The main ingredient of the Venezuelan flavor is the union between family and friends, where everyone can share and celebrate the holidays, here the atmosphere will always be warm and affectionate.
The essential part of Venezuelan Christmas dishes is the Hallaca, of which we already have a whole publication talking about it, however, there are more protagonists of which we can speak, the beloved Pan de Jamon and the tasty Ensalada de Gallina.
It is a stretched dough which is filled with ham, bacon, raisins, olives, or if you want to you can use other various ingredients, but those are the main ones. Everything is rolled up very carefully and at the end, some dough is left to decorate it, as well as to give it greater consistency.
The main thing about this dish is its style of Ham, which can be Smoked Ham or Ironed Ham, in addition to this, it will have sauteed bacon in strips or squares, it will have a good amount of raisins and olives.
However, there are many variations of its preparation, with cream cheese, with puff pastry, with turkey breast or vegetarian.
The origins of this curious dish date back to the 1900s, where bakers from different cultures and countries managed to make bread stuffed with ham and many more ingredients.
It is believed that there was a baker from Caracas who was going through economic difficulties and to have better sales, he made a dough with all the aforementioned ingredients, making his business prosper and he managed to overcome difficulties.
Ham bread dough:
500g. all-purpose or common wheat flour
35 g. powdered milk
250 ml. of warm water
6 g. of dry yeast of baker or 18 g. baker's pressed yeast
5 g. of salt
25 g. of sugar
50 g. of butter
A little oil to grease
For the filling:
400 g. smoked ham
10-12 strips of bacon or smoked bacon
40 g. pitted raisins
100 g. olives stuffed with pepper
1 egg to brush
Preparation of Venezuelan Pan de Jamon
Kneading and stuffing the Pan de Jamon
Baking and final presentation of the Pan de Jamon
Therefore, not that it is a salad that means that it is simple or replaceable, any Venezuelan who serves his Christmas dish without his salad will not be satisfied or happy since it is a fundamental part to fully enjoy the Christmas flavor. It is the perfect complement to give a final touch to your dinner.
It is the complement to any Venezuelan Christmas dinner, the main thing you will have are potatoes, carrots, chicken (shredded), peas and mayonnaise. In different regions, they give it a special and different touch, so usually, there are also some variations, such as, those that will have pieces of egg, corn kernels, grapes, grated onion, raisins, celery or a point of mustard.
Nowadays an ingredient that has been accepted very well has also been added and that is apple. It is so tasty and succulent that it not only fills our stomachs but also our hearts with memories.
Its origins have never been exact, but it is reported that approximately in the 1940s it was its creation, according to some studies. The supposed origin goes back to the humblest kitchens of Caracas on the red roofs.
Ingredients for 6 servings
2 Chicken breasts
1/2 kg carrots
2/3 kg potatoes
1 can carrot and petit-pois
1 medium mayonnaise jar
1 medium onion
½ tsp mustard
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
1 curly lettuce (optional)
2 eggs (optional)
1 apple (optional)