These Are Our Best Christmas Recipes That You Need To Bookmark

These dishes are made to be on your Christmas menu!

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Dust off your apron. You're going to want to bring out the best in you to make any of these recipes because this lists all the best recipes of 2019 you're going to want to make for Christmas this year.

From the irresistible tenderness and crunch that only a lechon can offer to the layered confection that marries leche flan and cake, you're going to want to save these recipes so you can make it for Noche Buena. 

Ready to cook? Here are the recipes you need to put on your Christmas menu:  

Lechon Recipes 

Crackling skin will never be as good as it is when it's on a lechon. Take advantage of our tried and tested recipes to make sure that your homemade lechon recipe will be the star of the buffet table.

This crispy pork belly recipe is a tasty homemade boneless lechon you can easily make at home.
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1 Boneless Lechon Recipe 

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The pork belly may be the single most favorite pork cut of them all! That's why when it comes to making homemade lechon, the boneless belly cut is a clear favorite. There's no need to carve around bones, and it stays incredibly succulent throughout the cooking process, ensuring that you get a bite that's both super crunchy as well as juicy. 

Once you try (and succeed!) at making lechon for this Christmas, you'll be sure to have many offers to make every kind of lechon recipe for every family gathering from now on!

These pork belly chunks are from a pork belly that's been roasted under a layer of salt.
Photo by Bianca Laxamana

2 Lechon Macau Recipe 

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Care to try a different kind of lechon? This lechon gets its aromatic flavors from the spices rubbed into the pork before it's cooked so whether you love the traditional version or not, this is one lechon recipe that will have you salivating before it even reaches your table. 

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Pork Recipes 

Even if you're not going to make your own lechon at home, you can make other pork dishes that may up the ante when it comes to delicious pork dishes. Here are a few suggestions:

This hamoncito is simmered in a mixture of seasoned orange and pineapple juice to create a fantastic sauce packed with umami.
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3 Christmas Hamoncito Recipe 

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Lechon isn't the only pork dish you can present at the Noche Buena table to wow everyone! This hamoncito recipe has a wonderful backstory that ends with a fabulous recipe that you will want to recreate for your own handaan

Can you resist saying no to another stick of this delicious barbecue?
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4 Pinoy-Style Barbecue Recipe 

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No party is complete without our favorite pork barbecue, and that includes the Christmas buffet table. Don't disappoint, and make sure to make at least an entire bilao full of these meat-skewered sticks two nights before so you can cook it just in time for the festivities to begin. 

Beef Recipes 

Not everyone is content with just one kind of food on the table, so give your guests and fellow diners an option that isn't pork with these beef recipes: 

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5 Beef Morcon Recipe 

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This beef roll stuffed with hotdogs, cheese, and hard-boiled egg is a classic party recipe that will be expected among the titas and titos of Manila who attend your handaan spread. Braised in a flavorful soy sauce mixture, the morcon can be stuffed with the traditional stuffing or you can play around and use your favorite ingredients instead. Either way, rolling it up and making it delicious is another way of making your guests feel at home and satisfied. 

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6 Beef Kaldereta Recipe 

Here is one classic beef recipe that you may think is everyday fare but can be made special with just a few additions to the dish. While you may be used to having your kaldereta full of chunks of bell peppers, potatoes, and carrots, try the addition of olives to take it from ordinary to especially delicious this Noche Buena. 

Chicken Recipes 

Chicken dishes will always be a favorite among partygoers. This Christmas we're sure will be no different, so here are chicken recipes that we know will be a hit: 

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7 Chicken Relleno or Galantina Recipe 

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Did you know that the chicken relleno and galantina refer to the same kind of roast chicken? That's right! Both recipes are basically deboned whole chickens with its breast meat stuffed back into its cavity seasoned and upgraded to be supremely flavorful and delicious.   

This fried chicken recipe is buttered and served with a butter gravy, too.
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8 Pinoy-Style Butter Fried Chicken Recipe 

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How can you go wrong with a fried chicken recipe that's as gloriously presented as this one? This Pinoy-style fried chicken gets a double butter treatment. It gets a brushing of butter and drizzled with a buttery gravy, too. If this doesn't have guests hungry, we're not sure what will. 

Seafood Recipes 

When it comes to party recipes, seafood dishes are going to be the fantastic option that many will look for. Give your guests what they want to eat with these dishes that they might only get to eat at grand parties during Christmas:

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9 Inihaw na Pusit Recipe 

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Stuffed chicken isn't the only dish you can serve! Inihaw na pusit can be just as festive as a rellenong manok but it's much less work. You can make it as decadent as you like with premium ingredients but serving this stuffed dish we think is just as fancy as it can get. 

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10 Baked Tahong Recipe 

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What we think is so great about tahong is that it's fast to cook and instantly delicious. That's why making this baked version makes it instantly special, too. Best part is, it's easy to swap out the shellfish for oysters or even large halaan or clams.

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Pasta Recipes 

Rice will always be a staple at any party but if you're going to make a pasta, the classics are usually well worth the effort to make so everyone is satisfied with their meal: 

This easy macaroni salad is made with canned tuna.
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11 Macaroni Salad Recipe 

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What's more classic than a chicken macaroni salad at a Noche Buena party? If, however, you're looking to be a little different, what you can do with this pasta salad extends beyond what this classic usually has. You can swap out the chicken with tuna, add bell peppers, or even use more than one fruit to sweeten the mix! The possibilities are endless with this versatile recipe! 

Photo by Bianca Laxamana

12 Baked Macaroni Recipe 

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You can always make a meaty lasagna but if you're looking to make it easier on yourself, try the equally classic but more Pinoy-oriented baked macaroni recipe. This easy recipe is really just your favorite meaty pasta sauce tossed with macaroni and baked with a grating of creamy cheese on top, maybe mixed with some stretchy mozzarella cheese to make that irresistible cheese pull to lure your guests into taking a spoonful. 

Dessert 

You can't end the night without something sweet! We have delicious tried and tested leche flan recipes, cathedral windows, and cakes that will definitely make you stand up and dance with joy. 

This leche flan recipe is a winner.
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13 Leche Flan Recipe  

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If there was one recipe that is tried and true over the years, it's this leche flan recipe. Just follow the recipe as written and come time to serve, you'll be rewarded with a luscious and silky dessert that will seal your love for the humble leche flan.

 

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14 Ube Leche Flan Cake Recipe 

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What's more decadent than a leche flan with ube? A dessert that has both! We think this is one leche flan cake recipe that will inspire many others to grab a slice before there's no slice to take anymore. 

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15 Cathedral Windows Recipe 

We always say classic recipes are favorites for a reason, and one of those reasons is the fact that it's always going to be a winning dish no matter when it's served. The cathedral windows recipe is one of them. A deceptively simple recipe that marries different kinds of flavored gulaman squares into one big serving you can share, it can be easy to make a mistake and mess up the entire thing. 

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For those times when you think you may fail, this is the recipe you should turn to because it's an old recipe that has seen its share of successes more often than failures. Make this recipe and you can be sure that come dinner time, you'll have a stunningly colorful dessert that you'd be proud to serve.  

Christmas is just not Christmas without the satisfaction of eating one's weight in food. It's just that time of the year when diets are forgotten, joyous cheer is shared, and wonderful company is appreciated. Make your gatherings as wonderful a time to be together as you can with delicious food to warm your hearts and bellies. 

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