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10 Delicious Holiday Recipes From Around The World

The time for indulgence is almost here, guys! But while we’re waiting for our stuffed turkeys, pavs and barbecued prawns, here’s a little holiday inspiration from across the globe. Prepare your stomach for some #foodspo.

From cakes, bakes and noodle dishes to a deliciously decadent chocolate drink, the world is full of crazy good holiday traditions that we just don’t see enough of down here in Aus. So in the spirit of giving, here’s 10 excellent holiday recipes from around the world that’ll ignite both your imagination and appetite.

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Panettone, Italy

Maybe I’m biased based on my heritage, but Panettone – a traditional sweet bread loaf from Milan – is the number one best food, ever, in the entire world. If it were physically possible to eat my body weight in this dome shaped bread, I would. Typically filled with candied orange, citron and lemon zest, raisins and even chocolate, Panettone is also enjoyed in southeastern France, Spain, Malta, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and numerous countries across North and South America. Basically, it’s the world’s favourite Christmas cake.

Recipe here (but it’s a lot easier to buy). Pro tip: pair it with warm custard for the best dessert ever.

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Toshikoshi Soba, Japan

Slurp in the New Year with buckwheat soba noodles in a hot dashi, mirin and soy sauce soup. Tashikoshi Soba is traditionally enjoyed before midnight on New Year’s Eve, and is said to bring longevity and prosperity for the new year – that’s not to say you can’t enjoy this delicious soup any other time of the year as well.

Recipe here.

Photo: whats4eats

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Imbuljuta tal-Qastan, Malta

Imbuljuta tal-Qastan is a traditional Maltese drink commonly served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and again on New Year’s Eve. It’s made using cocoa, chestnuts, cloves and citrus zest, which is basically the perfect blend of hot, spicy and seasonal. (Bonus: it’s vegan!)

Recipe here.

Photo: Vassallo Malta

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Bibingka, Philipines

This decadent looking pastry is made from rice flour and coconut milk and is baked in banana leaf-lined terracotta pots. The end result is a soft and spongy cake that’s subtly infused with the unique aroma of toasted banana leaves. The cake is then topped with kesong puti (a locally made white cheese), butter, grated coconut and sometimes pineapple or a salted duck egg. The best part? It’s served at breakfast time.

Recipe here.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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Doro Wot, Ethiopia

For Ethiopians, no holiday meal is complete without a serve of Doro Wat, a long-stewed dish of chilli flavoured chicken, red Berbere spice mix, vinegar, lemon, kibbeh and tons and tons of onion. The stew is hearty and rich, and is served on spongy injera bread for all to eat. Mmhm.

Recipe here.

Photo: whats4eats

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Laufabrauð, Iceland

Laufabrauð is a traditional Icelandic bread made of a thin, wafer-like dough and often cut into intricate geometric patterns. After decorating this crisp flatbread is then deep-fried and eaten as an accompaniment to Christmas dinner. Laufabrauð can be bought in bakeries or made at home as a family as part of Christmas preparations. 

Recipe here.

Photo: Brian Suda/Flickr

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Porkkanalaatikko, Finland

With Christmas smack bang in the middle of winter for the Finnish, it makes sense that they’d like to load up on rich, hot dishes – case in point Porkkanalaatiko, a hearty spiced carrot casserole and the ultimate side dish. The dish is primarily based around carrots and rice baked in a custard of eggs and milk. This looks delicious.

Recipe here.

Photo: Cake Crumbs & Beach Sand

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Bûche de Noël, France

Nothing says European Christmas like a warm log fire – a tradition that apparently extends to the dessert table as well. The traditional Bûche de Noël, or ‘yule log’ as it’s commonly known abroad, is a heavenly flourless chocolate cake shaped like a log. There’s not much else to it except that it includes whipped cream (yum) and people have been known to get really into the decorating process.

Recipe here.

Photo: Flour Bakery

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Moros de Guandules con Coco, Dominican Republic

It’s possible no other country appreciates guandules, or pigeon peas, as much as the Dominican Republic does. They love this simple legume so much, pretty much the entire country decides to eat it in this very special Christmas Eve dinner dish. Moros de Guandules con Coco is simpler than its name suggests – all it is is rice, pigeon peas and coconut milk.

Recipe here.

Photo: Dominican Cooking

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Hallaca, Venezuela

Hallaca is corn dough stuffed with a stew of beef, pork, and chicken, adorned with raisins, capers and olives, and folded in plantain leaves, tied with string and boiled. The Venezuelans actually see hallacas as little Christmas gifts that’s lovingly prepared for the recipient and enjoyed on Christmas Eve. And what’s better than the gift of food? Nothing.

Recipe here.

Photo: Cocimania

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Rebecca Russo is a freelance writer, editor, community radio dabbler, occasional hiker and celebrity autobiography enthusiast. She has written for online publications including Junkee, AWOL, Fashion Journal and Tone Deaf. Find her online here.