Celebrate Christmas Around the World with 5 Decadent Dishes

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired December 21, 2015

We’re celebrating an international Christmas, with Nigella Lawson, Clodagh McKenna, Curtis Stone and Aaron Sanchez joining Rach to share their favorite Christmas dishes from their cultures.

No. 1: Grandpa’s Artichokes (Baked Stuffed Artichokes)

This amazing dish is going to blow your mind! Rach makes a filling of anchovies, tons of garlic, olive oil, breadcrumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano and flat leaf parsley, then fills a large (blanched) artichoke. She drizzles with fruity olive oil, pops in a hot oven, and the result is pure Christmas decadence!

Nigella Lawson's Date and Marmalade Christmas Cake

Nigella’s date and marmalade cake, which features lots of yummy dried fruit, is the perfect dessert to have on hand when friends stop by during the holidays. And it’s gluten-free, so even those with a gluten intolerance can enjoy!

Curtis Stone's Pavlova with Tropical Fruit and Passionfruit Curd

Curtis begins his traditional family Christmas recipe with what amounts to a giant meringue. He then heats the meat of several passion fruits over a pot of hot water (you can use lime, lemon or canned passion fruit if you can’t find it where you live) and adds sugar, salt, eggs and cold butter to make a curd. He then pours the curd over the top of his baked Pavlova and sprinkles tropical fruit like kiwi, mango and pineapple over the top. Beautiful!

Clodagh McKenna's Christmas Mince Pies

First off, mince meat pies don’t actually feature meat. Clodagh McKenna (known as the “Irish Rachael Ray”) makes a traditional filling of dried fruits, nuts, brandy, apple, orange and spices for her pie filling, then cooks it in small little pie crusts. She tops her pies with adorable little pastry stars and finishes with a shower of powdered sugar – how fun!

Aarón Sanchez's Arroz Con Pollo

This rich and flavorful traditional Latin dish features a brilliant red sauce and rice cooked right in the sauce with the chicken, so it absorbs all of those complex, beautiful flavors. Restauranteur Aaron says you’ll be eating the leftovers at midnight in your undies – it’s that good!

What meal does your family traditionally make for Christmas? Share below!


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