Menu: A Christmas Dinner in Iceland

Iceland Christmas Menu
A Christmas Dinner in Iceland
For their most intimate family celebration of the year, Icelanders gather around the Christmas dinner table for game, seafood, and delectable desserts. This diverse holiday feast includes creamy, curry-laced langoustines, luscious grouse with berries, and crisp fried leaf bread. See the menu for a Christmas Dinner in Iceland »Ingalls Photography/Ariana Lindquist
Icelandic shortbread and prune jam layer cake
Shortbread and Prune Jam Layer Cake (Vínarterta)
This special-occasion cake features layers of cardamom-scented shortbread baked until golden and lightly crisp, sandwiching homemade prune filling under a thin coffee glaze.Ingalls Photography

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  1. Prepare the langoustine soup in advance since it requires a homemade stock; after removing and crushing the heads and shells of the langoustines, chill the tail meat until ready to use. Prepare the stock as instructed and reserve.
  2. Make the shortbread layer cake dough in advance; chill the dough for at least an hour before baking.
  3. You can substitute partridge for the grouse, or find wild grouse at exoticmeatmarkets.com »
  4. Leaf bread, a crisp flatbread decorated with intricate designs, is a holiday tradition in Iceland. Made of a thin, waferlike dough, it's cut into geometric patterns, then deep-fried and saved to be eaten as an accompaniment to Christmas dinner. See our step-by-step guide to making it »