The YourGrocer guide to Christmas
Whether you plan to spend your Christmas by the beach, in the family home, at a picnic or around the barbecue, deciding on what to eat and cook on the day is never an easy decision.
To save you the stress, we’ve created an easy guide to Christmas day cooking so you can spend more time being with those you love and less time stressing over the menu. You’re welcome.
Step 1: Choose your centrepiece
Making a call on your Christmas centrepiece depends on many factors. The three most important things to consider are:
- How many people you’re feeding
- How much time you have
- How much stove or oven space is available
We’ve narrowed down our favourites including ham, turkey, seafood and vegetarian options in this handy guide. You might want to choose a few - ham and turkey, or one meat and another vegetarian option.
Step 2: Decide on your sides
Next, you’ll need some rockstar sides to accompany your centrepiece.
For the classics: ham & turkey
When picking sides for classic Christmas centrepieces, you’ll want dishes to compliment their rich flavour.
🍚 Or, you might like to try something like this holiday wild rice, with leek and mushroom.
🥕Complement with some delicious seasonal veg options (cooked or in salads) like...
- Asparagus (we love this fresh lemon pepper version)
- Fresh peas and herbs (combine with farro in this tasty grain salad)
- Leeks (in Vinaigrette with Walnuts and Tarragon)
- Brussel sprouts (try them stir fried)
- Broccoli (combine with a creamy dressing, cheese and anchovies for a fresh twist on the classic caesar salad)
For seafood lovers
Nothing compliments seafood more than some rich sides. You can’t go wrong with…
- A pasta salad - try this pesto version
- Something creamy - like this creamy Spinach Orzo
- Or roasted veggies and feta
For veggie friends
When veggies are your main dish, you’ll want some high-protein, fiber-filled, sides to accompany your dish. Our top picks are…
Step 3: Drinks
Deciding on what to sip on as you nosh on your Christmas meal is just as exciting as the food itself. We’ve prepared a list to of elixirs to go with your centrepieces.
As Ham has a mix of sweet and salty richness, it’s best paired with wines that plenty of acidity, bold fruit and a touch of sweetness.
Great ham-wine pairings include: Riesling, Moscato, Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Lambrusco and Grenache. (Watch this tutorial to find out more!)
Beer is also a great accompaniment to ham. Opt for beers with body and sweetness to stand up to the pungent pork. Think fruity and spicy yeast flavours.
Serious Eats recommends wheat beers, particularly of the European variety, which are quite heavy in yeast: think hefeweizen, witbier and Belgian triples:“Wheat malt gives these beers a soft, bready sweetness that latches onto the honey glaze and also pulls a bit of sweetness from the pork.”
The good news about pairing drinks with turkey is that most spirits complement the white meat well. The bad news is you’re spoilt with almost too many options. Our advice: stick to your favourite spirit and you can’t go wrong.
For wine enthusiasts, Pinot Noir is an all time favourite due to its low tannin content. This allows it to meld well with both turkey meat and seasonal sides. (Source: The Spruce Eats)
What goes better with oysters than a bottle of your favourite bubbles? The bubbles in Champagne cut perfectly through the salinity of oysters. It’s a match made in seafood heaven!
If eating fresh prawns, champagne as well as young Rieslings pair well.
To bring out the flavour of barbecued or grilled seafood you’ll want to choose a more fuller bodied and richer white like Chardonnay, Roussanne, Verdelho or Viognier. (Source: Wine Selectors)
Step 4: Desserts
It’s probably an understatement to say that we’re a little bit obsessed with dessert. Here are some ideal treats for Christmas, whether you prefer traditional festive desserts, or you’re a lover of fruit, chocolate or the classics.
Traditional Christmas desserts:
- Plum pudding - make your own or order from your local shop ( you can also get gluten free and dairy free varieties!)
- Mince tarts - make your own or order from Dench bakery
- Christmas Cake
- Black Forest Cake
- Tim Tam Cheesecake
- Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Coconut Cake
- Chocolate Raspberry Cake
Got your list? Now you’re ready to order!
You can reserve a delivery slot now, and edit your order all the way up to our Christmas cut-off dates:
- Wednesday December 19 - for centrepieces (turkey, ham, seafood)
- Saturday December 22 - for everything else