11 Christmas Day Delicacies

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Tis’ the season to be jolly! I’m no magician, but there’s no denying that one reason everyone gets excited about this time of the year is the variety of food available to feast during the yuletide. 

The year 2020 has hit everyone in different, unexplainable ways. Some folks have had it too rough, and some have had it seemingly pleasant. It is only right we all try to round the year up with exciting delicacies this Christmas around family, friends, and co-workers. 

Today I’ll be sharing a few dishes I believe you should try out with your family and friends this Christmas:

  • Jollof rice is a western African delicacy. The Jollof rice is a regular dish in Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal. It is unknown what country the dish originates from, but there’s no doubt that it’s a special dish. Jollof rice (J-rice) can be prepared plain (with no features) or garnished with vegetables and proteins to personal taste. During festive seasons, it is common to put in extra attention during the preparation of the meal. Please have a bowl of Jollof rice on your table this Christmas ?. 
  • Christmas Roast: Traditional Christmas dinner or roast, features turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables such as carrots, turnip, parsnips, etc. Other types of poultry, roast beef, or ham are also used. For dessert, pumpkin or apple pie, raisin pudding, Christmas pudding, or fruitcake are the staple.
  • Roast Potatoes: Potatoes in any form are a delight. You already know it as a go-to side dish, but with a little help from some pantry staples, it can be the star of a delicious and comforting, wallet-friendly meal. Roast Potatoes require gentle grill, a variety of vegetables, roasted/grilled chicken or fish to be taken with wine.
  • What’s Christmas without finger snacks or small chops? Growing up, I always looked forward to Christmas because these were made in excess! Definitely, a go-to meal. 
  • Gizdodo and Plantains: Gizdodo is an excellent side meal you should have on your plate this Christmas. It is ideal for Christmas parties and hangouts. 
  • Nigerian Fried Rice: The iconic Nigerian fried rice. Best thing since sliced bread. This is an elite meal for any Christmas party. 
  • Grilled Fish, Fried yam, fried plantains, and peppered tomato sauce is an elite meal you should definitely get on your menu, this Christmas. It’s a bang and very nice if you’re planning on hosting a Christmas party. 
  • A wide range of traditional Nigerian soups is prepared during the festivity. Nigeria’s diversity in cultures provides a wide variety of locally made soups attributed to each culture. Traditional soups are often taken with swallow foods, e.g. tuwo or pounded yam (why were you expecting amala?). 
  • Glazed gammon (ham) is a classic festive dish in South Africa. It is said that Christmas lunch is not complete without it! Gammon is a large cut of boneless pork traditionally cooked on the stove with vegetables and then roasted in the oven.
  • Suya: A delightful street treat! Suya aka roasted meat ? with suya spices. Suya is an excellent addition to any Christmas gathering.
  • Sweets and Treats: What’s Christmas without sweets and treats? Get some treats now, while Christmas shopping so you can share with friends and family. 

Last modified: December 15, 2020

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