Special occasions call for special meals! And Christmas is truly the most special of all. It is a beautiful reason for people to come together with their loved ones, and spend quality time together.
And what better way to celebrate this festival and the spirit of joy and togetherness, than having a festive meal together!
From around the world, there are innumerable exquisite Christmas-specific food and drink options, distinctive of a region, and yet enjoyed by all, irrespective of the place! In the spirit of Christmas, therefore, here are a few classic drinks, dishes, and desserts that a restaurant should consider adding to their special festive menu…
Christmas without Eggnog? That doesn’t sound right at all! The most popular holiday drink, which has its history with Christmas going back to 1700s, has many a recipe. But, we still feel the best one is when you pick Rum to make it. Since you need something to balance the eggy flavour of this drink, the sweetness of Rum stands up to the challenge amazingly well! Your customers are going to absolutely love finishing their dinner with a nice big swig of eggnog!
Another traditional winter/holiday drink, having mulled wine is an all-time favourite part of celebrating Christmas. A simple mulled wine, the best thing the Germans and Austrians brought to us, pairs red wine with sugar (brown), cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and similar winter spices. It is the best drink to warm you up in this Christmas cold. To make it more interesting, you could have a French twist by adding cognac to it, and treat your guests with a warm drink of what the French call, Vin Chaud!
Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail
There’s something utterly special about seasonal fruits, such as pomegranates; and a cocktail made out of it has to be extra special. Bring the freshness of pomegranate juice and tanginess of ginger ale, while adding the very Italian ingredient – vermouth, all together in a martini cup, this Christmas!
Pear and Ginger-Sage Champagne Cocktail
Whatever the occasion, somehow champagne always manages to make it special. While having this bubbly booze solo has its own charm, you can try making small additions and transform it into something truly remarkable. Pear and Ginger-Sage Champagne Cocktail makes use of , as the name goes; pears, ginger, honey, and sage – all seasonal ingredients. Whip up this cocktail to spruce up this Christmas eve for your guests. Also, looking at the list of ingredients, who knows, this ‘healthy’ cocktail might even stop a hangover before it gets a chance to even start!
Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole
This had to be the first dish we talk about. As the name suggests, it is a no-fuss side dish filled with mashed potatoes made in a casserole. So simple right? And the best part? Everybody loves mashed potatoes! It is a dish nobody can say no to. The dish is ideally made from cheese, bacon, sour cream, chives, and of course, loads of potatoes! With a number of ways to customize this classic dish, with tomatoes, jalapenos, minced garlic, French fried onions, cream cheese, and such other flavour additions, you can expect nothing but rave reviews for adding it to your Christmas menu!
Tangerine Glazed Ham
Perfect for just about any holiday table, the delectable Tangerine Glazed Ham might just end up being the best dish on your menu. Whoever doesn’t like Ham! And with a tangerine glaze, your ham is definitely going to taste extra flavourful! This dish is one sureshot way to make your guests fall in love with your restaurant, come Christmas!
Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
This one’s an absolutely great meal to serve your guests especially when it is wine season (Christmas). And, what compliments red wine? It is surely red meat! Marinating your steak in a fully latin inspired sauce filled with spices, then grilling it, and finally topping it with Chimichurri Sauce. So yum right? This is something your customers will look forward to. Also, there’s no harm in making these steaks into an appetizer by serving them on a crispy tortilla with cheese and chimichurri sauce!
Roasted Garlic Asiago Cheese Balls
These nutty Asiago cheese balls, made from Greek yoghurt, cheese, soft cream, Asiago cheese, parsley, nuts, and roasted garlic to add that extra bit of flavour will ensure your guests have an unforgettable time at your restaurant!
Kulkuls are made almost everywhere in India during Christmas time. But, they say Goans were the ones who came up with the recipe – basically a variation of the Portuguese Filhoses Enroladas. Families usually make it in big batches, to exchange it with their loved ones – a traditional way of bringing everyone together during this festival. Adding this classic delicacy to your menu could be one unique way of letting your guests know, how you really care for them!
A traditionally 16-layered pudding that is made with coconut milk, flour, ghee, sugar, and eggs, is a traditional dessert from Goa. While it takes quite a bit of patience to cook one layer, before you can add it to the previous one, the result is always a heavenly dessert, definitely unlike anything else one might have had!
Guava Cheese, made from the best and the freshest batch of guavas, is supposed to be chewy in texture and taste sweet, almost like fudge. Another classic Indian dish form the Christmas food diaries of many people in India, adding it to your menu is bound to bring back happy childhood memories for a lot of your guests!
Cranberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Cranberry is a favourite ingredient to prepare Christmas desserts around the world. The perfect combination of dense and moist, tart and sweet, this simple yet elegant cake doesn’t necessarily need any frosting; but, you can make one using a bit of powdered sugar glaze (it does make the cake look pretty, though!), and even throw a dollop of whipped cream on the top to make it extra delicious. You can even use blueberries or raspberries, instead of cranberries.
Italian Ricotta Cookies
Topped with sprinkles and an almond glaze, Italian Ricotta Cookies would definitely be a hit on a Christmas food menu! While the sound of ricotta cheese in cookies might sound bizarre to someone, they taste just like sugar cookies, and thankfully, almost nothing like cheese.
Although the cultural influences might differ, as they lend their own unique and interesting twist to the festive treats, it is heartwarming to see how the spirit of sharing joy and camaraderie on Christmas seems to remain just the same, everywhere!
If you have most of the dishes on your menu this season, trust us your restaurant will be filled with customers wanting to try all kinds of Christmas cuisine. And when you are flooding customers, Petpooja got your back to swiftly manage everything in your restaurant at any place, any time. We’d love to talk to you about how you can excel in your menu management, strategically place the festive add-ons, and please your customers during a frenzied festive season such as this! Do send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org