Maltese food for Christmas is a bit different. Christmas is a period very important in Malta and Gozo. Traditions and customs are fully implanted here in terms of decorations, masses, prayers, cribs and carols. This period is also a good time to enjoy and eat with your family typical Christmas Maltese dishes. You are wondering what Maltese people eat during Christmas? – Here below are some typical facts:
During Christmas, Maltese people can either eat at home or in a restaurant. In fact, during this period of the year in Malta you will see many restaurants offering special Christmas menus with package and offers. Usually you find this type of food: tuna, chicken, seafood, pork, even soups or pasta.
At home, during Christmas, the common dishes are the following ones:
- Chicken broth (“brodu tat-tiġieġa”),
- Baked chicken with potatoes (”tiġieġa bil-patata il-forn”),
- Baked macaroni (”imqarrun il-forn“).
Futhermore, for many Maltese people, pork is their Christmas main dish: baked pork with potatoes (”majjal bil-patata il-forn”). The meal is served with fresh fruit, oranges (”larinġ“), and tangerines (”mandolin”).
When it comes to traditional Christmas sweets, you will hear about the Hot Chestnut and Cocoa Soup (‘Imbuljuta Tal-Qastan)’ and the Honey or Treacle Rings – ‘Qagħaq tal-Għasel’
The first one is a drink generally served after Midnight Mass on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. You can also find it in several Christmas markets. This drink is prepared with cinnamon, chocolate, orange and tangerine rinds as ingredients.
Regarding the Qagħaq tal-għasel , they are sweet pastry rings filled with a treacle mixture. Literally translated they are ‘honey rings’; but there is absolutely no honey in the recipe. The main ingredient in the filling is treacle.
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