International Flavors for your Holiday Table
Can’t get away to a foreign country for the holidays? Try shaking up your traditional holiday table with some recipes from around the world. Introduce dishes from today’s popular food regions, including Thailand, Vietnam and Spain. Below you’ll find ideas for meals and ways to combine them with wheat germ to add flavor and an extra nutrient boost. Be sure to make a shopping list and source your ingredients early so you’re not caught last minute without an important part of your recipe.
Thai food offers a delicious fusion of spicy, sweet, sour and nutty flavors. Try our Thai Vegetable Curry with Wheat Germ as a tempting holiday side and some warm comfort food on a cold night. Add more spice if you like it hot!
If you’re considering a Thai-themed holiday meal or just want to get the celebration started with some zing, serve tom yum goong. One of Thailand’s signature hot and sour soups, tom yum goong brings together this region’s favorite flavors, creating a heavenly broth filled with shrimp, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal (a root similar to ginger) and crushed chili peppers.
Banh xeo is a Vietnamese crepe traditionally prepared with pork and shrimp and served with lettuce leaves and dipping sauce. It makes a delicious main dish for your guests. To master the technique, check out this how-to from Bon Appétit. Make this crepe your own by adding a sprinkle of wheat germ to the batter.
Goi cuon, better known as spring rolls, are great appetizers at any holiday gathering. This version is fresh, not fried like some Asian spring rolls. Try these Vietnamese-Style Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce, but feel free to personalize for your palate. Purple cabbage, scallions, carrots, cucumber, tofu and wheat germ make a colorful and delicious vegetarian filler. Slice in half and serve with the peanut dipping sauce topped with a sprinkle of wheat germ.
Gazpacho is an easy soup that will wow your guests. It’s great for parties because it’s served cold or at room temperature, and can be made in advance. Simply place tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers and seasoning in the food processor, and in no time one of your holiday dishes is complete. Spoon in a few tablespoons of wheat germ to add nutrients and flavor that will complement the vegetables. Serve the gazpacho with crusty bread and some diced cucumbers and tomatoes on top.
Spanish tortilla is another festive dish you can make ahead of time. Similar to a frittata with onions, potatoes and salt, it is typically sliced into pie wedges and can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish with Manchego cheese and a glass of Rioja. Add some color to the tortilla by tossing in some spinach and a spoonful of wheat germ for added flavor and nutrition.
What are your favorite international dishes?