My cousin’s wife, Mercedes, is an amazing cook. She will be making traditional Venezuelan Christmas foods like hallacas, torta negra, pan de jamon, and galletas de mantequilla this December. Hallacas are a Venezuelan version of what is commonly known here as a tamale. They look like Christmas bundles wrapped in leaves and tied neatly with string. Yellow cornmeal masa surrounds a seasoned mix of shredded meat, raisins, and olives. Torta negra is a dark version of traditional fruitcake. Pan de jamon is a huge, golden, egg-washed bread filled with swirls of ham, olives, bacon, and raisins. Mercedes’ info is here if you are interested in tasty traditional treats!
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