It is that time of the year when gathering around food is one of the key fun things about Christmas and the holiday season. No matter where you are in the world, yes even in countries where there is no official celebration of Christmas, the vibe around shops, offices, and homes is about eating, gifting and sharing. So yes, this season is delicious, from hot chocolate, cookies, warm wine, turkey, etc. Here we would like to share some hot and tasty Mexican traditional Christmas foods you can include this month in any of your celebrations.
1.Ponche Navideño - Mexican Fruit Punch
This very easy to make yet delicious drink to warm up this winter. Mexican hot fruit punch is made with tejocotes (Mexican hawthorn), which look like crab apples but have large pits and a unique flavor. If you don't find tejocotes you can use other fruits, such as peach, guavas, apples, the drink is flavored with cinnamon and sweetened with piloncillo mexican raw cane sugar in blocks. If you don't find this type of sugar you can use coconut sugar as a healthier substitute. You can add a splash of alcohol rum for example to give a kick but not necessary.
2. Spicy Hot Chocolate
For the Chocolate lovers, why not trying this nice healthy version using some of our Ancho Powder.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk/oat milk also a wonderful alternative, and coconut milk for those coconut lovers)
3 ounces of bittersweet chocolate chopped for easier melting.
2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder.
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder or 1 cinnamon stick for better taste
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp of "Chinelos Ancho Chile Powder"
2 tbs of stevia, coconut sugar, agave syrup or to taste
1 tsp of vanilla extract
3. Mexican Turkey
Did you know that Turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas is originated from Mexico.
Mexico's wild turkeys had been domesticated by pre-Columbian Indian groups long before the Spanish conquistadors arrived. Several archaeological sites provide clues as to precisely how turkeys were reared. One such site is Casas Grandes in the northern state of Chihuahua, an area where modern, large-scale turkey-rearing is an important contributor to the local economy.
How to prepare a delicious Mexican Christmas Style Turkey?
Here our chosen recipe!
1.Preheat oven to 180º C
2. Inject the turkey one day before cooking with white wine leave it in the fridge overnight.
3. Roast tomatoes and chile pods without seeds without burning. Remove the skin of the tomato and blend the two ingredients.
4.Shave the onions and squeeze the garlics.
5. In a pot heat the olive oil and add the onions and squeezed garlics until golden fried.
6. Add the blended tomatoes and chillies sauce and add salt, garlic and chicken stock an let it boil at slow fire.
7. Add the sauce to the turkey, make sure to rub thoroughly all parts of the turkey.
8. Put into oven for 4-5 hours at 180º C temperature.
9. Once out of the oven cut in slices to better serve.
You may set some of the chillie tomato mixture sauce on the side to add more once served.
4.Baked White Rice with Poblano Peppers
As a side dish to the turkey this is one of my grandmothers staple dish.
1 cup of pre cooked rice
1/2 cup of cream
1 cup of poblano peppers cut in strips
Salt pepper and spices up to taste.
1. Cook rice
2.Place cooked rice in a oven tray,
3.Mix cream, salt, pepper, a bit of poblano pepper and blend.
4.Add cream mixture to the rice, add poblano pepper strips and grated cheese on top.
Put into oven 180º C 10 minutes to make cheese melt. You can also do it in the microwave.
Serve with your Turkey Dish.