A Mexican-Inspired Christmas Holiday Dinner

Source: www.thedailymeal.com – Posted by Will Budiaman, Editor

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It’s natural to find comfort in routines, but sometimes it’s nice to do something a little different for the holidays. These recipes aren’t meant to be a complete 360 from the traditional holiday dinner; instead, each of them offers a slight twist on the classics. For example, chef Patricio Sandoval of Mercadito Restaurant incorporates mescal-soaked dates into his butternut squash gratin, and Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill packs some serious flavor into his ham showstopper with a chipotle-glaze and cherry-jicama salsa. And don’t forget the homemade corn tortillas

Mexican Spice Cider  

Kick off the holiday festivities right with this spiced and spicy cider from chef Patricio Sandoval… 

Garlicky Habanero Macadamia Nuts

In case you have to rush around the kitchen at the last minute, here’s a light snack from chef Rick Bayless to keep everyone’s appetite at bay… 

Tortilla Soup with South-of-the-Border Flavors  

A classic tortilla soup recipe that is full of flavor from chef Dean Fearing … 

Chipotle-Glazed Ham with Cherry-Jicama Salsa  

Here’s a fantastic holiday centerpiece with a Mexican-inspired twist… 

Sausage Relleno with Apples  

Here’s an easy and flavorful sausage stuffing recipe that’s great for stuffing turkey, duck, or goose, or just as a side dish all on its own … 

Butternut Squash Gratin with Mescal-Marinated Dates  

Slices of butternut squash are cooked in heavy cream and vanilla until nearly fork-tender…

 Cranberry-Orange Salsa  

Aromas of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg set the tone for a festive holiday atmosphere … 

Ancho Chile Chocolate Cake  

This nearly flourless chocolate cake gets a hint of spice with the addition of ancho chiles, a dried form of the poblano …

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