The summery Christmas lunch in Australia
As a lot of areas of the world associate Christmas with being wrapped up in reindeer jumpers, sipping eggnog and roasting chestnuts on a cosy fire, it is easy to forget that over in Australia, it is summer at Christmas time!
During these summer months, turkey and ham are rarely served, and the folks down under have begun to serve more food appropriate to the overwhelming heat. After all – who wants to be eating warming food when you’re already warm?
Although the stereotypical Aussie Christmas lunch suggests that they throw a ‘shrimp on the barbie’, other seafood are the culinary dishes of choice such as prawns, Balmain bugs (a species of lobster), Moreton Bay bugs (a variety of slipper lobster), lobsters, smoked salmon plus much more.
The seafood platter (found on Recipebridge) is the perfect way to enjoy your Christmas lunch as an Aussie – or indeed anyone who is residing in a hot country over the festive period. The Australian Seafood Platter is amazingly colourful and also packed full of an abundance of flavours and textures.
The platter can be adjusted to suit your preferences, but overall includes about 6 different types of seafood including lobsters, oysters, king prawns, and smoked salmon. For additional flavours, French dressing, a wedge of lemon, parsley, a white onion and an avocado are also thrown into the mix.
The indulgent yet light seafood recipes for Christmas lunch
When the weather outside is hot, the last thing you want to do is eat until you can’t move. This is why a seafood themed Christmas lunch is such a popular idea in Australia. For a light option that will make your Christmas lunch special, you could also try the Seafood Linguini with Tomato Pesto. Find this and more such recipes on Recipebridge.
Although the Aussies may avoid what others know as the traditional Christmas lunch, the folks down under still enjoy their own take on the boozy Christmas cake for dessert. Fruity mince pies may also feature as well as fruity pavlovas, chocolate logs, trifles, various ice creams – basically anything which is even a little indulgent!
Seafood is the most popular dish of choice for Christmas lunch at this time of year more than any other, and the food stores all over Australia are always in high demand when it comes to seafood sales. No matter where you are in the world, you should definitely try a seafood platter as an alternative to your traditional Christmas lunch at some point in your life – the flavours will tantalise your taste buds and you will love the variety of textures you can get from just one dish. You can find a plethora of holiday seafood recipes on Recipebridge for your Christmas lunch.
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