Bringing Culture to SJU via Unique Holiday Foods

Are you tired of the same holiday foods showing up on the dining room table every year? Well, you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve reached out to fellow Hawks here on campus and asked them for some new recipes to spice up your holiday traditions!

1. Roasted Christmas Goose

To kick things off, we have a traditional German dish suggested by Zoe Wohlleben. According to Wohlleben, she has had roasted goose during the holidays for as long as she can remember. Not only is this a long tradition in the Wohlleben household, but it dates back to the time of the ancient Greeks. Even though your average turkey is definitely plumper, the Greeks favored the goose during the holidays for its rich and flavorful zest. If you’re looking to try a new protein this Christmas, this roast goose recipe might be for you!

2. Salvadoran Christmas Turkey

Up next, we have another protein coming all the way from Salvador, recommended by fellow senior Hawk Maya Mendoza. Known in Salvador as “Pavo Salvadoreno,” this unique turkey is braised and roasted in a savory tomato-based sauce, coming out of the oven with the aroma of well-incorporated spices and flavors. Maya shares her personal experiences with the dish, saying “when the turkey makes it to the table, it is a race to get the best parts,” claiming “everyone at the table looks like vultures going at the bird.” If that is not enough proof that this meal is worth all the hype, go ahead and try it out for yourself!

3. Disco Fries

Coming up, we have a side dish provided by Emily Cook, a junior from New Jersey. Consisting of a mix of french fries, mozzarella cheese, and gravy, disco fries are sure to leave you feeling fat and happy this holiday season. During the holidays, Emily says, “there isn’t anything better than getting disco fries with friends and going to see Christmas lights.” Disco fries have become a tradition for Emily, and who knows, it could become your new tradition too!

4. Bologna and Cream Cheese Roll-Ups

Moving on, we have another rare side dish suggested by Elena Barb, a junior from southern New Jersey. In the Barb household, bologna and cream cheese roll-ups have been a long-standing joke, becoming “a Christmas tradition that cannot be forgotten.” Not only are they visually appealing, but these sweet snacks are incredibly simple to make and are sure to be a hit at your next holiday event!

5.  Pavlova

Finally, sophomore Bonnie Yu brings us a tasty treat to finish off any delicious meal with a traditional Australian dessert. Pavlova, which is a well-known dessert with origins leading back to New Zealand, has been a part of Bonnie’s Aussie holiday traditions since she was little. Pavlova is a sweet composition of both a soft meringue base and a crisp outer layer, topped with whipped cream, fresh fruit, and powdered sugar. If you want a well-balanced, light, and delicious treat after the Salvadoran turkey settles, then look no further!

Pavlova, a traditional Australian dessert. “Individual Pavlovas with Fruit” by kimberlykv is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Now that we have good you feeling hungry for these unique holiday foods, which one will be making an appearance at your next holiday dinner?