December comes, and for Mexico, as in many other parts of the world, “is the season to be jolly”, a truly heart-warming time. Christmas in Mexico is indeed joyful, as we look forward to the great variety of succulent dishes and original recipes passed down through many generations. The end of each year features the reappearance of delicacies that please our palates and delight our senses.
First of all, during the cold weather in this time of year, what one wants most of all is to drink something nice and steaming, and what could be better than to savor a delicious atole, a traditional beverage made with cornmeal flour and flavored with guayaba or guava, champurrado or chocolate, almonds, or many other possible combinations to suit your appetite’s desires. This delicious pre-Hispanic drink is much loved by both young and old in every corner of the country.
However, if you would rather have something a bit lighter, you can enjoy the seasonal fruit punch that includes sugar, tejocotes, prunes, plums, apples, cinnamon, guayabas or guavas and apricots, among other ingredients.
And when it comes to the main Christmas dinner, most Mexicans celebrate this occasion dressing with their best clothes and offering their families and friends special dishes like: stuffed turkey; Basque Style Codfish, which is a dish cooked in tomato sauce with yellow chiles and olives.
Another famous dish is called Romeritos, a seasonal vegetable with black mole and shrimp patties. Yet another traditional dish is Apple Salad a la Crème with pineapple chunks and Castilian nuts. (You are most welcome to check out these tasty recipes on our blog!)
Aside from the above dishes, many parts of Mexico also serve Pork Roast or Cerdo Adobado, cooked with a spicy Mexican paste, as well as our renowned tamales of many different colors and flavors; and last but not least, our famous Pozole, a hearty stew made with large white corn kernels in a broth with a choice of pork or chicken. The fun part of pozole, (which can be either white or red with a spicy salsa), is that each person gets to garnish their dish with the amounts they wish of the following: chopped onion, oregano, tortilla chips, sliced radishes and lime or lemon wedges.
Finally, when it comes to the traditional desserts of this holiday season, there are plenty of them to make our heads spin. We can begin with the famous deep fried buñuelos, large, round, crispy and golden flour wafers, bathed in molasses syrup or sugar coated; or you can enjoy Mexico’s legacy to the world: Chocolate! It can be savored in any of its myriad forms and presentations.
However, if all the glorious banquet food we’ve mentioned weren’t enough, we Mexicans have a great tradition called the “Recalentado”, which means that we enjoy getting the family and friends together again, re-heating our dishes on the days after the celebrations, that is, on Christmas Day or New Year mornings, so we finish everything that was left over from the feasts enjoyed on the previous nights.
What we do know for certain is that December is not a season for those without a healthy appetite and that no one is exempt from gaining a few kilos, which we hope were gained by fully enjoying every bite and every single morsel, together with our loved ones. From us to you, from twohungrymexicans.com, we wish you happy, delicious December holidays, and a very Merry Christmas!