Christmas is just around the corner and that means we’re all about to inevitably put on a couple of pounds. Especially in the Philippines, where it’s almost every family’s Christmas tradition to have a suckling pig or Lechon placed in between mom’s Filipino-style spaghetti and tita’s macaroni salad.
However, for those who want to change it up a little this holiday season, there are other food options that you can either suggest or try making yourself to bring to your family gathering, as well as to all the year-end potluck parties you’ll be attending — one of which could potentially become your next show-stopping dish.
Holiday Crostinis with Spanish Sardines Pâté
If you really want to impress guests, making or bringing a winner appetizer definitely does the trick.
Holiday Crostinis with Spanish Sardines Pâté is an easy, yet fancy, appetizer that you can make that will surely wow guests, especially since people go nuts for finger foods. This appetizer will also set up the stage for your star dish. Click here for the recipe.
Spicy Sardines Pasta
Pinoy-style spaghetti is quintessential to how Filipinos celebrate special occasions so, it’s pretty much a non-negotiable food item, especially for children. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have other pasta options.
Spicy sardines pasta is a dish option that adult guests might appreciate having, considering that Pinoy-style spaghetti can sometimes get a little too sweet to accommodate children’s palates. In addition, it’s the kind of dish that surprises guests and elicits compliments due to its depth in flavor, and the fact that it’s not typically served at parties.
As long as you use good quality ingredients, a casserole of spicy sardines pasta definitely has the potential to become the star dish and knock Lechon off its pedestal. Click here for the recipe.
Of course, consuming a bit of booze is inevitable during the holidays. And what better Filipino dish to accompany alcohol than sisig. Using bangus for your protein will also keep the dish light, allowing some room for dessert. Click here for the recipe.
If you’re wondering which brand of fish product will be best for the dishes above, Sarangani Bay is your best bet. The brand’s Milkfish products are also very versatile so you can explore the many ways fish can be served. Follow Sarangani Bay on Facebook for more recipes using the humble Milkfish we all love.