35 Best Christmas Recipes for Summer Entertaining

It’s the first week in December and with that, the first week of Summer. It’s the time when the Christmas season officially gets real and the week most people put up their trees and decorate their houses. It’s also the time to really start thinking about what you’re going to serve for your Christmas Lunch.

In Australia, the typical Christmas Lunch comprises of cold drinks, fresh seafood, yummy salads and a roast or two, served hot or in my family’s case, usually cold.

If you’re looking for fresh, new ideas for the festive season and for the special day, then look no further!

I’ve rounded up the very best festive recipes to make your Aussie Christmas Feast go off with a bang!

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Smoked Salmon Salad Wreath by It’s Not Complicated Recipes

Fresh, summery and very festive! This salad wreath is the perfect addition to an Aussie Christmas Feast! And if you want to add a little extra class to this recipe, check out this handy little spiralizing gadget!

Baked Brie with Fig Jam by Masala Herb

Can you really entertain without a cheese platter? I’m not sure, but I’ll play it safe with this Baked Brie with Fig Jam recipe! Sticky, fruity fig jam and creamy, gooey brie cheese smothered over crackers! Yes Please!

Christmas Oreo Cookie Balls by The Flavor Bender

Aren’t these just adorable?! Both the kids and the adults will be lining up for these Christmas Oreo Cookies all day long! The cutest way to get into the Christmas Spirit.

Butternut Squash & Lentil Salad by The Belly Rules The Mind

Fresh and healthy, this butternut squash and lentil salad will be a real hit on a hot summery Christmas day! It will pair perfectly with the glazed ham or any kind of roasted meat!

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Frosting by A Cookie Named Desire
Just because you’re Celiac, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a festive Christmas treat! This beautiful gingerbread cake is gluten-free and worthy enough for any Chrismas celebration! For the adorable little decorations on top, check out these cuties.
Merry Little Christmas Deviled Eggs by She Keeps a Lovely Home
Deviled eggs make the best appetisers! Bite-sized and delicious, they’ll win over any guest and are super easy to whip up. Add some “holly” and it’s a great festive nibble.
Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes by A Cookie Named Desire
Okay, so image candy canes but as a cupcake with chocolate! Well, that’s exactly what these bad boys are!! A guilty pleasure with plenty of Christmas cheer! To decorate to impress, simply use a piping bag.
Decorated Christmas Sugar Cookies by A Farm Girls Kitchen

I just love iced biscuits! Especially Christmas themed cookies! A cute treat for any age or the perfect homemade present for someone you love. You can find some Christmas cookie cutters right here.

Lemon & Parmesan Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad by Alena Menko
Yummy and fresh, this salad screams Christmas! The festive colours make it oh so beautiful and very appetising! The lemon and Parmesan really spruce up the humble sprouts!
‘Everything But The Bagel’ Cheese Ball by Cheese Curd in Paradise
I know that bagels are mostly associated with brunch, but hey – this is a cheese ball, so we can eat it any time of day; especially Christmas! If you can’t find the special ‘bagel seasoning’ then don’t worry, I’ve got you covered right here.
Garlic Butter Prime Rib Roast by Wholesome Yum
Now, this is the ultimate Christmas roast! Moist and flavoursome, this prime rib roast is something to look forward to for your Christmas lunch!
Perfect Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate by Grandbaby Cakes

Take your shortbread up a notch this year with this delightful recipe! Almost anything can be improved by adding chocolate and the traditional shortbread is no exception!

Easy Christmas Holiday Punch by A Farm Girls Kitchen

In my family, punch is saved for special occasions. Birthdays, parties, celebrations and of course, Christmas. My family and I always look forward to Christmas for the simple little things like punch. This recipe is very festive and is sure to get you into the Christmas cheer as well! And to make it really nice, check out this gorgeous Drink Dispenser.

Easy Almond Flour Sugar Cookies by Fit As A Mama Bear
Know someone that has to eat gluten-free? Then be a great person and whip up a batch of these almond sugar cookies! The perfect gift or Christmas treat for friends and family. For an added touch, try these Christmas Tree cookie cutters!
Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms by Savory with Soul
A simple and delicious finger food idea that’s both impressive looking and tasty! These bite-sized goodies will disappear fast!
Christmas Wreath Pavlova by Sweet Caramel Sunday’s

No Australian Christmas is complete without the Pavlova. This recipe is a brilliant new take on the traditional favourite, making it even more festive with the simple wreath shape!

