Winter solstice recipes that make a dark day seem a little brighter

Winter solstice recipes that make a dark day seem a little brighter

The winter solstice is December 21, and with it comes the shortest day and the longest night of the whole year. Since the winter solstice occurs in the middle of the holiday (and is initially a traditional pagan holiday), some people may not remember to celebrate it. But if you decide to meet up with friends to celebrate the occasion, there are tons of winter solstice recipes to keep you warm and saturated while also celebrating the astronomical holiday.

Winter solstice is traditionally celebrated as a symbol of the changing seasons and of the Earth’s “rebirth”, so to speak, so that the traditional meals that accompany winter solstice have an emphasis on the Earth itself with a focus on nuts, berries, spices, squash, potatoes and hunted wild like goose and deer.

Now, no one expects you to hunt a deer for your winter solstice meal, but a few earth-focused recipes will definitely do the trick – not to mention some hot drinks to get you through this cold winter night. Winter solstice, if you choose to celebrate it, should be spent with friends and family, as what you choose to serve during the meal itself is less important than the company. That said, here are ten easy winter solstice recipes you can make for the longest night of the year.


Warm Brussels sprouts salad

This Brussels sprouts recipe from What’s Gabby Cooking will definitely be a hit – at least for people who like Brussels sprouts (do not worry about people who do not like Brussels sprouts, because after all, you can not convert a Brussels sprouts non-believers). This recipe is extra delicious because it contains pomegranate seeds, olive oil and red pepper flakes, all of which are ideal ingredients to spice things up.


Vegan Butternut Squash Pizza


What better way to celebrate a winter holiday about the Earth than with a vegan butternut squash pizza? This recipe from Minimalist Baker is made with butternut squash sauce (say it five times fast), broccolini and chickpeas to create a heavenly (and healthy) pizza dish.


Warm and toasted winter salad bowl

If you make cold salads in the winter, you will completely miss something. This hot and roasted salad bowl from Oh She Glows is the perfect way to warm up on a long, cold night.

With golden potatoes, delicious quinoa and kale, you fill your stomach with all the right nutrients to get you through the longest night of the year.


A solid winter solstice soup

There is literally nothing more heartwarming than a large bowl of soup on a cold winter night, and this winter solstice soup by Sara Meyes will keep you cozy through the long, chilly evening. With carrots, onions, potatoes and a whole handful of herbs, this soup is definitely a favorite you will keep coming back for the whole season.

For those of you who are more ambitious with your cooking, frying a goose for a winter solstice is a sure way to confirm that your friends will never forget that night for the rest of their lives. But in all seriousness, frying a goose is pretty much like frying a chicken. This roasted goose recipe from The Fruit Guys is easy to follow and the goose is spiced with dried fruit for an extra delicious taste.

Egg nog is the ultimate holiday drink – but it is not complete without a little hair from the dog. This rum-spiced egg recipe from Autumn Earth Song includes vanilla extract, cloves and cinnamon for the ultimate spicy winter drink that will be a favorite with the audience.


Black Beans Squash Buckwheat Empanada


This creative empanada recipe from Food By Mars is gluten-free and vegan, so it will surely satisfy all your friends’ palates, regardless of their dietary preferences. It requires a little extra work (the crust is also homemade with buckwheat flour), but the effort will be greatly appreciated when everyone takes a bite of all the winter good.

Wassail is a type of hot, spicy beer that is characteristic of the winter solstice holiday tradition. This non-alcoholic wassail recipe from Patheos includes cranberry juice, white sugar and cinnamon sticks to get you in the solar eclipse mood. And hey, nothing stops you from adding a little bit of liquor to the recipe if you decide to. Cheers!


Chicken And Dumplings With Mushrooms


This chicken and dumplings with mushrooms recipe is a soul-warming, tasty recipe perfect for the winter solstice. Dumplings are homemade, making it a fun activity to do with all your friends. And with everyone contributing to the recipe, it only makes it so much more delicious when it’s done!


Who doesn’t love mouth-watering snacks to munch on all evening? These baked brie bites have the perfect touch of sweetness paired with a sticky cheesy inside. It is best to serve them straight out of the oven.

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