Caribbean Holiday Eats: 7 Festive Recipes

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Keshi Yena / Aruban Stuffed Cheese Shell

Add some extra flavor to your holiday menu this year with these delicious Caribbean holiday eats! We put together a little recipe collection of main dishes, sides, and soup to fill and warm you up, wherever you are. Feeling festive yet?

1. Keshi Yena (Aruban Stuffed Cheese Shell)

Keshi Yena is a popular dish in Aruba and throughout the Dutch Caribbean, especially during Christmas. A sauteed mix of tender shredded chicken with sweet raisins, spicy peppers, salty olives and capers, and a tangy blend of sauces are stuffed into the shell of a hollowed out Edam or Gouda cheese and then baked to make this delicious casserole. Try this traditional Keshi Yena recipe.

2. Soup Joumou (Haitian Pumpkin Soup)

Ring in the New Year with Soup Joumou, a colorful, pumpkin-based soup traditionally enjoyed with fresh bread in Haiti on January 1st to celebrate both the new year and Haiti’s day of independence. This delicious soup is a complete meal with beef, short vermicelli noodles, and plenty of veggies and spices. Some believe that eating this soup when the clock strikes midnight will bring good luck for the year to come – who knows? Try this authentic Soup Joumou recipe.

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Soup Joumou / Haitian Pumpkin Soup (Courtesy @bk_ceo | Instagram)

3. Baked Ham with Pineapple (Jamaican Christmas Ham)

It’s that time of year again for Baked Ham with Pineapple, also known as Jamaican Christmas Ham. Flavorful cloves and sweet pineapple pair up perfectly with ham in this traditional recipe. This simple dish has been a constant in Jamaican culinary history. Get the Baked Ham with Pineapple recipe.

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Baked Ham with Pineapple / Jamaican Christmas Ham

4. Trinidadian Christmas Rice

In Trinidad during the holiday season, colorful Christmas Rice is a popular side dish that is as flavorful as it is festive. This tasty rice will get you in the holiday spirit with garlic, fragrant ginger, and sweet peppers and raisins. Try this easy Christmas Rice recipe.

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Trinidadian Christmas Rice

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