Spiced Christmas Shortbread by Sugar, Salt, Magic
Add a little spice to your shortbread this Christmas with this cracking recipe! Really easy and great to share with family and friends. You could make them in any shape or size you like but I love the stars that Sugar, Salt, Magic has done. You can find some cute star cutters right here.
Christmas Mojito by Cooking Carnival
Celebrate Christmas the right way with a refreshing cocktail! This Christmas Mojito is a festive drink for all your adult guests.
Wild Rice & Rocket Christmas Salad by Stacey Home Maker
This salad is a unique and merry recipe to help you and your family celebrate the silly season this year! And the pomegranate seeds add a festive pop of colour whilst also being fresh.
Mini Salmon Rissoles with Sour Cream & Caviar by Greedy Gourmet
These fancy little canapés will get lots of oohs and ahhs from all your guests. The simple salmon rissoles are immediately turned into a classy nibble with the addition of cream cheese and caviar.
Christmas Pudding by Cooking Journey Blog

My Nan thinks that it’s not Christmas without the traditional pudding. So with that in mind, I had to include a recipe in this post for everyone that agrees!

Christmas Ice Cream Pudding by Marcellina in Cucina
Did someone say dessert? This is such an impressive dessert that is perfect for any summer day, although Christmas is probably the best! All the kids will be diving into this pudding, that’s for sure.
Parmesan Nacho Cups by Emma Eats and Explores
If you’re still looking for finger food ideas, then you’ll want to check out this recipe for these nacho cups! They look pretty and are easy to make, and to eat. 😉
Sweet Potato Salad with Lentils & Goats Cheese by Emma Eats and Explores
This salad is as pretty as a picture! It’s really ideal for anytime of the year, but Christmas is the perfect opportunity to make it and share it with all your guests!
Gingerbread Ice Cream by From the Larder
Now this is a festive summer dessert! On a hot, sweltering Aussie day there’s nothing better than digging into a bowl of freezing cold ice-cream! And what better flavour to enjoy on Christmas than Gingerbread?!
Braised Red Cabbage by Veggie Desserts
This cabbage is a great side dish for Christmas day! It’s bright and tasty and really good with the Christmas ham!
How to Make a Charcuterie Board by Sweet Caramel Sunday’s
If you’re interested in making an epic Charcuterie board this year, then this is your complete guide! It’s a great little how-to to help you pull out all the stops!
Apple Glazed Ham by Spend with Pennies

Pork and apple are a perfect match and this glazed ham highlights that beautifully! Succulent and juicy, it’s great served alongside my Apple, Rocket & Pine Nut Salad.

Cheats Gluten Free Christmas Cake by From The Larder
Celiacs don’t have to miss out on the traditional Christmas cake this year! This recipe is an easy gluten-free cake for anyone to enjoy!
Homemade Caramels by Garnish and Glaze

Looking for a present that was made with love? Then look no further than these Homemade Caramels by Garnish and Glaze! Gift them to loved ones or simply make them for Christmas day snacking!

Gingerbread House by The Flavor Bender
A Gingerbread house is one of those iconic things that are always associated with Christmas! They’re definitely a showstopper and are certainly delicious when it comes time to demolish! You can find the necessary cutters here to make the process a lot easier.
Brie Cheese Christmas Wreath by Julie Blanner
Okay, so if anyone knows me, they’ll know that if it has Brie in it or on it, then I’ll eat it. But cooked Brie? With pastry?! Yes please. If you’re like me, and have a slight obsession with cheese, then we can both agree that we will want to have this at out Christmas celebrations!
White Bean Stuffed Leg of Lamb by Garlic and Zest
This truly is the ultimate Christmas roast recipe. Serve this stuffed leg of lamb hot or cold, with salad or veggies and you’ve got a winning Christmas menu!
Maple Balsamic Roast Vegetables by Bucket List Tummy
Looking for a delicious side for the Christmas roast? Then you should definitely try these maple balsamic veggies for an easy side dish to whip up that really packs the flavour.
Cheese Pesto Filled Bread Wreath by Marcellina in Cucina

Feeding a crowd? Then this cheesy, pesto pull apart bread wreath is a great go to this holiday season! Served with this tomato dipping sauce, it’ll really hit the spot.

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