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Latin Caribbean Christmas Menu

Latin and Caribbean Recipes Traditionally Served During Christmas


Enjoy these Latin Caribbean dishes during Christmas. Here is a menu that will help you prepare an unforgettable, flavorful Christmas meal with recipes from the Latin Caribbean islands.

1. Pasteles

Making and serving pasteles at Christmas time is a Puerto Rican tradition. It's hard work, but well worth the effort. Get together a bunch of friends and make a day of it. Be sure to make enough for everyone to take home.

2. Pork Roast - Pernil

Normally, a whole roasted suckling pig is the preferred meat for the holidays on the the Spanish speaking Caribbean islands. If you don't have a whole pig to cook, here is a perfect scaled-down version using a shoulder picnic cut or butt roast. Use leftovers to make wonderful sandwiches.

3. Rice with Pigeon Peas - Arroz con Gandules

Any special occasion meal in Puerto Rico would not be complete without Arroz con Gandules. Afterall, Rice with Pigeon Peas is Puerto Rico's national dish. This recipe is a rice and pea dish seasoned with sofrito and diced ham.

4. Bread Pudding - Pudín de Pan

Every culture seems to have their own version of bread pudding, even in the Caribbean. Spanish speaking islands call it pudín de pan. This sweet dessert is an excellent way to use up stale bread before it spoils.

5. Coquito Recipe - Puerto Rican Rum Eggnog

Coquito is a traditional punch served at Christmas and New Years celebrations. The drink is similar to eggnog with rum. This particular recipe does not call for raw eggs. Nor does it call for you to crack open a fresh coconut. It's a very simple mixed drink.

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