Typical Aussie Christmas dinner

December 9, 2020

Christmas is truly a special occasion in Australia. Yes, it’s summer Down Under during the Christmas time, so the food might be a bit different than what you are used to. We already wrote an article about iconic Australian dishes and already stated that Australia has a unique cuisine blend. 

So, you can safely assume that Aussie Christmas dinner is a bit different than what you might be used to. Here’s some meals that showcase this country’s culinary creativity to make your Christmas a bit merrier this year.

White Christmas

Paradoxically, although Australian Christmas is during the summer and there are no White Christmases Down under, White Christmas is indeed an Australian dessert. It is a mixture of raisins, glazed cherries, coconut, sugar, milk powder, Rice Bubbles and coconut oil. 

It’s easy to make and it’s very, very festive, as the name states. It also looks beautiful. Because of its simplicity, it's a popular “bring a plate” dish in Australia.

White Christmas is quite a light dessert, but so tasty, you’ll always want a bite more. If you decide to try it this Christmas, check out this awesome recipe.

Prawns

Maybe the most popular Christmas food in Australia are prawns, or shrimps, as you may know them. Some studies say that 40% of Australian prawn consumption occurs during the holiday season.

Maybe the secret for prawns popularity is that they go really well with hot weather due to their versatility (they can be cooked, barbecued or served cold). Also, they are a luxury food item and it’s natural for people to want to spend more on food during holidays. That’s why prawn sales spike during Christmas in Australia.

Maybe the most popular Christmas food in Australia are prawns

Australia is well known for high quality, local prawns, so, while eating great food, prawns also “feel” very Australian. You can prepare them in many ways, so for inspiration, we recommend checking out these 60 prawn recipes.

Christmas Pudding

When it comes to an Aussie Christmas celebration, you can’t say you had a complete meal without a big bowl of Christmas pudding. Although this is not exclusively Australian tradition, it’s loved by everyone. 

This festive dessert can be prepared in dozens of ways, and one of the secret ingredients many people like to use is alcohol. 

It also comes in a frozen variation, which is perfect for hot Aussie Christmas dinners. Check out this recipe to try to make your own Christmas pudding, or try using Spotfood to plan your party and have it made for you.

Gingerbread

Gingerbread is a popular Christmas treat all over the world. Although gingerbread originates from 17th century Europe, it became quite popular in Australia during the 20th century.

It’s made from sugar and spices and of course ginger. It became associated with Christmas in the 19th century due to gingerbread fairs. From early on, these cookies were shaped into different shapes, like animals, birds and people.

Gingerbread is a popular Christmas treat all over the world

As does everything, even gingerbread comes with a summery twist in Australia. If you want to try it yourself this Christmas, check out this recipe at Taste.com.au.

The food is seasonal

Although a couple of decades ago, many Australians enjoyed a more European way of celebrating Christmas, newer generations tend to appreciate seasonal and climate appropriate foods. 
Yes, Christmas in Australia comes during the summer, so why not enjoy the occasion with easier, summery food. We encourage you to try out some classic Aussie food this Christmas, you might just enjoy it. And if you don’t feel like cooking this year, we recommend using Spotfood to have great Australian food delivered to your party.