In the land of the long white cloud, we do Christmas a little differently than in the movies.
Snow is replaced with sand, and crackling fires are replaced with a smoking BBQ. The hot summer weather is more conducive to a fruit salad than a full-on festive feast – although plenty of households do manage to rise to the occasion with tables laden with traditional food!
Here at Twisted Citrus, it should come as no surprise that we love nothing more than a delicious, fruit-filled dish at any time of year.
From traditional fruit salads and trifles to some more modern feasts, get inspired with our top fruity Christmas dishes. Here they are...
Fruity Christmas Stuffing
Let’s face it, often, the stuffing inside the chicken or turkey is more mouthwatering than the bird itself. With this meat-free, fruit-based stuffing, you can forego the foul and just serve up a big plate of stuffing on its own!
Featuring cranberries, figs, almonds and apples (or your own Xmas version), this is sure to be a new family favourite.
Traditional Christmas lunches call for a roast bird. If you can’t quite face the hours required to cook a Turkey, what about settling for a chicken instead. And, you can jazz it up with a fruity twist and make our delicious Roasted Lemon Chicken.
Whether it ends up on the Christmas table or at the beach a couple of days later, this salad is the perfect compromise on the roast meal. All the traditional feel of a roast, but served cold and with a fresh twist.
Try our Mandarin and Roasted Veg Salad.
The fruit salads of our childhood were pretty much cans of watery fruit tipped into a bowl – nothing to write home about! But fruit salad is one of the most versatile, easy, and healthy Christmas dishes you can imagine.
Your choices are endless, so just throw in the fruits you love and you will be away laughing!
Beginner tips: leave the bananas out or the whole dish will only taste like banana. Don’t prepare it too far in advance – the fresher the better. And if you do use canned or frozen fruit (you really shouldn’t need to with the plethora of fresh, delicious fruit in season!), make sure you drain the liquid well to avoid the dreaded fruit-soup.
Christmas Fruit Balls
Need some snacks to tide you over until the big Christmas lunch or dinner? Christmas fruit balls are festive, healthy, and yum – and fully customisable!
Forget those store-bought "mince" tarts from the supermarket. Half your guests won't like them anyway! Impress everyone with a homemade fruit tart laden with fresh berries or chocolate. These free-form styles are easy to make and can be topped with your favourite fruits.
Apple and Sausage Filo Rolls
As much as we love dessert, there needs to be a bit of savoury balance on the table too. Forego the traditional sausage rolls and offer up these fruity variations. We reckon you’ll need to make a double batch because they will be snatched up so quickly.
We can’t leave out one of the most traditional fruity Christmas dishes of all! There’s just something about this spongey-custardy-creamy-fruity concoction that feels oh so naughty. Make it as healthy – or as decadent – as you choose.
The Perfect Side Dish
Every good meal needs a dip or a hummus to accompany it. Or even just to eat as an afternoon snack with some crackers or delicious fresh bread. You will not be able to stop eating our Spicy Avocado Hummus this summer.
Don’t Forget The Drinks!
Summer days get awfully hot and a great way to cool down is to have a tall, chilled drink. Try some of these variations…
Mojito Melon Kabobs
And last but not least, certainly not a traditional dish, but one that the grown-ups are going to appreciate year after year…
These alcohol-soaked and mint-infused fruit kabobs are a refreshing and fun snack. Just be sure to keep them out of reach of the kids!