Christmas Dishes Around The World

Posted on December 25, 2017
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Around the world in 8 Christmas dishes

Here are Worldcare Travel Insurance’s favourite Christmas foods from around the world.

Panettone, Italy

This sweet bread full of raisins and candied fruit originated in Milan but is eaten throughout Italy and Europe at Christmas. Legend has it that a 15th century nobleman baked the first panettone for the woman he loved, the daughter of a poor baker named Toni, and named it pan de Toni (Toni’s bread). These days you can buy panettone in Australian supermarkets.

Worldcare Australia - Panettone Italy

Ensalada de Noche Buena (Christmas Eve salad), Mexico

Mexican families traditionally eat a big meal after midnight mass on Christmas Eve and serve a variety of dishes, including this colourful salad made with beetroot, orange, apple, pomegranate, pepitas and a creamy dressing.

Neureos, India

Neureos are flaky pastries made from semolina and loaded with a sweet filling, eaten in Goa at Christmas time.

Turducken, England

A somewhat unusual creation, turducken is made by stuffing a deboned chicken into a deboned duck, which is in turn stuffed into a deboned turkey. Variations of this dish include gooducken (a goose stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken) and Pandora’s cushion (a goose stuffed with a chicken stuffed with a quail).

Worldcare Australia - Turducken England

Bûche de Noël (yule log), France

Bûche de Noël is an iced, rolled sponge cake, similar to a roulade, that’s decorated to resemble a log. It’s popular in France and Quebec around Christmas time. Try your hand at this recipe from

Worldcare Australia - Bûche de Noël (yule log), France

Hallaca, Venezuela

Hallaca is a rectangle-shaped meal made of maize and filled with beef, pork, olives, raisins and capers, then wrapped in plantain leaves. Try this recipe from Woman’s Day.

Worldcare Australia - Hallaca Venezuela

Brunede kartofler (caramelised potatoes), Denmark

This hearty side dish is a favourite on Danish Christmas tables, often served as an accompaniment to roast beef, lamb, pork or chicken. Try’s recipe here.

Worldcare Australia - Brunede kartofler (caramelised potatoes), Denmark

Pumpkin pie, the United States

This iconic dessert is eaten in both the United States and Canada during autumn and winter, particularly at Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Worldcare Australia - Pumpkin Pie USA

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