Christmas is already a stressful time. We’ve rounded up our favourite easy festive recipes so you can ensure that your menu is one less thing to worry about.
While we’d never say no to a traditional Christmas spread, there’s plenty of festive fun to be had by making it a lot easier for yourself on the day.
As Aussies, we’re celebrating Christmas time during the peak of our hot summer, and as a result we typically have a very different festive menu than other countries around the world.
Here, we’ve pulled together a selection of some of the most popular Australian Christmas dishes, from grilled prawn cocktails to fruit-topped pavlovas.
You’ll find dessert recipes for our steamed macadamia pudding, layered Christmas trifle and choc-cherry bombe Alaska. Plus, delicious savoury mains like our herb-topped salmon, slow-roasted lamb shoulder and sweet glazed ham.
Haloumi and avocado bruschetta
Excite your taste buds with this fresh and delicious haloumi and avocado bruschetta. It makes a brilliant snack, light lunch or dinner or starter to a dinner spread.
Night-before-Christmas fruit cake
With no soaking of fruit required this cake can be prepared the night before and tastes just as good as if it had been soaking away for weeks.
Roast pork with apple sauce
Tender pork, crispy crackling and balanced with a sweet apple sauce is our idea of the perfect roast pork dinner. Serve with roast potatoes and greens
Don’t want to take on a whole turkey? Try this turkey breast dish stuffed with apricot and hazelnut stuffing.
White Christmas rocky road
Christmas must be on its way! White chocolate, marshmallows, nuts and fruit all mixed together to make a white Christmas version of rocky road.
Lemon roast potatoes
Baked potatoes with a crunchy outer and creamy inner, with roast lemon adding a burst of brightness to accompany any delicious roast dinner.
Perfect barbecue prawns
Doesn’t get more quintessentially Aussie than chucking a shrimp on the barbie. Prawns cook quickly and stay succulent – serve with a squeeze of lemon
Nutty choc-chip boiled fruit cakes
Take the classic Christmas fruit cake and make it even better with choc chips and a sticky toffee topping. No soaking required in this one either.
Santa Claus Christmas ice-cream cake
This adorable Santa Claus and sprinkles ice cream cake recipe is sure to delight your kids at Christmas time. It’s easy to make, and tastes amazing.
Christmas Candy Cane Slice
Remember chocolate crackles? We’ve given it a festive makeover with a mix of dark and white chocolate and a sprinkling of candy canes for good measure
Maple, mustard and orange glazed ham
This sweet, sticky glaze will make your Christmas ham the ultimate showstopper.
Easy Christmas yule log
This fuss-free Christmas dessert is the perfect last-minute addition to your festive feast.
Easy Christmas florentines
Celebrate the holiday season with these delightfully festive florentines. Packed with dried fruits, nuts and a drizzle of chocolate, they’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Barbecued prawns with chilli lime dressing
Use your fingers to dig in to these lip-smacking, spicy barbecued prawns.
Ice-cream pudding and shortbread pops
Leftover Christmas treats are here reinvented into a tasty summer snack that’ll keep festive cheer alive.
Heirloom tomato salad with prosciutto
The combination of fresh mixed tomatoes, creamy buffalo mozzarella and cured prosciutto works perfectly together in this fresh summer salad.
Brown sugar and orange-glazed carrots
The perfect side dish to any roast dinner, these gorgeous brown sugar and orange glazed carrots are wonderfully sweet and packed full of flavour. You’ll have the whole family reaching for more!
Easy Christmas cake
This easy Christmas cake recipe is loaded with delicious traditional Christmas flavours of dried fruit and spices and is perfect for dessert.
Easy Christmas pudding
A simple Christmas pudding recipe that’s bursting with fruit and lightly spiced.
Stuffed mini lamb roast
The perfect Christmas lunch.