12 Christmas Lunch Ideas to Impress Your Guests
The holiday season is a time of joy, excitement, and happy memories. Between sharing stories with your friends and relatives, taking a much-needed break from work, and opening all those wonderful presents, it truly is a festive time.
But, in our opinion, nothing beats the special meal that we all gather together to share. Whether it's sharing a drink over a sunny, warm lunch or eating far too much and getting a bit too loud over a decadent, tasty dinner, the Christmas meal is the capstone of the year.
So what are the fancy new recipes you've accumulated over the year? Who's bringing a tangy, modern salad? What are you bringing to the table for the main course? What is a good menu for a Christmas lunch?
At Délidoor, we prepare a range of outstanding Christmas cuisine to impress your friends, thrill your family, and celebrate the end of a long year.
The perfect Christmas dinner with all the latest recipes
Christmas dinner is all about large servings to overindulge, numerous options to keep everyone happy, and exciting new recipes to impress your friends and family. The perfect feast will have plenty of leftovers but leave no one unsatisfied. So, what should you put on your table this Christmas dinner?
Entree ideas for the Christmas table
Not every household will serve an entree every Christmas - some prefer to get to the main event immediately. But there are plenty of reasons why you should warm your guests up with a mouthwatering teaser before you lay out the spread.
Festive Christmas dips
What better way to inspire a hearty appetite in your guests than some fresh, homemade dip recipes? Dips are great finger food that you can pair with cheese or some healthy roasted vegetables. Simple dip recipes with beetroot, hummus, avocado, roasted peppers, pesto, or even sweet potato are the perfect addition to your Christmas menu.
For a homemade feel, try our three Christmas Dips with crackers this year. With three dips, all with a different taste and visual appeal, you can also cater to different dietary requirements, such as vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free.
A novel pork belly recipe
For a heavy Christmas meal, some small finger food recipes may not be enough to inspire the appetite for more that you're looking for. To really impress your guests and to give them a taste of what's to come, try using a modern pork belly recipe with all the bells and whistles.
Prepared ahead of time, cooked to perfection, and prepared to meet the taste of your guests, a small serving of pork belly will really send a message. Our Confit Pork Belly with Orange and Chilli Jam combines the luxury of Christmas dinner with a modern, fresh taste that will be sure to please.
A creamy vegetarian dish for lunch
A great recipe for vegetarians is the classic Provence Vegetable Tian. A creamy vegetable stack, topped with goat's cheese and honey, balanced to taste and extremely moreish.
Christmas sides on the menu
What's the purpose of the sides on your menu? You don't want them to distract from the mains, but a snazzy taste and a surprising texture don't hurt, either. The perfect side highlights your mains and accommodates everyone.
Potato bake or a Christmas gratin
Cheese, cream, and potato, baked to a tantalising crisp and served alongside any rich, juicy main. The Christmas gratin is a mainstay at our dinner tables - they're a family favourite.
For hungry guests, the filling creamy potato will enhance the spread on the table and give space to truly enjoy the mains that you put so much effort into. The latest recipes for potato bake, cook them with specialty cheeses or interesting herbs to elevate an ordinary dish into something special. Our Gratin Dauphinois is perfect for vegetarians and will bring a homemade feel to your Christmas dinner.
Roasted and tossed baked potatoes
Can you really have a hearty Christmas meal without baked potatoes on the menu? We don't think so but don't waste the fantastic opportunity to try out some new recipe ideas. Toss your baked potatoes in chilli oil or some different herbs or spices to mix up the dish. Chat potatoes or Kipfler potatoes make for a good base, and olive oil will make your simple dish even more delicious.
Our own Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Kipfler Potatoes are a crunchy, tasty treat that everyone in the family will love. Try serving them alongside your favourite Christmas recipes to highlight a slice of juicy, tender meat, or enjoy them the next day when they're even crunchier.
Recipe ideas for your Christmas main course
The main course is what brings families to the table over Christmas, whether it's a lovely leg of ham, a juicy, flavourful turkey, a juicy steak, or a tender serving of fish. The taste and texture of the main dishes on your Christmas menu could either be the talk of the season or disappointingly overshadowed by the sides.
