Food has a special way of taking you back to such memorable moments in your life. The holidays have always held a special place in my heart. As a child, my mom always went out of her way to create a sense of magic during this time of the year. There are certain foods that were staples at home and so many holiday gatherings growing up and I would love to share my top 3 with you.
Mole Negro (Black Mole)
While mole is a dish we would eat throughout the year it always made an appearance during the holiday season. The blend of smokey, sweet, and savory flavors hits the spot this time of the year. The sauce pairs so well with turkey, that I've often made it for Thanksgiving. As a little girl, my mom would serve me this dish with a side of arroz rojo (Mexican rice) topped with slices of banana.
Tamales de Dulce (Sweet Tamales)
While most people are familiar with savory tamales, rarely have they tried the sweet version. They're often hard to find and when you do they miss adding the infamous pink color that I so fondly remember. Sweet tamales are hands-down my childhood favorite dish.
Ponche Navideño (Hot Christmas Punch)
No holiday celebration is ever complete, in a Mexican household, without Ponche. This deliciously sweet, fruity, and tart punch warms the body and soul. If it was served at a party there was always a bottle of tequila or mezcal nearby so the adults could spike their punch.