A Peruvian Christmas dinner is full of tradition and wonderful sabores that we can look forward to each year. The classic main dish is a baked turkey, but many families opt for roast lechón. Stuffed boneless chicken is also quite popular, filled with dried fruits and bacon and accompanied by a delicious sauce, apple-quince puree and arroz moro, among many other side dishes and salads.
Christmastime here is synonymous with family get-togethers, abundant food and fireworks exploding overhead as children run and play while waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. Most families wait until midnight to dine, just before the Christmas mass or Misa de Gallo.
A traditional Peruvian Christmas dinner can't be held without plenty of tamales, which are served after the main course. And at the end, there are always various desserts to choose from before finishing the feast with a generous slice of panetón, or sweet Christmas bread, topped with butter or jam and accompanied by a mug of hot chocolate.
This may sound a little strange, considering that Christmas in Peru is during summertime! Most people would expect to have hot chocolate during the cold winter months, making this an odd habit for those not used to Peruvian customs.