Australian Christmas Dinner Revealed.
Christmas in Australia is not that different from Christmas in British and American traditions. However, one stark difference is that it is warm at Christmas. This single difference has resulted in Christmas in Australia becoming a unique Christmas, whether it is the cuisine or the activities carried out.
So, what is in a traditional Australian Christmas dinner?
- Christmas Ham: The main dinner of an Australian Christmas must-have ham. These hams can be cooked in an oven, carved, and served as sweet yet smoky meat. To glaze the ham, substances such as honey or maple are used. You can also use pineapple for an authentic dinner. The side dishes of a Ham are cranberries and baked apples, which add the flavor you need to your meal.
- Prawns: Christmas in Australia is famous for having seafood as well. Prawns can be served with cocktails and meat. You can barbecue these prawns and then serve them with drinks and desserts. In every household, they like to cook prawns their way. Seafood like oysters is also a part of the traditional Australian Christmas dinner.
- Cold meat: While the main course might be different based on the region, it is common to serve meat cold in Australia. Ham and turkey can be served as cold meat. This is mainly because the weather is warm at Christmas.
- Barbecue: Barbecue is extremely popular in Australia and Christmas dinners are a perfect time for it. With families gathered, Australians roast ham, lambs, or even sausages. It is a fun activity which brings you good food at the end of it! You can also add meat of your choice and make it unique to you.
- Potato Bakes: These are scalloped potatoes and are a staple to an Australian Christmas dinner. It is a heavy dish that can fill our stomachs. You can also serve it with cheese which only adds to the taste.
- White Christmas: White Christmas is a dessert served in Australia. It is a no-bake and is made with Copha, coconut, dried fruit (raisins, currants, rice bubbles, and sultanas). Breakfast cereal and rice bubbles are also added to the dessert.
- Christmas Pudding: The tradition of a Christmas pudding is one that was brought during the British colonization. The dessert is boiled, dark, and rich in taste. You can mix ingredients such as ginger, cinnamon, spices, raisins, dates, and almonds. You can add brandy or alcohol of your choice to get the kick. Orange is a flavor specific to Australia, which you can add to the pudding.
- Mince Pies: Another commonality between Australia and British are the mince pies. These include almonds, apples, fruit flavors, and brandy. The alcohol can be of your choice.
- Gingerbread: Christmas traditions and gingerbread go hand in hand. A lot of people like to have fun with gingerbread and create shapes and even decorations out of this. They eat this gingerbread as well. Some people like to use gingerbread only as decoration.
- Pavlova: One of the most popular and staple Christmas dishes is Pavlova. It is made with meringue and has fresh cream and fruit on top. It is light and fluffy which is what people enjoy after a huge meal. You can also increase the variety of desserts if Pavlova is one of them.
- Mangoes: Some regions in Australia do have Mangoes growing in the Christmas season. You can always spot these in regions in Brisbane on tabletops or in fridges. These can be added to desserts or eaten by themselves.
This is what a traditional Australian Christmas dinner consists of. We think it has the best of both worlds!
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Mark Dubois grew up in a tiny village in the South of France where fresh ingredients, traditional recipes, and fantastic french wines are present in every house and corner. Chef Mark is specialised in Mediterranean Gastronomies, but he is more passionate about baking. Chef Mark is currently working as a hosted Chef in different restaurants around Europe.