Global Holiday Recipes: 21 Delicious Traditions You'll Love, From Around The World

It’s a small world, after all. At least, it will be when you gather your family around a globally inspired feast this year. Whether you’re simply looking for a new family tradition steeped in history and full of ancient truths, or just want to switch up the same-old a bit, these 21 incredible ideas from Venezuela to Greece (and everywhere in between!) offer delicious twists on holiday traditions. Serve tamales like a Mexican family, make a Japanese Christmas cake, or glaze a gorgeous holiday ham just like they do in Finland! We’ve rounded up these gorgeous recipes to create a global holiday feast … right at your own kitchen table!

  • Celebrating Delicious World Traditions 1 of 22

    Invite the world to your holiday table this year with recipes from around the globe!

  • Italy: The Easiest Lasagna Recipe Ever 2 of 22

    After a feast of Christmas Eve fish, Italians celebrate Christmas day with a steaming tray of lasagna — this recipe is delicious and easy to make.

    Get the recipe for The Easiest Lasagna Recipe Ever

  • Venezuela: Roast Beef 3 of 22

    This succulent roast is served during the Christmas holidays in Venezuela with a side of fried sweet plantains or white rice.

    Get the recipe from CARINA-FORUM

  • England: Yorkshire Pudding 4 of 22

    This classic English side dish is traditionally served with beef, and can only be described as buttery, salty, bread-like, and decadent!

    Get the recipe from TIKKIDO

  • Poland: Crunchy Fried Pierogi With Dried Mushrooms 5 of 22

    In Poland, it wouldn't be Christmas without a heaping plate of pirogues: boiled or fried dumplings stuffed with meat, mashed potatoes, mushrooms, spinach, cabbage, or cheese.

    Get the recipe from MAGDA'S CAULDRON

  • Australia: Berry Yogurt Mousse Pavlova 6 of 22

    Australians celebrate Christmas in shorts and tee shirts! Pavlova is a traditional meringue-like dessert that is perfect for the hot weather at this time of year.

    Get the recipe from THE COOKING DOCTOR

  • France: Buche De Noel 7 of 22

    This French masterpiece signifies good luck, and has become a Christmas classic in other countries as well.

    Get the recipe from PORTUGUESE GIRL COOKS

  • Mexico: Tamales 8 of 22

    Tamales are made with a corn dough stuffed with meat, wrapped in a corn husk, and steamed. Get the whole family involved in making this delicious Mexican party favorite!   

    Get the recipe from BUREAU OF TASTE

  • Germany: Christmas Stollen 9 of 22

    This traditional German Christmas cake contains dried fruit and marzipan, and can be made days in advance.

    Get the recipe from NOTES FROM MY FOOD DIARY

  • Greece: Rack Of Lamb 10 of 22

    Tzatziki and simple Greek spices make this an exceptional meal for Christmas dinner.

    Get the recipe from SOUVLAKI FOR THE SOUL

  • Spain: Grilled Apples With Serrano Ham And Maple Syrup 11 of 22

    A Christmas meal in Spain begins with tapas, a lovely array of appetizers that are savored by all. 

    Get the recipe from DELICIOUS TAPAS

  • Sweden: Hot Pickled Herrings 12 of 22

    The traditional Swedish Christmas buffet, or julbord, includes pickled herring, gravlax, meatballs, and ham. 

    Get the recipe from LAVENDER AND LOVAGE

  • South Korea: Japchae With Beef Bulgogi 13 of 22

    Christmas is a public holiday in South Korea, although rather subdued.  A formal holiday dinner includes sweet potato noodles, rice cake soup, bulgogi, and kimchi.

    Get the recipe from THROUGH THE KITCHEN DOOR

  • Cuba: Pastel de Medianoche 14 of 22

    Pastel is a meat pie with a flaky crust that has variations in many different countries, including Trinidad, Argentina, and Chile.

    Get the recipe from THE MUSICIAN, WHO COOKS

  • Czeck Republic: Roasted Carp 15 of 22

    You'll find carp on the Christmas table in the city of Prague and in other Eastern European countries.

    Get the recipe from DIETHOOD

  • Japan: Christmas Cake 16 of 22

    At a Japanese Christmas feast you'll find Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Christmas sponge cake with whipped cream on the table.  

    Get the recipe from CHERRYFUL

  • Russia: Blinchiki Russian Crepes 17 of 22

    These thin crepe-like Russian pancakes are either stuffed or served with sour cream.

    Get the recipe from TARA'S MULTICULTURAL TABLE

  • Denmark: Rice Pudding With Cherry Sauce 18 of 22

    After a dinner of roast goose, potatoes, and red cabbage, rice pudding with cherry sauce is often served.

    Get the recipe from ELLEVILD MADBLOG

  • Colombia: Ajiaco 19 of 22

    This traditional Colombian chicken soup is flavored with cilantro and cumin, and is served along with empanadas at the Christmas table.

    Get the recipe from BITCHIN CAMERO

  • Finland: The Perfect Glazed Ham 20 of 22

    A glazed ham with mustard is found on most Christmas tables in Finland, along with many other delicious offerings.

    Get the recipe from MANY KITCHENS

  • Peru: Panettone 21 of 22

    Originally from Italy, panettone is a sweet bread loaf that is now a popular Christmas treat in South America.

    Get the recipe from SWAPNA'S CUISINE


  • Hong Kong: Gingerbread 22 of 22

    Hong Kong inherited a love for gingerbread from British occupation, and even though it's no longer a British colony, gingerbread is a Christmastime staple.

    Get the recipe from SIMMWORKS FAMILY BLOG

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