Kitchen Tips

Food magazine’s Christmas menu

Combine the classic with the current in a fresh new approach to the festive banquet. This Christmas menu will suit both traditional tendencies and relaxed summer vibes, creating a delicious and balanced feast everyone will love.

If the thought of planning an entire Christmas dinner makes you want curl up in a ball and hide until the New Year, we've got just the solution for you. Thanks to Food magazine, we've got your Christmas menu planned, from the entree to the dessert, and everything in between. With a mixture of traditional dishes and modern Kiwi ideas, you can pick and choose from these recipes to create the ultimate Christmas feast that suits you and your family. Now all that's left to do is eat and be merry!

A taste of tradition

A menu of juicy roast turkey is a recipe for a very merry Christmas, so we've got all the turkey ideas you'll ever need. This gorgeous roast turkey with almond stuffing, spiced cherries and gravy will take pride of place on your table, or our herbed butter roast turkey has great depth of flavour thanks to the contrast of sweet and salty in the pear and prosciutto stuffing.
If you want to branch out slightly from the classic roast turkey, our pincushion turkey roast is so easy to prepare and is filled with an incredible cherry, sage and sausage stuffing. It looks fantastic too, so you will be sure to impress your guests.
For a delicious traditional side or vegetarian option, try this tasty brie and cherry tomato galette recipe, or our golden and crispy hasselback potato gratin is always a hit. Bring in some beautiful colour with our green beans and peas with feta, olives and pine nuts or our refreshing cucumber cooler punch.

Cruisy celebrations

Enjoy a laidback and light Christmas lunch with these alfresco ideas. Dining outside around the barbecue is one of the great joys to be had when celebrating Christmas in the sun, so these recipes allow you to embracing the summer Kiwi festivities whilst staying sophisticated and satisfied.
Start things off with these succulent barbecue salmon parcels, which take just 10 minutes to cook on the barbie and are a light and fresh way to kick off your feast. This tear and share herbed bread wreath is also a great entree idea to keep people happy until the main meal is ready, and tastes delicious paired with homemade roasted red pepper dip.
For your main event, these barbecue lamb racks with pomegranate and quince glaze should be your go-to. Deliciously tender, these look and taste fantastic but won't take you hours to make. If you want to be a little bit fancy, try our marinated snapper with lime coconut and chilli for a delicate dish that will add a touch of sophistication to your alfresco meal.
To accompany your feast, this watermelon tabbouleh salad is a refreshing side dish, or our green salad with raspberry dressing is a delightful summer treat. To keep your guests cool, look no further than this sparkling berry punch, which will also add beautiful colour to your table.

Show-stopping desserts

Get into the spirit of the festive season with these exquisite Christmas-themed desserts. For a beautiful summery indulgence, this strawberry trifle combines beautiful summer fruit with cream and sherry to create an absolute winner of a dish. If you lean more towards cheesecakes than trifles, this baked cheesecake is on a crunchy cookie base and topped with a delicious fresh berry sauce.
Whip up a more traditional dessert with our yule log recipe, which is swirled with a beautifully creamy chocolate, hazelnut, mascarpone and cream liqueur and mascarpone filling. Or if Christmas for you isn't Christmas without pavlova, this layered eggnog pavlova recipe will make your dessert dreams come true.
If you want to combine your dessert with your Christmas table decorations, this white chocolate and pistachio Christmas tree looks just as incredible as it tastes, or our merry berry summer fruit wreath is a centrepiece good enough to eat!