All of the Christmas inspo you need to create a holiday menu special to everyone.
Twas’ the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for three little chefs making a mess; per usual! Tis the season, to cook and eat our lives away.
For our Christmas holiday story, we blended our individual backgrounds to create a Christmas fusion menu inspired by our different cultures. Diana and Celi are Mexican, while Hannah is German, Polish, Lithuanian and a little bit of everything else.
Combining Cultures Close to You
This inclusive approach to combining our heritages into one menu was a great way to honor the spirit of Christmas. We had a lot of fun brainstorming and developing these recipes together. For a memorable holiday, consider making a personalized menu combining the cultures close to you. It’s always fun to learn more about the people you love through their traditions, especially holiday traditions! A cross-culture menu is also a beautiful way to break the ice between families that are coming together for the first time.
Mexican Holiday Tradition
In Mexican culture, it is custom to make tamales for Christmas and New Years Eve. The art of tamale making becomes a whole family affair! Considering how time consuming it is to make tamales, it’s best to rally the whole family to help out in an assembly line. This year, Diana spread the masa, Hannah’s dad manned the filling, and Celi did the folding as Hannah tied the tamales. In addition to our German tamales, we also made traditional tamales with pasilla chiles, Monterey Jack, and shredded chicken.
When deciding on how to marry our two cultures together with tamales we instantly thought of using potatoes and German sausage instead of your traditional shredded pork. The mild flavor of German Bratwurst mixed well with the smokiness and spices of the red chili sauce. Find out how to make our Bratwurst Tamales in Red Chile Sauce plus our masa do’s and don’t here.
We used enchiladas as a vessel to highlight flavors originating from Hannah’s Eastern European roots. In the end, we developed a rich and creamy recipe for Braised Short Rib Strogonaff Enchiladas. We were floored when these babies came out of the oven. The flavor-packed beef sauce, tender meat, and onion-y sour cream sauce really made for a crave-worthy combo!