Traditional Christmas meals in Ireland

Mince Pies, ©Capt' Gorgeous/Flickr

Mince Pies, ©Capt’ Gorgeous/Flickr

Each and every culture has their own traditions at the most wonderful time of the year and this refers not only to their prandial habits. Food always plays an important role at Christmas time not only in Ireland but probably in most of the countries over the world. In Ireland there is usually turkey, cake and Christmas pudding, smoked salmon, cheese, snacks and biscuits and all kinds of chocolates.

Usually every household has a Christmas turkey however some prefer goose. But before the main course every meal begins with a starter the main course, some vegetables and let’s not forget about dessert. Read on and find out more about the delicious holiday specialties of the Irish nation.

Spiced beef and vegetables

As it was mentioned before, the meal starts with starters such as smoked salmon, soup or other delicacies. This is followed by fine brussel sprouts, broccoli, celery and carrots or other vegetables next to some delicious spiced beef. Spiced beef is mostly tradition in the southern part of Ireland and it is a Christmas specialty which is available only in certain times of the year. This dish is a bit similar to pastrami. The beef is marinated in a mixture of spices, sugar and juniper berries for 2 weeks then slowly roasted. On the day of the Christmas dinner it is served sliced up very thinly and cold.

Spice mix, ©mccun934/Flickr

Spice mix, ©mccun934/Flickr

Christmas cakes, pies and puddings

Who can say no to dessert? I dare say that no one! There is a wide selection of sweet desserts on a traditional Irish Christmas dinner. Just to name a few we can mention pudding with sherry sauce or brandy putter, mince pie, sherry trifle, sponge cake and Christmas cake.

Christmas cakes, ©bencrowe/Flickr

Christmas cakes, ©bencrowe/Flickr

The Christmas cake is a rich, fruity and moist cake which is an irremissible part of the Irish Christmas. Often times a slice of delicious cake is served together with a glass of fine whiskey. The Christmas pudding or so called “plum pudding” has no plums in it, it is served with sherry sauce or brandy and is also a traditional accessory of the Christmas dinner. And last but not least we should also mention hot mince pies which go perfectly with the fire in the fireplace on a lovely Christmas evening. With freshly whipped cream on the top mince pies are the best.

Mince Pies, ©Capt' Gorgeous/Flickr

Mince Pies, ©Capt’ Gorgeous/Flickr

You can make these fruity treats at home or buy them at the Christmas fair.

 

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