Christmas in Venezuela like in any other country in the world is celebrated with cultural and religious traditions. Where families and friends get together to enjoy the traditional holiday meal: Hallacas, Chicken Salad, Ham Bread, Ham, and several traditional deserts depending on the different region of the country.
Pernil is a slow-roasted marinated pork leg. In Venezuela this dish is commonly featured during Christmas Holidays, typically accompanied by Hallacas, Ham Bread and Chicken Salad.
Hallaca is a tamale from Venezuela. It consists of corn dough stuffed with a stew of beef, pork, chicken and other ingredients such as raisins, capers, and olives, then are folded in plantain leaves and tied with string, and boiled. This dish is traditionally served during the Christmas season and is accompanied with Pernil, Ham Bread and Chicken Salad.
Ham Bread or Pan de jamón is a typical Venezuelan Christmas bread, filled with ham, raisins and green olives.
Ensalada de gallina is a potato chicken salad that is usually made in Venezuela for the holidays. It’s a creamy protein salad that can be served as a side dish of by itself with a loaf of bread.
Ponche crema is a cream-based liqueur that originates in Venezuela. Recipes vary depending on the region, but main ingredients typically include milk, eggs, sugar, rum, and other minor ingredients such as vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and lemon rind. A variant type is prepared with concentrated liquid coffee or instant coffee powder.
Candied Papaya is one of the most traditional desserts in Venezuela, usually consumed at Christmas. This preserve of papaya should be cooked slowly until crystal clear, then stored in a glass jar. A perfect gift on these festive dates.
Quesillo is the Venezuelan version of the traditional Flan. As with Spanish flan, the caramel is poured into the mold first, and then the custard mixture is added. Once the quesillo is baked, it is turned out, so the caramel is on top.
It is considered the dish that adorns Christmas and is usually present at any Christmas Eve or New Year dinner where Venezuelans meet, as well as throughout the month. It consists of all the dishes mention here such as Pernil, Hallacas, Ham Bread and Chicken Salad with a glass of Ponche Crema and you favority dessert.
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