Looking to give your Christmas a Camino de Santiago touch? Here are nine ideas to help you create a Camino-inspired menu for Christmas!
Shellfish is ‘the’ Christmas fare in Galicia. Every home will have at least one shellfish dish for Christmas Eve, depending on their budget. Clams and langoustines are one of the favourites but many also go for more extravagant and expensive seafood such as lobster, spidercrab or even gooseneck barnacles (they are very dangerous to get and therefore can go for up to 200€ per kilo!). Fish is also very traditional, specially cod with cauliflower.
Oysters are also very popular in some parts of France, as part of the Christmas menu.
Turrón originates from the Alicante region but has become the most popular and traditional Christmas sweet in Spain. The classic turrón is what Spaniards called the ‘hard’ turrón, you’ll recognise its mix of white sugar and whole almonds. Although there are many new types of turrón.
Nougat in France is also quite similar and also a traditional Christmas sweet treat.
–Roscón de Reyes, Kings Cake
For the celebrations of the ‘Three Wise Men’ or the ‘Three Kings’ on 6th January, you will need to make a ‘Roscón de Reyes’ or Kings Cake to go with your hot chocolate. If you are walking the Camino de Santiago during those dates, you will be able to find some in any bakery and many cafes will serve it on the day too. In France, there is a similar cake called Galette des Rois and in Portugal (Portuguese Way) it is called Bolo Rei. Read our Roscon Recipe.
Capon cockerel is another traditional meat for Christmas in many parts of France and also in some parts of Galicia, particularly the town of Vilalba in Lugo, on the Northern Way. Vilalba is home to the biggest capon fair in the country just before Christmas time. Arzúa, on the French Way, also hosts a capon fair.
–Mantecados and Polvorones
Mantecados are another classic Spanish Christmas sweet, originating mainly from the South, in Andalucía (Via de la Plata). The main ingredients for this crumbly sweets are butter and ground almonds. They come in many flavours: cinnamon, lemon, wine, etc…
Lamb is a very popular and tasty choice of meat for Christmas dinner in the region of Castilla y León (French Way)
–Sonhos de Natal
In Portugal (Portuguese Way), ‘Sonhos de Natal’ choux pastry buns sprinkled with sugar are very traditional this time of the year.
–Cider and Cava
–Tarta de Santiago
And if you want to give your Christmas the ultimate Camino de Santiago flavour, make sure you add a delicious almondy St James tart, Tarta de Santiago, to your Christmas menu. Enjoy!
*You might also like to read 6 Camino Christmas Traditions.
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