Christmas can be great time to focus on a well-loved international cuisine. Whether you choose to go all-out Italian or serve just a few German favorites, you'll find what you're looking for in our special collection of international cuisine recipes to enhance your Christmas celebrations.

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Garlic-and-Spice-Rubbed Pork Loin Roast

Food & Wine

Ryan Hardy first tasted a version of this succulent pork from a street vendor in Siena, Italy. "It changed the way I thought about food," he says. "It was fatty and sweet, spicy and succulent, smoky and salty -- all at the same time." Hardy uses the rub on other kinds of pork cuts, including the shoulder and leg, but the bone-in pork roast is the most dramatic; he often wraps a piece of pork belly around the side to make the meat extra juicy.

Total: 2 hrs 15 mins

Christollen Bread

Better Homes and Gardens

Pretty as a picture in a braided loaf, this traditional Christmas bread-- studded with candied fruits and peels--is particularly good sliced, toasted, and served for breakfast or brunch.

Roasted Italian Chicken

Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted chicken tastes better if something flavorful, such as an herb, is placed under its skin. The rub used in this recipe contributes a ton of flavor while working like a marinade.

Bittersweet Chocolate Biscotti

Better Homes and Gardens

Need a chocolate fix? Serve this double-chocolate biscotti with a piping hot mug of mocha.

Bruschetta Biscuits with Feta

Better Homes and Gardens

Classic Risotto with Peas

Better Homes and Gardens

For classic risotto, the rice is cooked slowly, allowing the outside to become soft, while the inside remains firm. In our shortcut version of this recipe, the rice is uniformly tender and the risotto's texture is less creamy.

Total: 40 mins

Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing


During the autumn season in Italy, turkey is often deliciously paired with a stuffing of chestnuts and sausage. The wild turkey was brought to Europe from the New World, and once domesticated, returned there to breed as the classic festive bird. It also became one of the large courtyard fowl animals in Lombardy. With Italy being one of the largest producers of chestnuts, it was expedient to put the two together in another happy marriage of New and Old World.

Total: 5 hrs 45 mins

German Meatballs

Midwest Living

For an authentic German dinner, ladle these beef-and-pork meatballs over noodlelike spaetzle.

Total: 40 mins

Christmas Stollen

Family Circle

This classic German fruit-studded yeast bread is distinguished by a rich sweet dough spiced with mace.

French Apple Cake

Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Total: 50 mins

Pecan Risotto

Better Homes and Gardens

For holiday menus, reach for fresh pecans, which are at their peak during fall and winter. They add richness to many recipes, including this side dish.

Total: 50 mins

Double Chocolate Chunk Biscotti

Better Homes and Gardens

These cookies dissolve tenderly when immersed in coffee or cocoa.

Italian Fig Bundles

Better Homes and Gardens

For a tradition Italian cookie recipe, try these easy bundles. Made with cinnamon, dates, figs, nuts, raisins, and vanilla, everyone will love these treats.

Italian Fried Chicken

Family Circle

Classic Meat Lasagna

Family Circle

Italian Cream Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

Italian Chocolate-Spice Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens

These cake-like Italian cookies are a delicious Christmas snack. The cinnamon, cocoa, coffee, and vanilla blend perfectly in the recipe.

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