Eat Xmas - Food tips for Christmas Day

Your favourite foodies share their top tips for a stress free Christmas Day. 

Simon Johnson
Keep it simple, let the ingredients speak for themselves. Christmas is a time to celebrate family, good friends and great food. An antipasto platter can be prepared ahead to keep guests nibbling while you do a few last minute things in the kitchen. Keep lunch simple – great seafood is perfect for a hot Australian summer or a cold leg ham with a selection of condiments and a salad of greens. 

Maggie Beer
Enjoy a glass or two of icy cold Sparkling Ruby Cabernet whilst preparing lunch – always good to get celebrations underway. Try to plan your menu well ahead of time and create platters to share. Involve family and guests in preparing the meal as this time of year is all about bringing loved ones together and nothing is more important than family, friends and food. Maggie Beer Absolute Essentials – the perfect addition to your kitchen or a great present this Christmas. 

Pete Evans
My Christmas Day ritual is to get up early and go surfing, usually with my brother Dave. Chrissy Day is one of the most uncrowded times in the surf as everyone is at home opening their presents. Because of the early morning escape and the fact that I am always blessed with the cooking honours for the day (slave in other words) I like to make it all as simple and indulgent as possible. Complete the difficult tasks the day before so you can enjoy Christmas day and not be a captive in the kitchen. 

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David Jones HOME ‘Happy Christmas’ footed cake plate 28 cm $49.95, dip bowl with speader $19.95, heart shaped bowl $19.95, two division dish 24cm x 15cm $24.95, hardback placemats set of four $29.95, coasters set of four $12.95.