Christmas

5 Christmas lunch ideas the family will love

The holidays are a time for family, festivities and, of course, plenty of food. No Christmas Day would be complete without a hearty feast— followed by naps on the sofa in front of the TV! 
 
If you’re hosting this year, you might find yourself wondering “what should I cook for Christmas lunch?” While it’s hard to go past crowd-pleasers like roast meat and potatoes, why not shake things up with some unique dishes? After all, an unconventional year calls for an unconventional Christmas lunch! 
 
Putting a new spin on some Christmas classics, these 5 dishes are sure to have the whole family asking for seconds.
 
Christmas Wellington
Can’t choose between pork and chicken? You no longer have to, thanks to this Christmas-inspired take on Beef Wellington. With festive favourites like stuffing and cranberry rolled between layers of ham and chicken, it makes the perfect main dish for Christmas lunch. 
 
It’s also extremely easy to make ahead of time and can be frozen for up to two months. So, all you need to do on the big day is pop it in the oven and pour the gravy! Make it by covering chicken breasts in your toppings, wrapping in cling film and freezing. Then, roll the roulade in pastry,  brush in egg yolk and bake until golden crispy.
 
Christmas scallops 
Why not take advantage of fresh, seasonal produce and the warmer weather with a seafood Christmas dish? Great as both an entree or side, this tasty dish is where the land meets the sea. It combines juicy scallops with classic festive ingredients like parsnips, carrot and pomegranate — served on a creamy puree sauce. 
 
To make it, peel and cook the parsnips and carrot using your preferred preparation method. Combine cauliflower, heavy cream and butter in a blender or food processor to prepare the puree. Sear the scallops for 30 to 40 seconds and serve on the puree and arrange the vegetables on top. Scatter the pomegranate around the dish and you’re ready to serve!
 
Moroccan spiced pie
Even in the southern hemisphere, a hearty pie never fails at Christmas time. Combining sweet and savoury elements, this Moroccan-inspired dish is the perfect addition to any festive spread. It’s also meat-free, making it suitable for any vegetarians in the family.
 
To prepare, combine peeled and cut squash with seeds, paprika and cinnamon, and roast for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a mix of shallots, almonds, cranberries, honey and spinach in a frying pan, then combine with the squash mixture once baked. Layer the mix between sheets of filo pastry, brushing butter over the top. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes and serve with a harissa yoghurt sauce or your dressing of choice.
 
Roasted butternut pumpkin salad 
Every Christmas lunch needs its token salad — but this one’s so delicious, it might just become the main event! Featuring festive ingredients like pumpkin, cranberries and walnuts, it’s the perfect summertime salad for the holidays. 
 
To make this colourful salad,  roast butternut pumpkin until tender. Chop and serve throughout arugula leaves, along with other toppings like feta, goats cheese, walnuts and cranberries. Serve with a honey and balsamic dressing and watch as the whole family keeps coming back for more!

Hasselback potato 
Cooking sides for Christmas lunch doesn’t have to be a hassle, thanks to the Hasselback potato! This Swedish-inspired dish is simple, but absolutely bursting with flavour. They’re also perfect for serving individually, which is handy if you’re trying to be extra careful about hygiene this year.
 
To make them, cut slits along the length of potatoes, making sure you don’t cut all the way through. Bake for 20 minutes until slightly soft. Then, brush a mixture of your choice of toppings — olive oil, rosemary, sea salt and parmesan cheese are always popular — along each potato, making sure the toppings get into the crevices. Bake for another 20 minutes until golden crispy, sprinkle with rosemary and voila, they’re ready to go!
 
Whether your family is big or small, it’s not always easy catering for everyone at Christmas time. But with these 5 winning Christmas lunch recipes up your sleeve, you can whip up a feast the whole family adores.
 
Get your Christmas food essentials from Woolworths.