For those of you who enjoy cooking over the festive season, we have compiled a list of the most popular festive season recipes appearing on Compass & Fork. Use this list of the 18 most popular festive season recipes from around the world to provide some creative cooking inspiration during this holiday period.
You will find festive season recipes from both the northern hemisphere where this time of the year can be rather cool, as well as festive season recipes from the southern hemisphere, where it is summer!
You might also like our collections of popular dinner recipes, vegetarian recipes and seafood recipes from around the world.
Within the list below the country the recipe is from is provided as reference. You can find a full 3-4 course dinner menu for each country we have featured on Compass & Fork if you would like to expand dinner to a night of entertaining family and friends.
Each country we have featured has many of their traditional recipes on Compass & Fork. You can find them using either the Recipe Search – by cuisine, or the drop down menu at the top of the page under Recipes | By Cuisine. Featured destinations on Compass & Fork include: Italy, Turkey, Patagonia, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Uruguay, both Melbourne and Tasmania (Australia), Thailand, Peru, Greece and Cyprus, as well as Cambodia and Laos.
Most of these recipes are quite easy to prepare. If you can’t find the ingredients locally, please check the Compass & Fork shop, there are links to where to purchase the items online. (Most of the recipes contain a link to the item in the shop as well, so you can find them easily.)
So without further ado here are our 18 of the Most Popular Festive Season Recipes from Around the World.
Brunch: 18 of the Most Popular Festive Season Recipes from Around the World
Swiss Potato Rosti | Switzerland
Turkish Style Poached Eggs | Turkey
Blue Corn Fish Tacos | USA
Pisco Sour | Peru (and Chile)
Appetizers: 18 of the Most Popular Festive Season Recipes from Around the World
Meze Platter | Turkey
Antipasto Platter | Italy
Spring Rolls | Thailand
Entrees (Mains): 18 of the Most Popular Festive Season Recipes from Around the World
Smoked Turkey | USA
Lamb Roast | Greece
Roast Pork | Australia
Sides (Veggies): 18 of the Most Popular Festive Season Recipes from Around the World
Scalloped Potatoes | Peru
Roasted Asparagus | Australia
Creamy Rustic Mashed Potatoes | Australia
Shopska Salad | Bulgaria
Desserts: 18 of the Most Popular Festive Season Recipes from Around the World
Ice Cream Plum Pudding | Australia
Bourbon Balls | USA
Shortbread | Australia
Loukoumades (Donuts) | Greece
Great roundup! I always love learning about other cultures. My grandparents were Swedish and we would always have caviar, roasted lamb and Glogg during the holidays. So good!
Erin, so important to keep family food culture going as well. It is such an interesting topic. We have not been to Scandinavia and it is on our bucket list to go.
The Shopska Salad from Bulgaria looks delicious!
I do love the color of the shopska salad. Almost the colors of Christmas.
What a wonderful assortment of recipes! The meze plate looks interesting…
Thanks Anne. The Turkish meze plate is a highlight of color and tastes. Good for a crowd.
The Australian roast pork looks so good!
Yes I love all of that crackling!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
This looks like a great collection! We’ve made a smoked turkey before and it is always a hit!
Yes the smoked turkey is a highlight. But then so is the pork, lamb etc. etc.
Jessy @ The Life Jolie
Wow, so many delicious options to choose from! I am a huge fan of lamb (I don’t eat it enough!) so I think that would probably be my favorite but they really all look amazing!
The lamb is a favorite from where we come from. There is so much good food from all over the world, so nice to share the love around.
Love the collection of recipes and they do make a great holiday party list. Lovely round up and choices of recipes.
Thank you so much. There is great food from all different parts of the world, so good for other folks to see what is popular from other parts of the world.
Silvia @ Garden in the Kitchen
I simply love this roundup, because I love food from around the world. It’s one of my favorite things about traveling, eating and learning about their food, and I feel like I literally just went around the world. YUMMY!!
I agree with you about travel and food. The food enjoyed from traveling is one of the main reasons we actually do travel. You can learn so much about the culture of various countries by discovering what and how they eat.
These all look delicious and this is a great idea for a round-up. There are so many dishes I’d love to try.
I do love seeing round ups. It is a great way to visualize and then taste variations on the same theme.
Thanks for putting this amazing group of recipes together. It’s so much fun to visit other cultures food!
I am with you on other cultures. The history of food and how it has moved to various places around the world with migration is rather fascinating!
This a great round up to provide a list of unique tastes. I seriously love everyone of these recipes. The ice cream pudding, lamb, roast pork….. I don’t know where to start! I will be sharing this on facebook!
Thank you Sharee. It is a fun time of the year to celebrate everything that is good in the world, including the food.