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When one hears or reads the word ‘Christmas’, a few delightful thoughts come to mind. One will be the fact that it is a day to share with loved ones whom you may not have spent too much time with during the other days of the year. Another will be the festivities that come with it. When festivities come in the picture, you will remember the fantastic food that is served during such festive holidays. In Guatemala, traditional Christmas food fare is as elaborate as it can get:
This traditional inclusion on Guatemalan Christmas tables is not just a dish that is made available during this season of the year. In fact, it is available all year round. It cannot be discounted though that this food can be more extravagantly prepared during Christmas where households vary the recipe from chiles stuffed with minced meat, carrots and green beans to other great mixtures that will make the chiles the real star of the night.
Another great treat for the holidays in a Guatemalan Christmas food fare setting is the buñuelos. This is actually a type of bread that has been deep fried then served with syrup. You can actually understand this dish better once it has been associated with the more popular French toast. This is definitely worth a try during Christmas or at any given time of the year.
Guatemala is known as the ‘Banana Republic’ thus making plantains readily available in the country. Plantains may be associated closely to Africa but this Central American country is not lagging far behind when it comes to growing such crops. Plantains can actually be fried as is or you can make it into rellenitos, a variation where the plantain is stuffed with black beans before they go into the fryer. This is such a tasty treat that is perfect in any Christmas gathering.
This one is Guatemala’s very own take of the famous tortilla. A traditional doblada is one which is filled with ground pork, mashed potatoes, cheese and whole beans but if you want a different taste or texture in the filling, you can always ask for any ingredient to be added in it. Others combine loroco flowers with cheese for that added crunch in the food. They are cooked the same way as tortillas where both sides are heated or sometimes they are fried using a comal, a kind of griddle that has been made from clay.
The Christmas breakfast
Traditional Christmas food fare in Guatemala will not be complete without experiencing the country’s version of a Christmas breakfast. Wonder what is commonly included in the plate? You can have tamales and some sweet treats like desserts. Others include healthy fruits like apples and grapes for the breakfast on Christmas Day. To complete the breakfast list, ponche or fruit punch or the traditional hot chocolate drink is also included.
Celebrate Christmas in Guatemala and enjoy the treats mentioned above! You can also try to look for other great dishes that will be perfect for this time of the year. Eat to your heart’s content and experience Christmas like never before!
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