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Around The World In 15 Traditional Xmas Foods

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How do different countries get in the Christmas spirit? With food, of course! Find out who eats what, here.

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France — Buche de Noël

In France, Christmas dinner is traditionally followed by Buche de Noël for dessert. This light, chocolate-covered sponge cake is evocative of the yule log, which for centuries was added to the hearth at winter solstice to provide lasting light and warmth.  Learn how to make this symbolic treat here. 


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VIDEO: Spanish Empanadas

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2.25 Cups of flour
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 3 Tsp. of lard
  • 1/5 Cup of warm water
  • 5 Tsp. of olive oil
  • 1 Onion, minced
  • 1/2 pound of ground beef
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • 1 Tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 Tsp. of cumin
  • 2 Garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 Can of diced tomatoes

METHOD

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, beaten egg, lard, warm water, and olive oil, and mix thoroughly. 
  2. In a hot pan, pour a little olive oil and sautée the onions, until tender. Add the ground beef, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, garlic and diced tomatoes. Cook until beef is no longer pink, and the flavors have incorporated well. 
  3. Roll out the empanada dough, and cut out circles with a ramekin. 
  4. Cover a baking tray with a piece of parchment paper, and place the dough circles on top. 
  5. Fill with meat mixture, fold in half and press with the edge of a fork. Brush with egg yolk to glaze.
  6. Cook at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden.
  7. Remove from oven... and enjoy!

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