Top 10 Boricua Christmas Menu and Recipes

Puerto Rico Christmas

In Puerto Rico, Christmas means lots of family, music and fun, but at the same time brings a series of joyous, satisfying feasts. The tradition of families and friends is not completed without a season dinner with the many options of food, desserts and drinks. The dishes are a testament to the island’s historic blend of Spanish, African and Taíno cultures. Enjoy and “buen provecho”!

Top 10 Boricua Christmas Menu and Recipes

Lechón Asado

Our local version of the roasted pork during the holidays is a little bit extreme. Lechón cook experts cook the entire pork on a stick in open fire for hours until the skin has a crispy texture. The skin itself is another story, because,…
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Marajerte

Majarete is a dessert that is popular in many latino countries like Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Majarete's origin isn't clear, and the recipe varies slightly from country to country, which is the case for…
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Pasteles

In Puerto Rico, pasteles are a cherished culinary recipe, especially around Christmas-time. The masa consists of typically grated green banana, green plantain, eddoe (yautía), potato, and tropical pumpkins known as calabazas. It is seasoned…
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Pernil al Horno (pork shoulder)

In the Puerto Rican countryside, you can often find roadside stands where whole "lechones" are roasted and plates of the succulent pork are sold to passers-by. "Pernil al horno" is the popular homemade version. Usually, "el pernil" gets…
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Morcilla

In Puerto Rico, blood sausage is known as morcilla. Puerto Rican blood sausage is made with rice, culantro, cilantro, garlic, and Cubanelle pepper. Some contain paprika, annatto and some spices to give it a kick. Morcilla is especially…
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Pitorro

Pitorro is a distilled spirit from Puerto Rico, referred to as "moonshine rum." Pitorro is usually much stronger than commercial rum. It is often homemade and a part of traditional Puerto Rican holiday celebrations. Brand Links: PitoRico…
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Tembleque

Tembleque is a coconut dessert pudding made by cooking coconut milk, milk (optional), salt, cornstarch, cinnamon, and sugar. Recipes may include spices such as cloves, vanilla, and nutmeg or extra flavoring such as rum, orange blossom water…
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Arroz Con Dulce

Arroz con dulce is a sweet rice pudding made with coconut, cinnamon, ginger and raisins. This in fact is one of the kings of the holidays. Most of boricuas grandmothers have their own recipe, and it doesn’t matter where you try it, it will…
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Coquito

Coquito meaning "Little Coconut" in Spanish is a traditional Christmas drink that originated in Puerto Rico. The coconut-based alcoholic beverage is similar to eggnog, hence it is sometimes called Puerto Rican Eggnog. The mixed drink is…
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Arroz con Gandules

Arroz con gandules is a combination of rice, pigeon peas and pork, cooked in the same pot with Puerto Rican-style sofrito, usually covered in plantain leaves to add some special flavor. This is one of the signature rice dishes of Puerto…
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