Being a country in the southern hemisphere, Australia experiences a different kind of Christmas. Instead of cold gusts of wind, they have the summer heat. But despite these differences, Australians also celebrate Christmas the same way as the rest of the world.
A Christmas Eve dinner in Australia is not complete without a turkey. It is one of the evident influences of the westerners to the country. In fact, it is so common during this season that you might find yourself feeling like you already had too much.
If you’re tired of having too much turkey this Christmas, you might want to try these 30 other meals instead. Some of them included my recipes, pretty sure you can make it your own and share with family and friends.
Christmas Can Be Complete Without Turkey
A Christmas Eve dinner without a roast turkey can still be just as complete and festive. Over the years, there have been a lot of new recipes invented to choose from. This ranges from simple appetizers, to main courses, and even to desserts.
The demand for turkey in Australia springs up every holiday season. After all, aside from being a common fixture, it is also considered as a good alternative to beef and pork. However, it is also important to know that too much turkey might not be good for you.
Considering that turkey is roasted, it is oily and burnt. This may not be good for people who have heart conditions and high cholesterol. Having several other meals during Christmas Eve dinner gives the family members healthier options to choose from.
Aside from health considerations, there is also a chance to venture on foods from different cultures. Thus, here are some of the variety of food you might want to try this Christmas season.
1. Beef Wellington
Seasoned perfectly and cooked in rich olive oil, Beef Wellington is a meal sure to delight your savory taste buds.
The most important ingredients you need in making beef wellington are:
• Beef fillet
• Dough (for pastry wrap)
• Mushroom (for additional flavors)
• Egg (for making sure the wrap sticks)
2. Peking Duck
Try a different fowl this Christmas! With its tender meat and crispy skin, this golden-brown Pecking Duck will surely sate your appetite!
To cook and prepare pecking duck, you need the following:
• Peking duck (preferably five to six pounds in weight)
• For the duck’s seasoning you need: honey, soy sauce, brown sugar, white pepper, and the Chinese five powder
• For the sauce, you need: corn starch, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and a package of Chinese style pancakes
On average, it takes about three hours to cook the Peking duck so you might need a bit of patience for it
3. Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Have a fresh bite of spring in one of these! Its crisp vegetables and soft rice paper will make you swoon in delight.
To prepare Vietnamese spring rolls (or locally known as Gỏi cuốn in Vietnam), you’ll need:
• Rice wrappers
• Various fresh vegetables (basil, mint leaves, cilantro, lettuce)
• Various types of sauce (fish sauce, garlic chili sauce, hoisin sauce)
• Chopped peanuts
For a more detailed instruction on how to prepare Vietnamese spring rolls, you can check out my Vietnamese spring rolls recipe
4. Adobo (Original)
Adobo is a Filipino dish of cured meat braised in rich, salty broth. Many wonder how this delicious food can be so easy to make.
5. Adobong Puti
A variation of the original Adobo, its name comes from its cream-like white color. But, it is still as scrumptious as the original!
For adobong puti (white adobo), you need the following:
• Garlic, white vinegar, ground pepper
• Check this site to know how to cook it
As for the original adobo, its main difference from adobong puti is that sauce is added when cooking it. The same ingredients from adobong puti is still used. This site will help you prepare and cook original adobo. Click here for my recipe
6. Coq Au Vin
A French winter classic, it is a dish composed of chicken, vegetables, potatoes and mushrooms, cooked in fruity, sour wine.
The pride of the Spanish! It is a rice dish mixed with fresh seafood and fragrant herbs on a warm skillet.
8. Potato Gratin
If you prefer soft foods, this is the one for you! This dish is a combination of russet potatoes, salty gruyere cheese, and soft cream.
9. Pork Schnitzels
Have a taste of Germany with these tender, golden-brown Schnitzels! They are best paired with savory mashed potatoes and gravy.
10. Apple Cider Glazed Porkchops
This dish puts pork chops to the next level! This combines the juicy, savory flavor of meat with the sweet, tangy flavor of apples.
