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Recipes for Christmas: From Ham to Pernil


When it comes to Christmas dinner, traditional Christmas recipes are essential to give a Latin touch to your family celebration. And not to lose the custom, we share recipes for Christmas like ham with pineapple and roasted ham. Want to try something different with turkey? Add a Mexican touch by cooking it in a mole poblano. And if you are very busy with the holiday chores, prepare the suckling pig in a slow-cooking pot with blueberry sauce. Make this Christmas as tasty as it is unforgettable.

Christmas turkey with Chile Salsa

If you are looking for a Christmas dinner with Mexican flavors, I assure you that this recipe of turkey baked with chile will give you that spicy touch you are looking for. The spicy taste of chile combines beautifully with the beautiful texture of achiote pasta. So much so that you will want to eat leftovers long after the holidays are over!

19 Ingredients

8 guajillo chiles
4 chiles ancho
6 chilli peppers
6 cups of water
1 12 lb turkey
2 chipotles in adobo
1 3.5 oz annatto paste bar, cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
1 spoonful of cumin seeds
1/2 spoon of dehydrated marjoram
1/2 spoonful of dehydrated thyme
2 teaspoons pepper
3 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
12 cloves garlic, minced
7 cups of chicken broth
1 lb unsalted butter at room temperature
2 lemons, sliced
1 sweet onion, sliced

1. Return the seeds and stems to the peppers and place in a large glass bowl.
2. Cover with water and cook in the microwave for 10 minutes, blend in 5 minutes.
3. Remove from the microwave and let stand.
4. Clean turkey, remove neck and gizzards, rinse and dry with paper napkins. Transfer to a baking sheet with a rack. Preheat oven to 450 ° F.
5. Strain the water from the chiles and transfer them to the blender.
6. Add chipotles, achiote paste, oregano, cumin seeds, marjoram, thyme, 1 teaspoon pepper, 2 salt, vinegar, half garlic, 3 butter bars, and 3 cups chicken broth. Blend at a rapid rate until a homogeneous consistency is obtained. Try to see if salt is good. Serve 2 cups of the sauce in a bowl and reserve.
7. Transfer the rest of the sauce to a saucepan and heat over low heat. Add 4 cups of chicken broth and 1 stick of butter. Cook until the butter is melted. Serve half of this mixture on the bottom of the tray. Reserve the leftover sauce to spread the turkey.
8. Stuff the turkey with lemons, onions and chopped garlic, and pepper. Spread 2 cups of chili paste and butter all over the turkey and under the skin of the breast.
9. Bake for 30 minutes uncovered. Reduce the temperature to 350 ° F, cover with foil and continue baking for 2 1/2 hours. In the last 2 hours, grease the turkey with the sauce every 30 minutes. The turkey will be ready when the turkey breast reaches a temperature of 165 ° F and that of the leg, 180 ° F.
10. Remove from the oven and let stand for 1 hour. Cut it out and serve with your favorite gravy.


A Bloody Mary Drink That is Delicious

There are some people who fight a hangover with the very thing that gave them one in the first place. While they may not use the same type of drink or quite the same amount, there are a lot of people that I know who will do a Bloody Mary mix and drink it when they are feeling the pains the morning after a hard night of partying. While I have never done this, I have seen others do it and swear that it makes them feel much better. I guess it is one of those things about fighting fire with fire!

Anyway, there is one particular kind of Bloody Mary mix that they like to use. It is made with something called Clamato rather than tomatoes. If you look at the word long enough, what it actually is might jump out at you! It is a mix of clam juice and tomato juice. I know that sounds like a weird combination, but don’t knock it until you have tried it. I may not drink this for a hangover, but I knew that I was going to be a fan the moment I tasted it.

This mix is added to vodka and the Clamato juice, and the end result is heaven on earth. It really is that tasty! When my friends and I would drink a Bloody Mary before, it was usually over a shared lunch somewhere. They did not happen that often, perhaps twice a month. With this mix that we now use, it is something that we all drink a lot more often. I still limit myself to how much I will drink, but it is too good to only have twice a month. It is also very easy to mix, and it does make the perfect gift too!

Easy Dinner Menu for Christmas and New Year

Fourth proposal to our easy menu for dinner Christmas Eve, Eve, food Christmas, or any other celebration.  Here we present these, hoping you like it.

Smoked Salmon Salad Tacos

An easy recipe, one quick recipe a great recipe, we close our eyes open and you’re done, we can procure from time to time a delicious dish without difficulty and with which we will be very pleased that we did today with this rich salad lugged salmon smoked this great.

1 Package Smoked Salmon tacos
Tomatoes Cherries
Grated carrot
Sweet corn
Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar of Modena


  • To make this quick recipe we used a package of smoked salmon tacos that already sell in our markets. We took the package and place it directly on the serving plate.
  • We clean one endive and remove some outbreaks and cut them into pieces.
  • Wash tomatoes and cut a few cherries in half.
  • Peel the carrot and cut into strips.
  • Add a few grains of sweet corn in a can.
  • Salted vegetables, threw virgin olive oil, and a splash of balsamic vinegar of Modena.

And get ready to taste the dish. Have fun!