Unique holidays meals worth trying

Enjoy holiday meals with Delysia ChocolatierAt Delysia Chocolatier we’re known for handcrafting unique Christmas truffle collections and chocolate molds that make the holidays even more memorable. While we thoroughly enjoy indulging in artisanal chocolate every chance we get, there are a few other courses involved in holiday meals.

The holidays are closely associated with traditional dishes like baked ham, cranberry sauce and stuffing. Just the sight of them stirs up memories of past holiday celebrations. However, families throughout the world fill the dinner table with many other lesser-known, yet equally delicious, holiday dishes. If you’re looking for something new to try this holiday season consider one of these unique options.


Turducken (Cake)

If you’re a meat lover you have to try turducken at least once in your life. It’s a chicken stuffed in a duck that’s stuffed in a turkey – in other words meat upon meat upon meat. The expense and exorbitant amount of calories can only be justified during a holiday meal.

Already tried traditional turducken? Then give turducken cake a try. Los Angeles culinary artist Bree Miller came up with the concept. The cake is made with layers of cornbread and sweet potato casserole. The whole thing is covered in mashed potatoes and topped with turducken.


Beef and Green Bean Stir Fry

Green bean casserole shows up at countless holiday meals. While the recipes may all be slightly different, they’re relatively the same. You can shake things up with a beef and green bean stir fry. This traditional holiday ingredient gets completely turned on its head but few dinner guests will complain.


Danish-Style Caramelized Potatoes

You’ve probably had roast or mashed potatoes at every holiday meal for as long as you can remember. But if you live in Denmark you’re familiar with another potato side dish. Brunede Kartofler, or Danish sugar browned potatoes, is a traditional part of Christmas Eve dinners in Denmark. It’s usually paired with red cabbage, but Brunede Kartofler is so delicious it will be a welcome addition no matter what else is on your plate.


Homemade Tamales

Many cultures in the Caribbean, Central America and South America celebrate the holidays with special tamales. One of the most widely enjoyed holiday tamales is pasteles en hojas. The dough used for the outer casing is made of green plantains and root batter instead of corn. The inside is traditionally filled with seasoned savory ground beef.


What’s your favorite holiday dish? If you have a unique holiday meal tradition in your family share it with us on the Delysia Chocolatier Facebook Page


Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.