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Greenville readers share their family recipes for the holidays

The holidays mean lots of different things to people, but usually threaded throughout the season is food. Perhaps it is a dish you crave, or perhaps it is a dish you don’t, but behind both are no doubt memories and stories that are now, themselves embedded in the meaning of the season.

Here, are a few recipes that mean something to people around the Upstate.


Growing up, Christmas would not be the same without certain Filipino foods. We would have our normal huge spread of pancit (noodles), fried fish, and lechon (roasted pork), but the star of the table, and what brought me the best memories of Christmas, was my mom’s lumpia. It was a simple recipe but loved by so many. 

Each year, my mom would make lumpia for friends and family until she was inundated with requests. She ended up having lumpia parties to keep up with the requests for the special occasion! Family and friends (even my dad who didn’t like to cook) would sit around the table and make hundreds of lumpia together while catching up, telling stories, and just enjoying each other’s company. These little parties became a little tradition that helped kick start the Christmas season for our family!

-Theresa Fischer


1 package lumpia wrapper (approximately 50 pieces)

3 cups cooking oil

1 egg beaten (egg wash)

Sweet chili sauce for serving

Filling ingredient

1 ½ pounds uncooked ground meat of choice (beef, pork, chicken)

2 pieces onion, minced

2 carrots, minced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 stalk celery minced

1 12-ounce can of water chestnuts, minced

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)

1 ½ teaspoons salt (or to taste)


Combine all filling ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.

Cut the stack of lumpia wrappers in half diagonally to make two triangles shape stacks then separate sheets for individual wrappers.