Modern ideas for your festive menu

17 December, 2017

Mix up your traditional Christmas dishes with modern twists that work well for the Australian weather and add a sense of fun to the day.

Christmas breakfast
Wake up to these tasty recipes

Expand your horizons beyond the standard ham and eggs this Christmas.

Italian brioche croissants
Breakfast cups
Monkey bread
Breakfast-stuffed croissants
Galettes with ham and eggs
Almond croissants

Thirst-quenchers for all comers

Slurpable cocktails will be appreciated on a hot Christmas day, with spritzes an on-trend options and batch-made mixes ideal for smart hosting.

Elderflower spritz
Negroni flip
Blood orange spritz
Sangria made with Spanish sparkling wine
Orange sangria
Jimmy’s punch #4
Mint julep punch
Rum punch
Watermelon margarita
‘Splash of lash’ mocktail

Bright, fresh flavours shine in these impressive entrees

Homemade gravlax, summery tomato salads and oysters with spicy sauce are just some of the tasteful ways you can kick off your Christmas lunch. 

Tomatoes with lime, ginger and tamarind
Kombucha gravlax, burnt chive and kohlrabi
Ocean trout cured with beetroot and vodka
Mini caprese salads
Grilled peach, witlof and burrata salad
Tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil salad
Crostini with pecorino, pear and walnuts
Fig and haloumi skewers
Oysters with pico de gallo
Broad bean, mint and goat’s cheese crostini
Ocean trout and watermelon cebiche
Crostini with lardo, honey and pepper
Oysters with habanero mignonette
Grilled haloumi and zucchini pickles
Tomato, buffalo curd and basil bruschetta 

The main event
Play it hot or cold

Serve your meat banquet-style alongside lots of hearty salads, and try other centrepiece proteins such as roast pork and whole-baked fish.

Cola baked ham
Glazed ham with prickly pear chutney
Marinated roast pork leg
Whole fish Thai style
Roast chicken Mexico City style
Baked whole leather jackets
Pork hock pibil with lettuce cups and fragrant jicama salad
Porchetta with dried peach and thyme

All about the extras
Your source for sauces

Great condiments can elevate your dish and everyone loves elements such as stuffing, so go big on those extras.

Stilton dip
Achiote relish
Kimchi butter
Zucchini and lime pickles
Apple and sage chutney
Dill and lemon butter

Shake up your sweets

Mix up your festive finale with these cool twists and contemporary flavours.

Chia, mango, coconut and macadamia trifle
Pavlovas with raspberries in vinegar
Christmas spiced plums, ricotta and coffee ice
Blood orange and dark chocolate trifle
Mince pie ice cream sandwiches
Meringue layer cake
Christmas and marzipan ice cream
Rhubarb trifle with rye crumbs
Christmas pudding slice
Negroni sorbet
Salted caramel and gingerbread puddings

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