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38 fabulous last-minute Christmas ideas

Running short on time but still want to prepare something fabulous for Christmas dinner?

Whether unexpected in-laws dropped in without warning or you just ran out of time to get everything prepped this year. Fear not – our collection of last-minute Christmas recipes can be on the table in under an hour, and still impress even the fussiest of eaters.

Create magnificent mains, desserts and sides for your festive table with these last-minute recipes.

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Garlic and rosemary focaccia

Garlic and rosemary focaccia

Whether you’re making for family or dinner guests, warm, home-baked bread is an easy pleaser!

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Spinach dip cob loaf

Spinach dip cob loaf

This is one retro recipe that never goes out of style.

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Herb-brined turkey breast in pancetta

Herb-brined turkey breast in pancetta

Herb-brined overnight, stuffed with olive and wrapped in pancetta – this turkey breast is full of flavour and stays beautifully moist when cooked.

salt and pepper squid

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Salt and pepper squid

Salt and pepper squid

This crispy pepper and spice squid is perfect for a party.

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Perfect barbecue prawns

Perfect barbecue prawns

Chuck another shrimp on the barbie, mate.

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Prawn cocktail with zucchini and mint salad

Since Christmas is all about indulgent fresh seafood, enjoy these delicious prawn cocktails with zucchini and mint salad. Perfect for the warm weather!

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Prosciutto wrapped haloumi

Prosciutto wrapped haloumi

Prosciutto and haloumi are a match made in nibble-platter heaven – or use this recipe to take this pumpkin, spinach and haloumi salad to the next level.

Lobster mornay

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Lobster mornay

Lobster mornay

Treat yourself to a dose of nostalgia.

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Barbecued squid salad

Deliciously fresh barbecued squid salad, this dish is perfect for spring entertaining.

Roast pumpkin, feta and chickpea salad

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Roast pumpkin, fetta and chickpea salad

Roast pumpkin, fetta and chickpea salad

Toasted pistachios and preserved lemon add crunch and zing to this roast pumpkin, fetta and chickpea salad.

chicken & mango salad

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Chicken and mango salad

Chicken and mango salad

This chicken mango salad is loaded with fresh ingredients that work beautifully together to create a refreshing tropical inspired salad.

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Chicken and watercress pasta salad

Chicken and watercress pasta salad

This chicken and watercress pasta salad is fresh, zesty and ready in under 30 minutes. It’s perfect for your next lunch get together.

Christmas wreath salad

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Christmas wreath salad

Christmas wreath salad

Lettuce be clear – it’s really a jazzed up garden salad, but it makes a fantastic centrepiece for the table.

COBB SALAD

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Cobb salad

Cobb salad

This American garden salad features salad greens, tomato, chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, chives, blue cheese, and vinaigrette in rows.

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Pearl couscous, zucchini and tomato salad

Pearl couscous, zucchini and tomato salad

Zucchini, tomatoes and mint pair beautifully in this fresh Israeli couscous salad. Perfect for Christmas lunch and all your summer parties.

grilled prawns recipe

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Grilled prawns with avocado cream and slaw

Fresh, flavoursome, and so delicious – these juicy grilled prawns with zesty avocado cream and slaw will please the entire family!

warm spiced prawns with     avocado salsa

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Warm spiced prawns with avocado salsa

Warm spiced prawns with avocado salsa

This light, fresh and flavoursome dish is perfect as a starter or finger food for dinner parties.

ratatouille & lamb salad

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Lamb and ratatouille with pesto dressing

Lamb and ratatouille with pesto dressing

This ratatouille and lamb as fresh, flavourful and healthy as it looks. A hearty low-carb meal with basil pesto to add that perfect zingy touch.

lamb fillet salad with green pesto dressing

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Lamb fillet salad with green pesto dressing

Lamb fillet salad with green pesto dressing

Pesto dressing adds zing to this fresh lamb salad.

Blinis with smoked salmon

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Blinis with smoked salmon

Blinis with smoked salmon

These mini pancakes are smokin!

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Turkey with apricot & hazelnut stuffing

Turkey with apricot & hazelnut stuffing

Instead of taking on a whole turkey this year. Why not try this turkey breast stuffed with apricot and hazelnut stuffing?

christmas pudding with caramel sauce

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Julie Goodwin’s last-minute Christmas pudding

Julie Goodwin’s last-minute Christmas pudding

Run out of time to make a proper Christmas pudding? You can still have a tasty treat on your festive table with this last-minute recipe thanks to Julie Goodwin.

Brandy Custard and Brandy Butter
(Credit: Australian Women’s Weekly)

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Brandy custard and brandy butter

Brandy custard and brandy butter

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas.

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Chocolate hazelnut ice-cream pandoro

Chocolate hazelnut ice-cream pandoro

Create an impressive dessert using the sweet Italian yeast bread, Pandoro, and store bought ice-cream.

Last-minute Christmas cake

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Last-minute Christmas cake

Last-minute Christmas cake

That feeling when you realise you haven’t made a Christmas cake and then discover our fabulous last-minute recipe.

last-minute trifles

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Last-minute trifles

Last-minute trifles

night-before-christmas fruit cake

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Night-before-Christmas fruit cake

Night-before-Christmas fruit cake

Frozen Christmas ice-cream cake

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The-night-before Christmas ice-cream cake

This quick recipe for frozen Christmas ice-cream cake is loaded with fruit, berries and brandy. Make it the night before for a hassle-free Christmas spent with your friends and family.

NIGHT BEFORE Fruit Cake

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Night before fruit cake

Night before fruit cake

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Christmas chocolate brownies

Christmas chocolate brownies

They’re the kind of dessert you are more than happy to eat all-year-round, but we’ve given the classic brownie recipe a fun makeover, just in time for the festive season. Serve for dessert after Christmas lunch, or wrap up and give as gifts.

FROZEN CHRISTMAS Pudding

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Frozen Christmas pudding

Frozen Christmas pudding

This sweet and creamy Christmas pudding pairs two types of homemade ice-cream to create a delicious frozen dessert to serve during the festive season. You’ll even get yummy chunks of dried fruit and dark chocolate with each bite.

Christmas blondies
(Credit: Australian Women’s Weekly)

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Christmas blondies

Christmas blondies

Enrich and sweeten the festive season with these scrumptious fruit, almond and white chocolate brownie-like squares. They don’t exclusively need to be dessert either.

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Frozen tiramisu

Frozen tiramisu

A perfect marriage of two of our favourite desserts -tiramisu and ice cream.

gourmet rocky road

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Gourmet rocky road

We took the classic no-bake treat and made it fancy.

Chocolate freckle biscuits

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Chocolate freckle biscuit bark

Chocolate freckle biscuit bark

Warning: completely addictive.

chocolate hazelnut Christmas tree

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Chocolate hazelnut Christmas tree

Chocolate hazelnut Christmas tree

We’re all about the festive treats this year.

Chocolate brownies

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Creamy nut fudge

Creamy nut fudge

This is such an easy fudge to make. It’s delicious, slightly chewy, packed with crunchy nuts and is just right for a friend with a sweet tooth.

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Lemon and passionfruit pavlova stack

Lemon and passionfruit pavlova stack

Thanks to store-bought pavlovas and an easy lemon cream, this spectacular dessert is super-simple to create. Impress with ease this Christmas.

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