11. Chili Lime Shrimp
Calling all shrimp lovers, this one is for you! This dish is sure to give you a taste of spiciness with a refreshing citrus tang.
12. Garlic Scallops
Cooked in butter and garlic, this dish will let you taste the awesome flavor of the sea in every bite.
13. Roasted Lemon Pepper Salmon
This lemon-pepper seasoning is sure to bring out the latent flavors of salmon! Pair this dish up with parmesan asparagus for a great meal combo! This tangy red sauce in one, delectable pie! Dig in!
14. Sweet and Sour Chicken Egg Rolls
With stir-fried chicken and an assortment of vegetables in each roll, every bite of it gives an explosion of flavor!
15. Langoustine Soup
This Icelandic dish combines langoustine shells, cream, and curry powder to make a rich, warm soup with a spicy kick!
16. Roast Pork Belly with Lechon Sauce
This slow-roasted pork belly is made better with a sweet and sour sauce. Served in special occasions, this dish can make your Christmas more special!
17. Roasted Apples and Bacon with Onions and Thyme (Æbleflæsk)
This Danish dish will certainly give you a treat! A smoked pork belly is roasted with caramelized onions in bacon fat and then served with sweet, crisp apples.
If this doesn’t make you eat your vegetables, then nothing will! This Puerto Rican dish serves a bowl of chicken broth with starchy vegetables.
19. Goanese Shrimp Curry (Sembharachi Kodi)
This Indian dish serves fresh shrimp in a rich coconut and curries broth. Just one sip will make you dance like a Bollywood star!
20. Rice Pudding with Raspberry Coulis
This one is for the sweet lovers! This light, semi-sweet rice pudding is a brilliant combination of short-grain rice, cream, and ripe raspberries.
21. Hungarian-style Stuffed Cabbage (Töltött Káposzta)
This dish stuffs cornmeal and smoked-ham filling into blanched cabbage rolls. Then, they are braised in thick, paprika-infused tomato sauce. Hmm, yum!
22. Christmas Grouse with Berry Sauce (Jólarjúpa með Berjasósu)
Another Icelandic dish, a wild grouse is roasted and served with a sweet, tangy sauce of thyme and bilberries. Blueberries can be used as substitute.
23. Roast Pork Loin with Salted Caramel Potatoes
This dish serves a succulent pork roast with sweet, buttered potatoes and tart red currant jelly. The description already makes you drool!
24. Chupe de centolla
This Chilean dish is the ultimate cheesy crab dip! It combines milk-soaked bread with cheese, shellfish, and the succulent meat of a Chilean King crab.
Gourmetten is perfect for bonding with family and friends! In communal grills, each person can choose to grill anything they like, from meats to vegetables.
26. Selyodka pod Shuboy
This Russian dish is a colorful layered salad of vegetables, meats and herring. It can please both the stomach and the eyes.
27. Arraz con Gandules
This dish mixes rice, pigeon peas, oregano, olive oil and others to make the ultimate rice dish. It isn’t Puerto Rico’s signature cuisine for nothing.
This Polish dish stuffs mashed potatoes, cottage cheese, and sauerkraut into dumplings. Then, they are boiled to a soft and plump perfection!
A Costa Rican Christmas tradition, this dish is wrapped in banana leaves and stuffed with various meats, vegetables, and seasonings.
30. Tripe Soup
A warm and comforting Caribbean dish that lets no animal part go to waste! It’s a cow tripe-based soup mixed with root vegetables and oregano.
Experience a Global Christmas
Turkey is a tradition—a go-to food when you cannot think of other recipes for the holiday. But having too much turkey may be too much for your health as well. Maybe having turkey every holiday makes it feel like a routine.
This is why trying out new meals and dishes from around the world gives you an exquisite experience. Imagine having all these in one table. You’ll probably feel like you have traveled the world without even leaving your home!