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Could these be the best Christmas recipes ever?

My ultimate festive food ideas for a Christmas menu done right.

Could these be the best Christmas recipes ever?

The tree’s up, there’s a pile of presents waiting to be wrapped, and you’re swinging from one social event to the next… but what about the Christmas dinner? Whether you’re a fan of a traditional roast or prefer an alfresco backyard barbecue festive spread, I’ve got the best Christmas recipes that I’ve rustled up over the years. And they’re all right here, in one handy place. From glazed ham and Christmas trifles to crispy roast pork and moreish party food nibbles, these recipe ideas will make light work of your menu mulling and have you on track for your most delicious holiday season yet. Just don’t start scrolling if you’re hungry… you’ll want to make it all!

Crispy Crackling Pork With Herb Rice Stuffing

Crispy Crackling Pork With Herb Rice Stuffing

In my eyes, you can’t go wrong with crispy roast pork. Because, well… crackling. This one’s a cracker in itself – the stuffing is rice-based for an Asian twist, and you can start your prep the day before to ease the cooking burden. So much crunch, so much yes.

5-Spice Cherry Rum Glazed Ham

5-Spice Cherry Rum Glazed Ham

Is it Christmas if you don’t have a glazed ham? This one features a tart and tangy cherry rum topping that’s baked to sticky, spiced perfection and my word, it delivers. Forget presents under the tree: I’d take one of these any day of the week.

Creamy Japanese Potato Salad

Creamy Japanese Potato Salad

Cut through those rich meats with a versatile side dish that satisfies and delights the senses. This creamy potato salad is what you need. Trust.

Honey Glazed Tea-smoked Salmon

Honey Glazed Tea-smoked Salmon

The scene: you’re hosting at your place this year and you’re looking for the best Christmas recipes to impress. The solution: This side of salmon. It’s the answer to your festive prayers. What’s even more impressive is that you don’t need any specialist smoking equipment. Just your regular kitchen oven. Swoon indeed.

Prawn Cocktail Bao Buns

Prawn Cocktail Bao Buns

Sticking to the seafood theme (or Aussie theme, because a Christmas Down Under isn’t complete without prawns in some form), these bao buns are perfect party food to get your day started. Bite-sized, pillowy and utterly delectable.

Chai-spiced Baked Berry Cheesecake

Chai-spiced Baked Berry Cheesecake

Of course, this wouldn’t be a compilation of the best Christmas recipes without taking a dabble into dessert territory. This cheesecake recipe celebrates the plethora of fragrant spices found in chai and delivers them in the form of this light-as-you-like sweet treat. Pass the fork, don the napkin and dive in.

Mango & Coconut Xmas Trifle

Mango & Coconut Xmas Trifle

Another Christmas dessert that’s so much easier than you think to make, yet really delivers in the aesthetics department. Totally tropical, totally moreish. And how cute do they look as individual serves? Be still, my heart.

Slow Roast 5-Spice Pork Belly

Slow Roast 5-Spice Pork Belly

Well, I didn’t get very far without another roast pork recipe, but this time it’s a slow-roasted pork belly that sheesh… this one is all the things. Take the time to prep it with the multitude of cuts and I promise you’ll be rewarded with the best Christmas present ever. Santa ain’t got nothin’ on this crunch.

Spiced Plum Sauce

Spiced Plum Sauce

… or this sauce. The most epic drizzle situation for aforementioned pork situation.

Christmas Asian ‘Slaw

Christmas Asian ‘Slaw

And once you’ve got the crispy pork and the sauce going on, this is the freshness you need to cut through it all. Herby. Crunchy. Tangy. Getting hungry just at the thought of this one.

Sichuan-style Shepherd’s Pie

Sichuan-style Shepherd’s Pie

Of course, Christmas food can be anything you want it to be. And if you want it to be cosy, comforting and with lashings of humming, tongue-tingling spice, then this is the alternative food idea you need.

Salt and Pepper Roast Chicken

Salt and Pepper Roast Chicken

For a more cost-savvy, budget Christmas dinner option, try a humble roast chicken. It’s pretty much a turkey in miniature anyway… and with heaps more flavour, if you ask me.

No-churn Coconut Ice Cream Pops

No-churn Coconut Ice Cream Pops

Does dessert get much funner? Show me a more smile-inducing option than these ice-cream pops. I’ll wait.

Asian-style Porchetta

Asian-style Porchetta

Porchetta is traditionally Italian cuisine, but when has that ever stopped me (looking at you, fusion pasta recipes)? My version is stuffed pork belly with a fresh and fragrant Thai filling and crispy crackling and my word, it’ll make your year, let alone Christmas.

Smoked Chicken & Shiitake Stuffing Traybake

Smoked Chicken & Shiitake Stuffing Traybake

A beloved stuffing recipe with a twist, from me to you. The gift that keeps on giving.

Maple & Mango Spiced Glazed Ham

Maple & Mango Spiced Glazed Ham

If you’re looking for an easy Christmas food option, these next recipes have you sorted. Start things off with the Christmas table centrepiece that is an epic ham, and build your offering around that.

Kimchi & Cheese Party Puffs

Kimchi & Cheese Party Puffs

Start the celebrations with drinks and nibbles in the form of these prep-ahead, easy party appetisers. Oozy. Flaky. Kimchi-y.

Grilled Green Beans with Gingerbread Nut Crumb

Grilled Green Beans with Gingerbread Nut Crumb

Green beans get the gingerbread treatment in this most fabulous of festive sides. Vegetables never looked more appealing!

Marion’s Ultimate Roast Lamb

Marion’s Ultimate Roast Lamb

Not all Christmas roasts have to be turkey (case in point: my crispy pork mentions above). For an extra-special roast, it’s hard to beat lamb. Tender, juicy and sweet, it’s a beautiful meat that elevates any family occasion. My recipe hits all the right spots.

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