Continuing with our Christmas all over the world theme we are going from the Ukraine to Ireland now we are heading all the way over to Africa. Africa has an amazing range of food and their celebratory/Christmas dishes are just so good and all about comfort food. A great place to visit with some amazing food to eat and these African Christmas recipes will have everyone at your dinner table drooling. Nlow the reason I chose Africa is mainly because, for a time, I had a South African step mother who introduced me to so many amazing foods and recipes that I know so many of you are going to love. A few of my favorites that I have collected over the years are mostly from a couple pages online but these recipes work and they are GOOD.
Amarula Malva Pudding from Getaway
This is my all time favorite dessert, if you have never had Amarula you are missing out. It is an amazing liqueur that is so creamy and delicate it is like nothing else. My step mother used to tell me stories about how they started making it – they noticed elephants would eat the fruit off this tree once they had fallen to the ground. Given time to ferment on their own you see it would make the elephants a little tipsy so they started harvesting it themselves to make liqueur. Using it in the sauce to pour over a traditional Malva pudding and you have created a simple and decadent dessert for everyone to enjoy.
Roast Potatoes and Biltong from Getaway
Potatoes of some kind are a must at any Christmas dinner and these roasted potatoes will make you sad they didn’t last to leftovers. If you don’t know what Biltong is like African beef jerky – it is a bit drier and a bit more tough but packed with a lot more flavor. It is really amazing and grating it into these potatoes makes them a total knockout of a dish. They compliment each other and would even be a great addition if you wanted to go the mashed potato route vs. the roasted.
Cremora Tart from Rhodes Quality
Dessert is always a great way to create a show stopping moment and this great retro dessert from African is the perfect way to do that. The Cremora tart is the perfect way to end a heavy meal. It is light and crispy with the perfect amount of fruit and chocolate. It is a great dessert to end any Christmas dinner with and it even looks a bit like a toblerone! It is a must make even if you aren’t doing it for a fancy dinner.
Mozambique Peri Peri Grill Chicken from Immaculate Bites
Now grilling might not be an option for a lot of us during the month of December but there are stove top grillers or you can roast this like I have in the past. This spicy flavorful chicken is amazing and I can’t speak more highly of it. With its bright and colorful ingredients it is the perfect way to add that festive color splash you needed.
Nigerian Fried Rice from Immaculate Bites
There can never be too many side dishes at a Christmas dinner table and this rice dish should definitely make it onto your menu. It is packed with flavor like all African dishes, of course if you wanted to make these by itself it can honestly be a meal all on its own. Filled with amazing shrimp and of course the liver is totally optional if that isn’t your families jam – my step mother used to replace it with yogurt marinated goat which was incredible.
With these recipes you will fall in love with African food like I did as a teen and I hope you share the amazing experience with your family and friends this holiday season!