This recipe is from Dr. BBQ, Ray Lampe, who says “why serve cranberries in a jelly when you can just drink them?” This is the perfect starter for a holiday dinner, and if your significant other isn’t looking, add some vodka to this creation. This recipe is from Ray’s book, Dr. BBQ’s Barbecue All Year Long! cookbook.
Christmas Eve Dishes from New Mexico (Original)
Recipes: Green Chile Tortilla Pinwheels Chile de Arbol Salad Posole (Pork and Posole Corn) New Mexico Red Chile Sauce Biscochitos (Anise-Flavored Cookies) By Nancy Gerlach, Fiery Foods & Barbecue Central Food Editor Emeritus Christmas Eve in New Mexico is a very special night steeped in tradition and probably no other image symbolizes the season more than the flickering lights from …
Marinated Barramundi on the Barbie with Spicy Sauce
Christmas Down Under falls in the middle of summer and is often celebrated on the beach with the holiday feast cooked on the “barbie.” Prawns, steaks, chicken, and lobster, as well as fish, are all popular entree choices to be cooked on the grill. Barramundi is a white-fleshed fish popular in Australia but seldom found outside the country, but other fish such as cod or swordfish can be substituted.
Linguine con le Vongole (Linguine with Spicy Red Clam Sauce)
La Vigilia di Natale, or Christmas Eve, is the most important holiday for many Italians. The meal served is a holiday feast with deep religious roots. Traditionally it has to be “di magro” or meatless, a custom which dates back to older church doctrine that limited the eating of meat on holy days. For those who follow the custom, the meal consists of fish or seafood and a number of side dishes. Depending on the availability, meals can have seven to thirteen seafood dishes, and in landlocked areas as few as three. Whatever the number, the number has religious significance. Linguine served with chile spiced clam sauce is a popular “il primo piatto” or the first course in a meal of many courses.
Jamaican Rice and Peas
In Jamaica, Christmas carols are sung to a reggae beat and, in the small villages, Santa arrives riding in a cart pulled by a donkey, not a reindeer. A typical holiday feast would consist of curried goat, oxtails, and rice’n’ peas. Rice and peas (or beans) is a popular dish on many of the Caribbean islands. Maybe its popularity is due from the fact that rice helps tame the burn of chiles, although this version of the dish is not tame. The peas used are called pigeon peas and are about the size of garden peas and are available dried or in cans. Kidney, or red beans are also used in this dish, but during the Christmas season, only the gungo or pigeon are served in Jamaica.