packed with spice and flavor and commonly served alongside black-eyed peas.
La bûche de Noël is a festive French cake that represents the Yule log. Back in the day, people would go out and find a piece of wood—a Yule log—that they would take home, sprinkle with wine, and burn on Christmas Eve. This sponge cake made with chocolate buttercream tastes as amazing as it looks!
Weihnachtsgan, or roast goose, is a popular item at the center of a classic German holiday meal. This dish dates back to the Middle Ages, and the goose is often stuffed with apples, chestnuts, prunes, and more.
Mexican hot chocolate is the perfect mixture of comfort and kick for those cold winter days. Made with 100% cocoa powder, cinnamon, chili, and topped with marshmallows, it’s like a hug in a mug!
Banh chung is a much-loved sticky rice cake enjoyed during Tết, the Vietnamese New Year. Made out of sticky rice, pork, mung beans, and a variety of sauces and spices, it’s as yummy as it is presentable! In addition to the great taste, it’s traditionally placed in front of family altars in respect to ancestors and hope for the upcoming year.
Melomakaronasare delicious orange-zest cookies that are soaked in honey after baking and topped with walnuts. Melomakarona resembles baklava in taste and is a common treat during the holidays in Greece.
Before channeling your inner chef this holiday season, it’s important to brush up on kitchen safety and first aid.
The most common kitchen injuries are burns and cuts—here’s how to treat them:
For all medical emergencies, skip the wait and visit Kyle ER & Hospital for immediate help. Our highly trained staff takes pride in providing our community with the most effective and efficient emergency treatment in a comfortable environment. We’re here to assist you 24/7—including holidays!
From our family at Kyle ER & Hospital to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!