Your Aussie Christmas feast with an international twist
With the festive season in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about the classic Australian Christmas spread. Synonymous with BBQ meats, seafood platters and classic fruit-topped pavlovas, thesedishes satisfy our need for an Aussie tradition, but don’t quite satiate Australians’ love of exploring new foods, flavours and cultures.
Language learning app Babbel has compiled a list of unique international twists to your classic Australian favourites for you to whip up this Christmas.
Oh, so delicioso prawns
Seafood at an Australian comida de Navidad (Christmas lunch in Spanish) is an undisputed tradition.A fresh seafood spread helps us feel closer to the ocean and enjoy the warm summer’s day just a little bit more. The ultimate crowd-pleaser – BBQ prawns – is a truly tried and tested dish for a southern hemisphere Christmas spread.
This year, why not revamp your classic recipe with a Spanish twist to add new flavour and spice? Fresh chilli flakes, garlic, lemon and a dash of paprika is all you need to enjoy the flavours reminiscent of Barcelona’s La Boqueria Food Market on your gambas (prawns).
Ham with a French glaze
The Aussie Christmas ham is a simple but essential part of the festive menu. Most Australians have a simple, go-to glaze and a garnish of cherries for their ham dishes. Each year, the ham is always kept for weeks after Christmas and we often start to get bored, finding new ways to keep making it tasty. Babbel has found a way to make it so delicious, you won’t have any leftovers after Christmas day!
Try incorporating French flavours into your jambon de Noël (Christmas ham in French) this year by creating a mixture of maple syrup, cinnamon, allspice, apples and pears to glaze over the entire ham. It will fill your home with a delicious aroma of an orchard in the countryside of France – and you don’t have to fork out for the plane ticket!
The classic Pavlova is an Australian favourite when Natal (Christmas in Portuguese) arrives. Whether you believe that it’s of Australian or New Zealand origin, it’s a staple on most Aussie Christmas tables.
Get creative with your pav this year and try topping it with some delicious South American inspired fruits. Add lychee, dragon fruit and papaya to the top to create a tropical dessert the whole family will love.
Norwegian potato salad
The classic potato salad is an Australian summer staple, and a regular at many family jul (Christmas in Norwegian) lunches. Instead of having a heavy, creamy potato salad, try a light and fresh Scandinavian inspired one this year.
Swap the mayo and bacon out for olive oil, lemon zest and garlic. Add a variety of herbs, including rosemary, sage and mint to create an easy and delicious variation of potato salad.
If you’re not a fan of fruit cake it doesn’t mean you need to miss out dessert. An Italian spin on the traditional trifle will satisfy any sweet tooth come Natale (Christmas in Italian). Substitute half the custard for mascarpone and top with passionfruit, strawberries and peaches to create a delicious cold dessert for a hot Australian Christmas Day.