Noche Buena Favorites: All the Recipes You Need

Here are all the recipes you need to make the best noche buena spread for the holidays!

IMAGE Miguel Nacianceno

The night before Christmas is definitely on every Filipino's calendar: this is the night when comfort food meets glamour and feasting is free of judgement. Who doesn’t love noche buena? Here is a round-up of homemade Filipino favorites (because nothing beats homemade!) for your family’s noche buena spread.



1  Chicken Macaroni Salad

Have a quick side dish ready for in-between-meals munching and to accompany your tasty mains. This chicken macaroni salad recipe is a favorite that you will see on many homemade holiday spreads.




2  Glazed Roast Ham

Here’s a quick hack for a majestic noche buena centerpice: buy store-bought ham, then glaze it yourself! This glaze recipe for roast ham only needs three ingredients.




3  Beef Morcon

Beef morcon is a Filipino-style beef roll stuffed with hard-boiled eggs, pickles, and chorizo. If you see it on a table, that probably means there’s a party going on.




4  Herb-Crusted Roast Beef

Every noche buena spread needs a star on the table: make this roast beef recipe your go-to for your Christmas party. This easy-to-follow recipe also has tips on how to keep this dish budget-friendly.




5  Queso de Bola and Sausage Lasagna

Queso de Bola, or edam cheese, is a Christmastime staple in Philippine households. Put all that cheese to good use and whip up and delicious lasagna!




6  Bibingka

Bibingka is a rice cake that is traditionally cooked over coals, in banana leaves, and in a very hot clay oven. Top your bibingka with large knobs of butter, shaved fresh coconut, salted egg slices or itlog na maalat, and a small sprinkle of sugar.  




7  Leche Flan

End your indulgent Noche Buena with an extra-indulgent dessert: leche flan! This soft, rich, and smooth custard dessert is a must for the holidays.




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