12 dishes for Christmas Eve dinner

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Festive dinner on Christmas Eve completes fasting before Christmas. Traditionally, the menu of Christmas Eve dinner consists of 12 meatless dishes.
Menu of gala dinner on Christmas Eve usually depends much on the regional characteristics and the abundance of a family. So wealthy families usually counted as dishes only 12 hot main courses on Christmas Eve and nobody counted snacks like mushrooms or herring neither beverages (Uzvar).
Traditionally, the main attributes of Holy Meal in Ukraine are kutia (a poppy seed, honey and wheat dish – video-method see here) and uzvar (a drink made from reconstituted dried fruits). Other typical dishes are meatless borshch or in some regions kapusniak (saurkraut soup), varenyky and dishes made of fish, mushrooms and vegetables and oil – are optional, depending on the abundance of family and culinary skills of the hostess.

Here are some options for menu on Christmas Eve:

Borshch with Vushka or
Mushroom soup or Saurkraut soup

Dumplings (with beans, potatoes or sauerkraut)

Sauces with dried mushrooms

Holubtsi – Stuffed cabbage with potatoes or cabbage rolls with rice and mushrooms

Herring (in oil, spicy, on apples in honey sauce)

Fried fish or
Stuffed Fish

Knish with buckwheat or
Zavyvanets Bean or
Braised cabbage (with buckwheat, mushrooms or peas)

Salad with mushrooms or pidpenok or
Salad with mushrooms and beet or
Salad with beans or
Stuffed mushrooms or
Fried mushrooms (chanterelles)
Vushka to Borsch

Bread (and optionaly Pletenka)

Salty doughnuts with honey or
Dumplings with poppy seeds

Uzvar (compote)

Kutia (with video)


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