International Christmas Recipes

Find healthy, delicious international Christmas recipes including Italian and German Christmas recipes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna

Rating: 3.89 stars 26
Sure, the slow cooker's great for stews and soups, but it also happens to make a mean lasagna! In this ingenious slow-cooker recipe, all you have to do is chop your veggies, then layer the ingredients (raw) into the crockpot. Serve with: Garlic bread and a green salad.

Nonna's Spaghetti & Meatballs

Rating: 4.4 stars 7
The meatballs and sauce are cooked in the slow cooker for this traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs recipe. You could also serve the meatballs over creamy polenta or on a sandwich with melted provolone.

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Rating: 4 stars 2
Roasted vegetables add tons of hearty flavor to this easy vegetarian lasagna made with jarred pasta sauce.

Mini Brie & Apple Quiches

Rating: 4 stars 4
We love the way Brie and apples taste together in these mini quiches. Mini phyllo cups make it swift and simple to create an elegant appetizer.

Caramel Cream Cheese Custard (Flan de Queso)

Rating: 4.33 stars 4
Every panaderia (bakery) in Puerto Rico has many flavors of flan, from vanilla to guava. Reduced-fat cream cheese gives this version a rich, comforting texture.

Basic Risotto

Rating: 4.63 stars 8
Slowly adding hot broth to arborio rice helps release the starch from the rice, giving risotto its characteristic silky, creamy texture. We add a splash of wine along with each addition of broth to give the dish a more pronounced wine flavor. If you'd prefer the wine to be more subtle, add the entire cup at the end of Step 2 and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed, then begin adding the broth. If you prefer to omit wine, use more broth in its place.

Sugared Rosemary

Use these festive-looking sugared fresh rosemary sprigs to decorate any holiday dessert platter. They look especially beautiful alongside a traditional yule log cake.

Pomegranate Margaritas

Rating: 5 stars 1
Who says margaritas are just for summer? This pomegranate twist on a cocktail favorite is good all year long--elegant enough for the holidays and fun enough for an outdoor barbecue.

Savory Chestnut Puree

Rating: 5 stars 2
Try this easy, elegant chestnut puree with roasted quail, turkey or chicken.

Baked Stuffed Onions

Rating: 5 stars 1
These baked onions are stuffed with a savory combination of mushrooms, breadcrumbs and capers.

Mississippi Spiced Pecans

Rating: 4 stars 2
Make plenty of these mildly sweet and salty nuts--they are great to have on hand over the holidays.

Date Wraps

Rating: 4 stars 1
Sweet dates and salty prosciutto combine in a tasty bite.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Nut & Honey Biscotti
This crunchy Italian cookie recipe isn't traditionally very sweet, so just a touch of honey adds flavor along. Dipping them in chocolate makes them extra special.
Flan de Queso (Caramel Cheese Custard)
Every panaderia (bakery) in Puerto Rico has many flavors of flan, from vanilla to guava. Reduced-fat cream cheese gives this version a rich, comforting texture.
Seafood Lasagna (Lasagna di Pesce)
Rating: 5 stars
2

Shrimp, sole and salmon come together in a beautiful lasagna dish. Serve with an arugula salad and crusty whole-grain baguette.