Christmas recipes

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Cook an authentic Christmas delight with one of our top festive recipes

Everybody loves a good old Christmas meal, from roast turkey and all the trimmings to stollen, and from mince pies to eggnog. But how much do you know about other countries’ seasonal indulgences? Here we round up some of the top recipes from our worldwide sailing destinations, where climate and culture often produce unique traditions. Discover a new cultural treat, and see Christmas differently with Sunsail.


Lefkas and Athens, Greece

Lefkas: Spiced Christmas cookies in syrup

Crispy on the outside but soft and syrupy in the middle, these aromatic little biscuits, called "Melomakarona", are a classic Christmas snack. They fill the house with warming aromas of orange, honey, cinnamon and cloves. Just be careful not to overwork the dough, to stop the oil seeping out, and you’ll be sure of a festive hit. Find the recipe here.

Almond Snow Balls – Kourabiedes
Athens: Almond Snow Balls –Kourabiedes

A delicious, melt-in-the-mouth Greek sweet called “Kourabiedes”, these snowballs are sweet and crumbly, with crunchy toasted almonds and delicate rosewater. They certainly look the part, and have a suitably festive taste, too.

Find the recipe here.


Procida, Italy

Everybody knows that Italians love a good Christmas Panettone, but what other traditional foods do they eat at this time? Our Procida base told us all about struffoli.

Struffoli is a Neapolitan dish made of deep fried balls of dough about the size of marbles. Crunchy on the outside and light inside, struffoli are mixed with honey and other sweet ingredients. Recipe below:

6 eggs
6 tbsp. cooking oil
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup dry sherry
Shortening or oil for deep frying


Mix first 6 ingredients. Add enough flour to make a consistency to roll. Dough should be somewhat sticky. Shape into small balls, about 1/2 inch in diameter. Deep fry in oil or shortening until golden brown

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups honey
1 tbsp. orange zest

Mix all ingredients on low heat until sugar is dissolved. Dip each roll into mixture and remove.


Dubrovnik, Croatia

In Dubrovnik and across Croatia, the festivities kick off on Christmas Eve, with a popular dish of "bakalar" (dried cod). In certain towns, the municipal government even pays for a big street party where local residents can all congregate in the square to enjoy the traditional bakalar feast.


Tempted to try it yourself? You can find an excellent bakalar recipe here.



The locals in Belize like to celebrate Christmas, Caribbean-style, with white and black fruit cakes, similar to British variants but soaked in rum, and a special warming winter drink, rum popo.

Rum popo
Rum popo

Rum popo is a long-treasured Christmas tradition, offered by hosts to guests. Similar in concept to eggnog, it is a heady concoction of white rum, eggs, condensed milk and festive spices. Learn how to make it here.

Black fruit cake

The blak kayk is a fruit cake that is coloured black with burnt sugar; traditionally made at Christmas time. You can find an excellent recipe here. The fruit will need to soak in the rum and sugar for about a week ahead of baking.


Whitsundays, Australia

Christmas in Australia is all about seafood, cold drinks, beaches, and sailing in the sunshine. In terms of food, Aussies really like to lay out a spread: they often lay on feasts of prawns, turkey, chicken, pavlova, Christmas pudding and mince pies.

One uniquely Australian dish is called White Christmas. It is a brilliantly simple, no-bake sweet treat, packed with glacé cherries, raisins, coconut, and rice bubbles.

You can find the full recipe here.


Give it a Go

Hopefully that will have given you a taste for the different Christmas treats in some of our destinations. Why not try to cook a few for yourself?

To find out more about our MediterraneanCaribbean or South Pacific bases, head to our website, or give us a call on 03303321164.

Merry Christmas.

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