Traditional ideas for your festive feast

18 December, 2017

If you can’t go past a traditional Christmas lunch with all of the trimmings, you’re sure to find a few favourites here.

Sweet snacks
Bite-size treats to keep the crowds happy

Because it's not Christmas without spending the day grazing on chocolates, mince pies and biscuits...

Rocky road
Chocolate balls
Mince pies
Rich chocolate truffles
Gingerbread cupcakes

Super-fresh seafood and other light bites

For many Aussie families, the starter course is the perfect place to include some summery seafood dishes and local flavours. 

Lime and lemongrass king prawns
Blinis with smoked salmon
Salmon gravlax
Jasmine-scented steamed prawns
Scallops wrapped in prosciutto
Tropical prawn cocktails
Baked figs, haloumi, prosciutto and basil
Salmon and asparagus terrine
Pork and hazelnut terrine
Churrasco prawns with aji sauce
Salmon and king prawn skewers

The main event
Centrepiece meats are the order of the day

In spite of the heat, the traditionalists among you will agree that the turkey and ham can’t be beat.

Roasted stuffed turkey breast
Glazed ham 
Roast turkey
Pork loin stuffed with chestnuts and cranberries

Salads and sides
All of the trimmings

Potatoes, parsnips, Brussels sprouts and a heavy helping of gravy are the go-to sides to your roast meats, but a few fresh salads are also accepted as the norm at Australian Christmas events.

Crispy roasted vegetables
Best-ever roast potatoes 
Brussels sprouts, smoked ham hock and potatoes
Carrots, honey and smoked yoghurt
Hasselback potato gratin
Broccoli salad with pomegranate and raisins 
Waldorf-style salad of Brussels sprouts and guanciale
Chicory with red onion and grapefruit
Raw vegetable salad with honey dressing
Brussels sprouts and cranberry holiday salad
Crunchy cranberry and rice salad

Hot and cold classics

The pudding and custard are a must on this menu, but a creamy, berry-topped trifle or Pavlova are also popular options.

Very berry trifle
Rich Christmas pudding
Vanilla custard
Rich Christmas cake
Raspberry and pistachio trifle
Summer berry Pavlova
Pavlova with raspberries, peaches and lime cream

Next up: Find out how to select, serve and store your Christmas ham

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