For delicious recipes and great Christmas main course ideas to ensure your guests are satisfied, here's what we have on the menu.
What could bring more class to your Christmas than a delicious, crispy, charred steak? For a small gathering, a high-quality cut of steak is the ideal addition to the menu. From the generic rump to sirloin or the classic rib-eye, charred on the grill and served with your accompanying Christmas food, nothing will please your guests more.
Our 600g Premium Riverine Rib Eye with Creamy Pepper Sauce will be the talk of Christmas, with the highest quality grain-fed beef marinated in our chefs own recipe.
The classic Christmas ham
Not all Christmas meals need to feature a leg of ham, but it's a classic recipe for a reason. If you do opt for a ham this Christmas, you could always try some new recipes for the glaze, condiments, or accompanying spices. Some interesting recipes suggest glazing the ham with orange, almonds, zesty lemon, green peppercorns, or marmelade. All suggestions are worth considering - ham is such a classic dish that any innovation can be a real treat.
For your leg of ham this year, try our Délidoor glazed 5kg ham, Australian grown from Zammit, complete with our chefs excellent glaze.
A roast butternut pumpkin
For an inclusive main for vegetarians and vegans amongst your friends and family, a stuffed and roasted vegetable dish can be a real treat. A large vegetable like a pumpkin, cooked in the oven and served with delicious sauces, can be the perfect addition to your menu this Christmas. The latest vegetarian food recipes and ideas are changing how Christmas feels for those with different dietary requirements.
Surprise your vegetarian friends, who are probably expecting to fill up on sides, with a main that they can eat, love, and rave about when they return to work. Our Whole Roast Stuffed Butternut Pumpkin is stuffed with delicious fruits, nuts, rice, and spices, glazed with lemon and olive oil, and served best with a selection of tasty sides.
Skip the stress this year with a simple stuffed turkey breast that's easier to cook, is full of wonderful taste and is perfect with gravy. The latest recipes for turkey tend to avoid the whole bird, instead opting for a stuffed section of the breast. It allows you to bring in more flavours and serve a tender, juicy dish.
Our stuffed turkey breast is already fully cooked, needing only minimal preparation before it graces your table this Christmas. Served with gravy, cranberry sauce, or even candied fruits, a juicy stuffed turkey can make your Christmas meal even more festive.
A delicate duck recipe
For more refined Christmas menus, a fine duck addition can be the perfect touch. Delicate, delicious, and a little fancy, an individual serving of duck is ideal for small guest lists and an intimate setting. You can spice up your duck dish with either a spiced gravy or a zesty, fruity glaze.
Our Christmas menu offers a Duck Confit with Wild Mushroom Sauce, a traditional, slow-cooked fowl dish that's deliciously tender and full of aromatic herbs and great flavours.
Our baked salmon latest recipes
With the warm, sunny days that we enjoy over Christmas in Australia, delicate food like fish or poultry becomes a great option. Recipe ideas for baked salmon, delicate barramundi, or even king prawns or mussels, are greatly popular, and cooking them is a lot of fun.
Our Lemon and Capers Marinated Salmon is one great example of a light Christmas meal that will please your guests. It's a great alternative to traditionally heavy recipes and is perfect for a long lunch.
Festive dessert ideas for your festive lunch
While most people forget to save room for dessert on the day, there are always fresh ideas to convince people to eat a little more. A collection of dessert recipes, perfect to end a long lunch and appealing enough for the kids to try, will impress your guests.
Tradition Christmas mince pies for the perfect dessert
What could beat a classic mince pie at the end of a filling lunch? They're small enough that everyone, no matter how full they may already be, will be eager to try them, and they are full of wonderful flavours that the whole family will love them.
Our Home Made Mince Pies are great for the end of lunch when you're well and truly done with cooking. Served with brandy custard or cream, very little brings more festivity to Christmas day.
Let Délidoor handle the food ideas this year
With no sign-up needed, visit our site to see our Christmas collection for your family lunch this year. We have a curated selection of fantastic recipes to serve for your Christmas lunch.
Imagine stress-free Christmas, all of the meals on their way for delivery to your house. Take advantage of our delivery service to enjoy the festive season without wasting it in the kitchen.