Christmas is just around the corner and while most of you might be scrambling to tick things off your shopping list, I’m here searching the world wide web for noche buena dishes that I can prepare this year. It’s going to be our first Christmas in our new home and I bought new serving dishes so I’m excited to cook, cook, cook!
Shall we start?
Noche Buena Dish #1: Christmas Ham Glazed with Pineapple Sauce
What is one can’t-miss dish in your Noche Buena table? For me, it’s definitely Christmas Ham. A Filipino Noche Buena feast is not complete without Christmas Ham, for sure! I love mine drizzled with sweet pineapple ham glaze, just the way my mom makes it. Since we’ll be having our Christmas Eve dinner in our condo, I want to make our first Christmas at home special by serving a plate of no other than Premium #HolidayHam. Serve it with Queso de Bola and you’re good to go!
Many thanks to our friends from CDO for sending over a Christmas basket with our favorite Noche Buena food. Christmas will surely be merry this year! Goodbye diet!
Noche Buena Dish #2: Filipino Style Spaghetti
What’s a Filipino get together without spaghetti? Come to think of it, wala akong get together na napuntahan na walang spaghetti. Aba, hindi party yan pag walang spaghetti! :D This dish is a mainstay in all Filipino parties–birthdays, baptisms, and of course, Christmas! Our minis love Del Monte’s Filipino-style spaghetti sauce with their spaghetti topped with lots of grated cheese so I’m definitely serving this on Christmas.
P.S. Many thanks to Del Monte for sending over gift packs! #PasKumpletoAngSarap talaga with Del Monte!
Noche Buena Dish #3: Grilled Stuffed Tilapia
We usually have Rellenong Bangus on our Christmas table, but this year, I want to showcase Daddy A’s special no-fail Grilled Stuffed Tilapia recipe. It’s delicious, easy to make and will surely become a favorite on the table! We’ve served this in our many get togethers and our guests keep asking for more.
You can find Daddy A’s recipe here. I promise you, this is VERY easy to make! Hop on over to the recipe page to see what’s the secret to the perfectly grilled Tilapia. :)
Noche Buena Dish #4: Lechong Baboy
We don’t usually serve this on our table because we always order too late (haha), but I see lots of families serve this during Noche Buena. I don’t think we’ll have it this year since there’s just four of us at home and having Lechong Baboy is a little too much. If you’re planning to order, though, I suggest that you order (in advance) from one of these top Lechong Baboy suppliers in the metro:
Lydia’s Lechon (one of my faves!)
There are several branches nationwide. You can order online here.
Abel’s Lechon Cebu
Address: #11 Buenviaje Bldg., Marcos Highway, Marikina City
Phone: 0923-427-5158 or (02) 225 8218
Bellychon – Home of Chichabel and Kare-Kare ni Juling
Address: 35 Cohen St., Filinvest Subdivision, Marcos Highway, Antipolo
Phone: (02) 994-2202, (02) 654-7072, and 09209226864
Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly (Boneless Lechon Belly!!!)
Branches: MOA, Festival Supermall, SM Jazz, Eastwood Citywalk, SM Sta. Mesa, Puregold QI and Commonwealth
Phone: (02) 984-8043
Diplahan Lechon (Zamboanga-style Lechon)
Address: #322 Brgy. Mayamot, Marcos Highway, Antipolo City (across Caltex, right before Cherry Foodarama)
Phone: 0917-826-8010 and 0917-826-8017
Noche Buena Dish #5: Paella
Another mainstay in our previous Christmas dinners, Paella is flavorful and colorful dish that originated from Spain. My mom likes serving Seafood Paella with lots of prawns, crab meat, mussels and bits of chorizo.
Sometimes, she also includes chicken or beef strips to her paella. This is a fun dish to try–you can actually add anything you want (just make sure everything tastes good together!).
I haven’t decided if I will include this dish this year, but if you want to serve paella during your Christmas feast, give this recipe by Jamie Oliver a try.
- Fruit Salad
- Leche Flan
- Mango Float
- Graham Balls
What’s your 2015 Noche Buena spread? Share your recipes in the comments section below!