Classic Food Ideas for the Yuletide Season
Holidays bring out some of the best dishes Africa has to offer. As an African, you're likely to eat well between December and the beginning of January.
It's traditional for many to spend days, weeks, and sometimes months preparing feasts that help end one year and open another. And while this year’s traditions will be different for most of us, especially new migrants, our food will remain the same (as Africans) or switch to have a good taste of American food.
Thinking about your holiday meals might make you overwhelmed by wondering what to serve this year. Sometimes, looking at what others traditionally eat can help inspire you. Whether you’re planning on making a traditional American Christmas dinner or you want to try something new, these ideas will help you come up with some great ideas.
Are you ready to create your festive menu? Let's get into it!
Jollof Stuffed Turkey
Smoky Party Jollof Rice
Classic Creamy Coleslaw
Traditional American food for Christmas
The traditional American Christmas dinner is very similar to a Thanksgiving dinner. It usually includes a stuffed bird (turkey is the most common), with gravy and some classic sides.
Stuffing (sometimes called dressing) is another popular Christmas dinner food. While store-bought stuffing is delicious, if you want to make your meal special, try making your stuffing seasoned with sage, sausage, and fresh mushrooms.
Creamy, buttery mashed potatoes are always a staple at American Christmas dinners. Start by adding plenty of cream and butter to the potatoes. This will give it a smooth, creamy texture.
Turkey gravy is made with the drippings created when you cook your meat. Add some white wine and plenty of fresh herbs for a unique and delicious flavor.
If you would be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, you might have already had your fill of turkey leftovers. In this case, you might want to try some of these other popular American Christmas dinner dishes.
You can’t celebrate Christmas in America without something sweet! Here’s a shortlisting of the most popular holiday desserts.
- Gingerbread houses
- Bourbon balls
- Pecan tassies
Try something new this Christmas!
While many families stick to the same African food year after year, sometimes it’s fun to try something new. If some of these ideas inspired you, consider adding a few to your traditional Nigerian Christmas dinner.
It’s easy to expand your holiday menu! All you need to do is head to mysasun.com and add all the ingredients you need to your shopping list. Then, a professional shopper will buy everything for you, and you can even have them deliver your order right to your door.