Recipe ideas for Noche Buena

What do you plan to serve on noche buena? Here are some recipe ideas for noche buena

noche buena recipes

What do you know? I smell Christmas in the air.

I bet some of you already planned ¬†the menu for your lunch or dinner on Christmas day or even your noche buena. For those that are still planning, here are some recipes that you can plan for your family and friends. Don’t expect fancy recipes but there will be a few so keep tuned.

You can start off with a few of my recipes that I’ve cooked for the past years. Click on the links below:

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Sikawate, anyone? Hot tsokolate From Tablea

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I am sipping hot tsokolate for merienda. My mom often called it SIKWATE!, the Visayan dialect for hot chocolate drink. I bought a lot of these tablea last year so I am just drinking the leftovers. Our Noche Buena is never complete without the hot tsokolate made from the native Tablea (cacao chocolate). I often visited my great grandmother in Cebu and her past time involved making tablea. The fragrant aroma is something that can never replace all those Starbucks frapucciono or chocolate drinks from fancy coffee shops. However, tablea is best prepared using a batirol and a tsokolatera so the consistency is smooth. A batirol is a wooden whisk used to mix tablea (a block of pure cocoa) and water into a thick, grainy, hot chocolate drink. The tablea and water are mixed in a cast-iron pitcher called a tsokolatera. Like a kawali or wok, a tsokolatera (Chocolatera or Chocolate Pot) performs better as it ages.

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Chicken macaroni salad for Noche Buena

A surprise package awaited me and to my delight, the basket contained Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise and Royal Elbow macaroni , two ingredients of the many, needed for Chicken Macaroni salad.

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When I think of Chicken Macaroni salad, I remember myself as a teenager, assigned by mom as the salad maker. Come to think of it, I also used Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise and Royal macaroni . ¬†Do you remember ?

Receiving this basket brought back  memories of preparing this salad with my mom. I decided to prepare Chicken Macaroni salad for a small Christmas party at home.

As a teen, Chicken macaroni salad was easy to prepare but I had to ask help in boiling the macaroni though and after that, it was a matter of mixing all the ingredients. My mom assigned me that task , every Christmas eve or for the noche buena. Her style was different. The Chicken breast was shredded. The cheese was shredded . There wasn’t much color on the salad except a sprinkling of pickle relish and the yellow of the pineapple tidbits. Let me share how I innovated the classic salad into my own version of ¬†Chicken Macaroni salad¬†.

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Pasta Puttanesca with gourmet tuyo

Preparing Pasta Puttanesca with gourmet tuyo using Contadina olive oil, Contadina diced tomatoes and minced tomatoes with  green olives, black olives, capers, gourmet tuyo and parmesan cheese.

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Christmas is around the corner and at this time of the year, moms like myself are busy planning for noche buena. I was pretty excited when Contadina held a one-of-a-kind grocery shopping experience with culinary enthusiasts ranging from home cooks, foodies, and bloggers.

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