Join us on our globe-trotting food trip – you’ll find that the menu at Christmas time differs from one country to another

Germany - Stollen

Stollen is a traditional German Christmas bread that’s packed full of dried fruits, nuts and spices, before being wrapped around a log of marzipan… A one-way ticket to Germany, please!

Argentina - Vitel Toné

December is extremely hot in Argentina, so they serve up a lot of cold dishes such as this one. The beef is cooked, left to chill and then topped with a fish sauce. Sounds odd, but apparently very tasty!

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Dominican Republic – Moro de guandules co coco

This dish is made up of rice, garlic, thyme, tomato, peppers, coconut milk and green pigeon peas. Served as an accompaniment or on its own.

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Iceland – Hangikjot

Taking its name from the Icelandic tradition of smoking food in order to preserve it, this popular piece of smoked lamb or mutton is usually served with potatoes and topped with béchamel sauce.

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Belgium – Cougnou

Made in the shape of a baby, cougnou is also known as ‘the bread of Jesus’ and is usually served with hot chocolate and given to children on Christmas day. The taste is likened to a sweet brioche bun.

France – Foie Gras

A traditional French Christmas dinner is incomplete without a piece of Foie Gras. The delicacy is made from the liver of a duck or goose and is rich in flavour and buttery in texture.

Venezuela – Hallaca

This Venezuelan offering is practically only served over the Christmas period and is made from wrapping meat-stuffed dough in banana leaves before boiling.

Let us know if there are any other traditional Christmas foods you have come across that are either a hit or miss!