A festive dinner is the best way to tie together a Christmas celebration, whether it’s a Southern-inspired spread with glazed ham and buttered turnip greens or an Icelandic feast centered around roasted grouse with bilberry sauce. Use any one of these 5 complete menus—inspired by the cuisines of Puerto Rico, Germany, the United States, Italy, and Iceland—as the blueprint for a perfect holiday meal.
The Feast of Seven Fishes
Celebrated by Italian-American families across the U.S., the Feast of Seven Fishes commemorates the wait for the midnight birth of Jesus, or the Vigilia di Natale. This year, start your own family tradition with these festive, Italian-inflected seafood recipes, from lobster fra diavolo (spicy lobster with pasta in tomato sauce) to sautéed sole topped with olives.
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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.
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Hugh Acheson’s Georgia Christmas
The regional larder in Georgia inspires Canadian-born chef and Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson’s Christmas menu. Field pea gratin, carrots vichy, and buttery roasted Hakurei turnips join a maple-and-mustard-glazed ham for a festive, celebratory meal.
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A Puerto Rican Christmas
Celebrate Christmas with quintessential Puerto Rican fare, from crispy plaintain fritters with stewed shrimp to classic
pernil asado, roast pork shoulder with a spicy sweet sauce. Remember to serve plenty of coquito, a festive, tropical eggnog flavored with coconut and rum.
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A Bavarian Christmas
This holiday, celebrate with a cozy dinner of warming German classics, including hearty braised pork roast with root vegetables and irresistible Christmas cookies.
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