If you've been a customer of Random Harvest for long enough, you'll know there's nothing we love more than FOOD!!! It's the heart of our business, and the heart of our lives, and when it comes to Australian Christmas Foods, we adore celebrating with family and friends and as much food as we can devour over the festive season.
We find food traditions so interesting. Christmas in Australia shares many similarities to American and British traditions. We share the same red fur-coated Santa Claus and songs such as “Jingle Bells”, however, the Aussie Christmas is quite a unique experience, quite possibly because we're normally in the middle of a heat wave! . We asked the team and came up with a list of our favourite Australian Christmas foods. What's your favourite Australian Christmas Food?
Prawns For The Perfect Aussie Xmas
No Christmas lunch is complete without prawns. Be it cold cocktails or a hot barbecue king prawn, we Aussies definitely have a place for prawns in our starters and main dishes. Flash back to 1984 when Paul Hogan popularised throwing ‘an extra shrimp on the barbie’ for a tourism campaign, but every Aussie knows we've been putting PRAWNS on the barbie well before that.
Traditional Christmas Family Barbecue Time
Christmas time is sizzling hot for us Aussies, so Christmas lunch for many families is more of a casual affair. There’s nothing more perfect than an outdoor barbecue and ice cold beer or glass of wine. Give us some seafood, chicken, steak, lamb skewers, sausages, and even veggies and we’ll ‘whack it on the barbie’. If you're trying to find the perfect gift idea for your dad, husband or uncle who loves to BBQ, then our bbq Christmas hampers are guaranteed to impress.
Don't Forget The Christmas Ham
Christmas ham is the main event for many Australian homes. Though some avoid the heat of the oven, there are still plenty of families who love this sweet and smoky meat, sometimes preparing it days in advance (who wants to be a slave to the kitchen on the big festive day?). Honey, maple, apricot, or even pineapple juice can be used to glaze this staple Australian Christmas food. Cranberry sauce and baked apples are the usual side dishes or throw it on a sandwich with your favourite Random Harvest Pickles for something truly easy.
Who's Bringing The Potato Bake?
Potato bake, au gratin, scalloped potatoes - whatever you want to call it, this rich and satisfying dish is one staple in an Aussie Christmas spread. Potatoes, heavy cream, cheese, butter, bread crumbs, and some more cheese are used to create this carby delight. If you've invited the family over for a huge Christmas gathering, then it's likely there's a nominated potato bake maker in the family or friend group. Is it you?
Too Hot In The Xmas Kitchen? Sliced Cold Ham and Turkey
For those that make their Christmas ham or turkey a few days ahead, it’s no problem to serve it cold during Christmas day. It’s fine to eat it as it is or slapped in a sandwich for a more filling meal. Everyone knows that cold Xmas meats are a staple meal for weeks after Santa has arrived.
The Perfect Christmas Pavlova
Named after the ballerina Anna Pavlova, the origin of this light and fluffy dessert is a subject of debate for the Aussies and Kiwis. This Christmas staple features layers of meringue and cream, topped with fruits and berries such as passionfruit, mangoes, cherries, and strawberries. It has a crisp crust and a soft inside that’s just perfect after a heavy meal. Whether it's a pre-made pav bought from the bakery or the supermarket, or Nan's secret recipe, we reckon this is a must have.
Trifle Is A Festive Must Have Dessert
Trifle is one of the Aussies’ favourite Christmas desserts. Sherry-soaked sponge cake, fresh fruit, jelly, and cream are layered and served cold. If there are kids involved, the sherry can be skipped and the trifle arranged in individual cups to make it easier to eat. We definitely acknowledge that Trifle can be a divisive beast. Not everyone loves this layered dessert delight.
Anyone Got Room For Traditional Christmas Pudding
Christmas pudding is a boozy food for Christmas that we adopted from our British colonists. Ingredients include ginger, cinnamon, sultanas, raisins and currants, dates, figs, and almonds. To give it a summery twist, Aussies like to add a hint of orange flavour. It’s rich, creamy, and cool with a bit of kick from the rum or brandy. No wonder it’s a crowd-favourite!
Discover Australia's Best Christmas Gift Hampers To Bring Joy This Year
No matter what your favourite Christmas foods, our entire range of gourmet sweets, savoury nibbles and condiments are the perfect gourmet accompaniment to your Christmas meal this year.
Looking to for a Christmas hostess gift? A luxury Christmas food hamper is a wonderful choice. Not only can you find sweet treats inside of many of our hampers that the hostess can enjoy and indulge in, our hampers contain a huge selection of products to help the hostess cater to even the fussiest of guests.