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Christmas time is almost upon us! Here are some ideas for South African Christmas recipes for Christmas lunch or dinner, as well as some tasty treats to cook up before the big feast.

Christmas nibbles

 

1. Easy rum and raisin chocolate truffles

A quick, homely chocolate truffle recipe that’s so easy to make even your children can do it.
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2. Christmas santa-berries

These are adorable, delicious and super-easy to make. What’s better than decorations you can eat?

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Christmas santaberries

3. Festive sweet and savoury nuts

Easy to make and delicious to snack on at any Christmasssy moment.
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Festive sweet and savoury nuts

Christmas main dishes

 

4. Roast duck with honey-spice glaze 

If you’re of the opinion that Turkey is a place, not a meal, try this roast duck. Crispy skin, juicy meat, and it’s infused with the aromatic glory of Chinese five spice powder.

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Christmas roast duck with honey-spice glaze

5. Gammon with a sticky orange and ginger glaze

Combine that wholesome smoky flavour of gammon with this delicious sweet, spicy citrus and ginger glaze.
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6. Butterflied leg of lamb on the braai

Skip the turkey altogether and put a leg of lamb on the braai. Why not?
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Butterflied leg of lamb on the braai

7. Turkey on the braai with cashew nut stuffing

Our ed’s favourite Christmas recipe.
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Turkey on the braai with cashew nut stuffing

8. Crayfish and beef fillet

Add a bit of surf to your turf (roast) and mix things up a little by combining crayfish with your beef roast.
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9. Gammon with a pomegranate and pink peppercorn glaze

This elixir of pomegranate syrup, cherry juice and crunchy rosy-pink peppercorns is dead easy to make, and tastes sensational drizzled, warm and syrupy, over a gammon.
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Gammon with a pomegranate and pink peppercorn glaze

10. Mango and macadamia nut turkey stuffing

A must-try, albeit rather unusual, Christmas stuffing.
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Turkey on the braai with cashew nut stuffing

11. Bacon-wrapped apricot and macadamia nut stuffing balls for roast turkey

If you roll your eyes every year at the wodges of pallid, soggy stuffing that are scooped from the inside of  the Christmas turkey, here’s a recipe for you.
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Bacon-wrapped apricot and macadamia stuffing balls for roast turkey

12. Christmas gammon glazed with brandy and coke

Fancy incorporating a bit of Klippies en Coke into your Christmas feast?
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Christmas gammon glazed with brandy and coke

13. The perfect roast lamb

Not a fan of turkey or gammon? Try this delicious roast lamb, made with rosemary and garlic.
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14. Roast potatoes with biltong

To accompany your roast lamb, beef, turkey or glazed gammon make these uniquely South African roast potatoes with biltong.
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Roast potatoes with biltong

15. Shallot and brie tart tatin

This tart tatin is a delicious option for the vegetarians at the Christmas table.
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Shallot and brie tart tatin
And for Boxing Day lunch, here are some ideas for using up leftover gammon and turkey.

Christmas desserts 

16. Panettone pudding

Crispy top, gooey centre: bread and butter pudding made with Christmas-spiced Italian bread and a marmalade zing is a great addition to your Christmas table.

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panettone pudding

17. Tower of ice cream with berries and meringue

Why have ice cream in a bowl? Draw gasps of delight and excitement witha splendid tower of ice cream!
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18. Ice cream Christmas pudding

Christmas in South Africa is too hot for traditional Christmas pudding. Try this perfect southern hemisphere summer ice cream Christmas pudding instead.
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Ice cream Christmas pudding

19. Christmas mince pies

What’s Christmas without mince pies? This easy recipe will motivate you to make your own – so much better than the store-bought variety.
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Christmas mince pies

20. Christmas cookies

These Christmas cookies are the perfect festive treat to bake for your work colleagues, hairdresser, your kids’ teachers, and Santa Clause.
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Christmas cookies


21. Christmas ice cream cake with white chocolate and berries

With mushed up mince pies, crushed Crunchies, lots of cream, brandy AND a white chocolate casing, this could well be the ultimate Christmas pudding!
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Christmas ice cream cake with white chocolate and berries

22. Boozy, fruity Christmas trifle cake

Easy to make and can be prepared a day (or even two) in advance. Need we say more?
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23. Amarula malva pudding

If you love pudding but aren’t into candied fruits, bake an easy malva pudding with a boozy touch – it’s sure to please the whole family.
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Amarula malva pudding

24. Phyllo crackers with spicy plum filling

A spicy Christmas sweet treat.
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Phyllo crackers with spicy plum filling

25. Quick and easy chocolate and Amarula trifle

If you prefer chocolate to fruit and Amarula to sherry then you’ll love this boozy trifle.
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Quick and easy chocolate and Amarula trifle

26. Poached prune tart with red wine glaze

Another non-traditional Christmas dessert, this poached prune tart with a red wine glaze is the pudding to make if you’re putting on a sophisticated Christmas meal.
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Poached prune tart with red wine glaze

27. Rum egg nog

A delicious traditional Christmas tipple.
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Rum egg nog

 

Recipes by Jane-Anne Hobbs Rayner, Michelle Parkin, Meg de Jong, Sarah Duff and Cameron Ewart-Smith.

Photos by Jane-Anne Hobbs Rayner, Michelle Parkin, Meg de Jong.

Cover photo by Jane-Anne Hobbs Rayner.

 



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