Canadian Christmas dishes are a delicious representation of the expansive terroir of the country and its diverse population.
Some Canadian Christmas dishes have been passed down for generations while other holiday dishes evolved from local traditions and available ingredients. Let's take a look now at seven classic recipes and what makes them so special.
7 Canadian Christmas Dishes
Tourtière is a French-Canadian Christmas dish hails from the province of Quebec. It is a double-crusted meat pie often made from a blend of meats - often minced beef, veal and pork. Usually accompanied by a relish.
Locals combat chilly temperatures with an array of mulled drinks including apple cider and mulled wine.
These decadent bars get their name from their town of origin: Nanaimo, British Columbia. They feature a creamy vanilla centre sandwiched between two layers of chocolatey goodness. Try this recipe for Nanaimo bars.
This legendary Canadian dessert features a flaky pastry filled with butter, syrup, sugar and eggs. Butter tarts can also contain raisins or nuts.
This hearty green vegetable can withstand Canadian winters and is a common side dish during Christmas dinner festivities. Try this tasty recipe for Brussels sprouts with chestnuts.
Canada's Eastern European population has gifted the country a tradition of delicious, comfort food some of which have become very much part of Canada's Christmas traditions. Perogies are either savoury or sweet depending on what you want t serve. They are usually served with sour cream if savoury. Try this perogies recipe.
Buttery mashed potatoes are a must at a Canadian Christmas table. You can add a twist by making cheesy mashed potatoes.
Bûche de Noël
Another classic Canadian Christmas dish is the yule log (Bûche de Noël). This festive dessert is especially popular in Quebec. Bring down the house with this recipe for a chocolate yule log.