Christmas Dinner 2014
Christmas is only a couple days gone and the leftovers are still getting eaten here. Everything was delicious and we had a terrific Nochebuena and delicious Christmas dinner.
Yes, we celebrated both Peruvian style and American style this year and I think it was a wonderful blend of celebrations and an exceptional way to truly enjoy it all!
After posting some of the pictures from all of our celebration, there were some questions about what exactly I had prepared and wanted to give you a bit of information on how we blended the holidays this year.
For our Nochebuena celebration, we always have a gigantic spread of appetizers. Every year, this includes trays of cheese, meats, and stuffed olives. I always make mini sandwiches. This year, we had Shredded Chicken Sandwiches and Pepper Cheese Sandwiches.
As for the “meatier” appetizers, I made a version of bacon wrapped sausages and some delicious crockpot meatballs (I modified the sauce some to make it with less sugar).
To be sure we have some healthy snacks, I also whipped up a creamy garlic herb dip and served it in a bell pepper along with cut veggies. Homemade hummus was eaten with the vegetables and crackers. There were also bowls of nuts, banana chips and long pretzels just for fun.
Of course, midnight meant fireworks followed by panettone bread and Peruvian Hot Chocolate. My family comments every year about how rich the chocolate is, and they are never wrong. It was a great snack for kids and adults both.
When it came to Christmas dinner, I baked up a Christmas turkey that turned out just delicious. We always have plain white rice (instead of traditional American mashed potatoes). I made a dish of Sweet Potato Casserole. For salads, we had Peruvian Royal Quinoa Salad and I tried making the Pioneer Woman’s Layered Salad for the first time—boy was that a HIT! I even made homemade sour cream for the dressing. Along with all the food, we had bowls of rocoto sauces and a variety of holiday punch made with fresh juice and ginger ale.
What was on your holiday table for Christmas dinner this year? Any traditional foods? Some new dishes?