Having guests over at Christmas time can be a hectic experience. Follow these five tips to stay on top of the task and enjoy the occasion.
1. Keep it simple
This is the key to yuletide success, don’t do too much and fewer things are likely to go wrong! Keep dishes simple and hearty, after all Christmas lunch is all about family, friends and plenty of tasty food! It really does help when there is quality Australian produce on the menu, as that means very little effort is needed to make it taste great! To be sure that the produce is some of the best Australia has to offer, look for the Australian Food Awards medal on the label.
2. Be organised
Time is of the essence when cooking for a lot of guests. Be sure to get a jump on things by preparing in advance where time permits, such as peeling vegetables, preparing salads or making sauces, dressings, or gravy. Buy yourself some extra time when your guests arrive by putting out a cheese plate to keep them occupied. Check out our top tips on how to put together the perfect cheese platter.
3. Welcome your guests with a festive drink
Get your guests into the festive spirit by offering them a fun welcome drink on arrival. The classic Kir Royale can be prepared ahead of time by pouring 15ml of award-winning Marionette dry Cassis into a champagne flute and topping it up with cold sparkling wine when guests arrive.
4. Perfect wine pairing
Pairing wine with food is a task that can have a few people scratching their heads in confusion. Here at Winning Tastes, we believe that the best pairings is simply what you like best. However, if you’re looking for more traditional pairings, here are a few to point you in the right direction.
Turkey – Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA) gold medal winning Thomas Vineyard ‘Shirazamataz’ sparkling Shiraz, is a perfect accompaniment to the delicious golden turkey on the lunch table. Think juicy red fruit and cleansing bubbles to cut through the rich gravy drenched turkey.
Ham – Sweet glazed Christmas ham calls for a beautiful dry Riesling to balance out the sweet and salty party in your mouth. Try the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards Best Riesling from Eddystone Point in Tasmania. The 2018 vintage is fresh, fragrant, full of citrus notes and crisp acidity.
Seafood – Seafood is a summer Christmas staple. Hand peeled prawns, oysters on the half shell, curly calamari, these tasty delicacies are begging to be washed down with a cold glass of Australian sparkling. Royal Melbourne Wine Awards silver medallist, Coldstream Hills 2014 Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay makes a perfect partner to these sweet and briny morsels, with its citrus characteristics.
5. Yummy leftovers
The fun doesn’t need to stop when the guests leave. Get creative with the leftovers to make an easy delicious meal for the family! A favourite of ours is ham and lentil soup made from the meat and bones of Christmas ham and Wits End Humble Hurricane red lentils. Served with a dollop of Dijon mustard and award-winning bread, this soup will have you energized and ready to do it all again!