Christmas is just around the corner; people are in the rush nowadays to buy gifts, decors and other Christmas related items and many are already planning what they will be cooking on Christmas Eve. We summarize some of the Best Filipino Christmas Recipes below.
Filipinos, in particular, love Christmas so much and as early as now, list of foods to be served on Christmas Day is already set.
Here are the Top 15 Filipino Christmas Recipes
- Lechon Manok
If you have a turbo broiler, you will enjoy your Lechon Manok more because you can choose a big chicken to cook; you also decide what spices, herbs, and other ingredients to put like lemongrass. The skin will be shiny, dark in color and crispy but the meat is soft and tender.
- MorconMorcon is ever present in well to do Filipino families because preparation of this food is quite expensive. You will need beef, lemon, carrots, hot dogs, pickles, boiled eggs and cheddar cheese along with other condiments.Morcon will look beautiful on any Christmas center table because of its round shape and indulgent appearance.
- Spaghetti and PancitBoth grown-ups and kids like both of these. Spaghetti is a pasta dish consisting of ground pork meat, hot dogs, tomato sauce, and cheese while Pancit is of Chinese origin delicacy which makes use of eggs or rice noodles, pork meat, chicken or beef liver, carrots and cabbage and so good when drizzled with Philippine lime.
- Chicken Macaroni SaladThis is a semi-sweet, salty and creamy combination of macaroni pasta, chicken, pineapple chunks, raisins, carrots, onions, all-purpose cream, and mayo. It is often times served cold and topped with cheese. This is perfect after a full meal before you eat dessert.For a twist, some people like to add condensed milk.
- Buko Pandan SaladThis another sweet treat that makes use of Buko and what will attract you to this dessert is its green color (green gelatin) and wonderful smell because of the pandan leaves. This is sweetened using condensed milk and added with cream. This dessert is a little runny which makes it better because the juice of the Buko Pandan is really addictive. You can also substitute this with Filipino Buko Salad Recipe or make some cotton candies as another sweet alternative during this holiday season!
- Liempo Flavorful pork belly is used in this dish. Some people marinate the pork in soy sauce, a special mix of spices like pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper for those who like it hot and garlic. This is cooked to perfection until the skin becomes crispy but the meat tender. Slow cooking is key if you want the skin to be crispy while maintaining the juiciness of the meat.
- Chili Butter ShrimpIf you like seafood, you will love this dish. This is a creamy and spicy combination because of butter and chili peppers. Don’t overcook your shrimps because it tastes better when it is a little half-cocked. Use fresh chili peppers for better flavor and use a lot of butter so that it will turn into sauce.
- Bangus RellenoIf you know how to debone fish, you can cook this dish at home which has lemon juice, soy sauce, onions, garlic, carrots, green peas, raisins, oyster sauce and flour as well as salt and pepper but you can also buy from the store or order from homemade entrepreneurs which will save you time.
- Steamed FishIf you want something colorful for the festivities, try making this dish by using a huge fish and steaming it then top it with shredded carrots, cheese, onions, mayo and diced hard-boiled eggs. You can also decorate the sides with some herbs, cucumbers or tomatoes.
- Leche FlanLeche Flan is made of fresh eggs, condensed milk, fresh or evaporated milk, white sugar, and vanilla extract. Some use Dayap, a kind of lime native to the Philippines. To cook leche flan, you need to steam it either using the oven or stove top and you will know it is done when you stick a toothpick or a skewer and it comes out clean.
- Bibingka and Puto BumbongBibingka and Puto Bumbong are common during Christmas although some sell these native sweets even during ordinary time. Bibingka and Puto Bumbong are both rice cakes prepared in different ways but are equally delicious. Bibingka has a light yellow hue while Puto Bumbong has a dark violet color. This is best eaten with Coffee or hot Choco drink (Tablea Chocolate).
Paella is by no means Pinoy in origin but Filipinos have grown to love this special dish. The Filipino Paella is made by cooking short grain white rice, tomatoes, garlic, chicken, chorizo, mussels, green peas and saffron thread (for color) together. Some people like to add lemon juice in it. The result is a culinary masterpiece because it is an all in one meal and when done properly, it is picture perfect too because of the color combination of the ingredients which you can see on top of the rice.
- KalderetaThe Kaldereta (Caldereta) is another favorite among Filipinos though it did not really originate in the Philippines. This Recipe was brought to this land by the Spaniards during their three hundred years of colonization. You can say that because of their long stay in the Philippines, they have adopted this recipe by heart thus making this delicious dish a part of the Filipino menu. Kaldereta can be made with Pork Kaldereta, Beef Kaldereta, Chicken Kaldereta and the Kalderetang Kambing.
- Pork EmbutidoEmbutido is enjoyed by many households throughout the Philippines. This sweet and salty dish is either Processed and canned which you can buy at most markets and groceries or homemade by housewives, home entrepreneur, and foodies. This Recipe can be made with Pork and Chicken (Chicken Embutido Recipe)
- Maja Blanca
The Maja Blanca Recipe delicacy is made from coconut milk, corn starch or gelatin, sweet corn kernels, milk, sugar and an option to put toasted coconut meat or Latik (browned coconut cream crumbs) as toppings. It is fairly easy to make and the ingredients are very abundant in the Philippines.
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