Other than Thanksgiving, Christmas is also known for its feasts and celebrations. Here are the different cultural Christmas platters from around the world!

Canada 🇨🇦

  1. Butter Tarts

    This is a Canadian classic when it’s Christmas time. It’s pretty popular year-round, but especially during Christmas, to enjoy with family and friends. Butter Tart recipes actually originated in Canada, and they totally satisfy those with a sweet tooth. Made with brown sugar, butter, raisins, pecans, and pastry.

  1. Tourtière

    This French-Canadian dish comes from Quebec, this is a double crusted meat pie often made with minced pork or beef, and potato. The tourtiere is one of the most popular Christmas dishes served with wine, cheese, and a slice of sugar pie. It adds a great savory twist to turkey.

  1. Nanaimo Bars

    Another sweet delicacy whose name comes from its birthplace: Nanaimo, BC. This triple-decker Canadian dessert is creamy, chewy, and chocolatey. The square bars feature a creamy vanilla center sandwiched between two layers of chocolate.

Norway 🇳🇴

1. Ribbe

    The most popular dish during Christmastime, Ribbe is essentially a [roasted] bone-in pork rib with crispy skin. It’s served with sweet and sour sides, which include, but are not limited to, boiled potatoes, sausages, prunes, pickled red cabbages, cranberry sauce, fried apple slices, and patties. 

2. Pinnekjøtt

    The pinnekjøtt’s popularity has been growing in Norway, and it literally means “stick meat.” It’s basically salted and dried rib from mutton (which is older lamb meat), and is served with sides like mashed root vegetables, thick sausages, and broth. 

3. Lutefisk

    Lutefisk is dried cod that has been soaked in a lye solution for several days to rehydrate it. It is then boiled and served with butter, salt, and pepper. Most people rarely eat it more than once a year. It may have been eaten on Catholic holidays as long ago as the mid-16th-century.

Australia 🇦🇺 

1. Prawns (and other Seafood)

    Since Christmas in Australia is in the summer seasons, their meals are a bit different. Seafood is a big thing in Australia when it comes to Christmastime. From prawn cocktails to barbecued shrimp, you’ll want to include some food from the ocean on your Australian Christmas platter.

2. White Christmas [Slice]

    Something easy to make and a favorite amongst children, this is a sweet Australian dessert that is made with white chocolate. These square pieces don’t require baking and include simple ingredients such as dried cranberries, toasted slivered almonds, sultanas (raisins), dried coconuts, and rice bubbles/puffed rice. 

Japan 🇯🇵 

1. KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken)

    It’s true; the traditional Japanese Christmas food since the 1970s has been fried chicken! KFC meals are extremely popular during Christmastime, and today’s KFC meals also include some special dishes like cake, sparkling wine, and cornbread. People may also cook their own chicken at home

2. Christmas Cake

    With its Christmas-like white-and-red coloring, the Strawberry Shortcake has become the unofficial Christmas Eve dessert in Japan. It may also come in other flavors if you don’t like strawberries. 

3. Wagashi

    This is a sweet Japanese dessert that is eaten instead of cakes. Normally, the sweets are created with traditional ingredients like red bean (anko), mocha, rice, and agar jelly. These small treats can be shaped into different festive shapes like reindeer, Santa Claus, and holly leaves.

Ethiopia 🇪🇹 

  1. Wat

    This is a thick and spicy stew that contains meat, vegetables and sometimes eggs, and this is eaten on a flatbread called injera. Pieces of injera are broken off to scoop up the wat. 

  1. Doro Wat Chicken

    An extension to the traditional ‘wat’ dish, it’s a chicken dish that is cooked with a variety of spices. It’s also eaten with flatbread, and plain yogurt.

Brazil 🇧🇷 

  1. Chester [or Turkey]

    Chester? This is a modified version of chicken which has more meat around its thighs and chest. It also costs less than turkey, generally speaking. It can be stuffed with terrine, seasoned fruits, or farofa (see below). Traditionally, it’s seasoned by being roasted with onion, garlic, butter, parsley, and white wine. Served with roasted potatoes or cassava.

  1. Farofa

    This is an essential side dish for several Brazilian dishes, and is a mixture with toasted cassava flour and chopped crispy bacon. It’ll give a satisfying crunch, and is great for stuffing as well.

  1. Rabanda

    This dessert literally means “gust of wind,” and is very similar to deep fried French toast with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. It’s made from old bread dipped in milk and eggs that’s fried and sprinkled with generous amounts of sugar and cinnamon.

  1. Panettone

    This is another popular dessert in Brazil, and is an Italian sweet bread loaf cooked with pieces of dried fruits. It’s fluffy and light, and usually contains raisins or other dried fruits inside. There may also be some chocolate chips. 

Antarctica 🇦🇶 

  1. Ice and water
  1. Penguins (just kidding)

    That concludes our world feast compilation! Most of these recipes are available on Google, so if you want to diversify, do a simple search! Thank you for reading, and we wish you a merry, delicious Christmas!


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