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Jerk Turkey Recipe with Stuffing and Gravy

Festive recipes from around the world

Published: November 26, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Try these vibrant recipes from around the world to celebrate the festive season, including jerk turkey, a colourful curry and an indulgent honey cake

Looking for new Christmas dinner ideas to bring some fresh flavours to your plate? Branch out this Christmas and start some new traditions, starting with the dinner table and our festive recipes from across the globe.


Try our delicious recipes below, then why not try our best Christmas market recipes? Bring the flavours of your favourite stalls to your kitchen, from sweet lebkuchen to a warming mug of glühwein. Serve up our best Christmas cocktails with your meal for a final festive touch. After, take a look at our four festive entertaining ideas for more inspiration.

Christmas recipes from around the world

Caribbean rum cake

This decadent and boozy cake from Caribbean chef Keshia Sakarah is fed with spiced rum and traditionally served during the festive season.

Gold jug pouring rum onto a CAribbean rum cake on a crystal cake stand

Indonesian pandan, raspberry and white chocolate blondies

Pandan and raspberries give a colourful and festive edge to these blondies, while the tartness offsets the sweet white chocolate perfectly.

Indonesian Pandan Blondies with fresh raspberries

Nepali spiced fruit and nut tart

Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger give this nutty tart a real festive edge. With a kick of spiced rum, it's a grown-up dessert that's perfect for Christmas.

Nepalese tart on a green table with tealights surrounding

Mexican chocoflan

This festive flan cake, featuring chocolate, caramel and cinnamon, is known as 'flan imposible' and combines two popular Mexican desserts.

Mexican Chocoflan Recipe on a platte with a gold serving knife

Crispy pork wontons

Crunchy and hot with a sweet and tangy sauce, these crispy wontons were always a part of the festive season at Emily and Amy Chung's Chinese-Burmese childhood home. These crispy bites are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Crispy pork wontons on a table with chopsticks and a bowl of dipping sauce

Jerk Christmas turkey with stuffing and gravy

Give your Christmas centrepiece a punch of spice with this alternative turkey recipe from Caribbean cooking duo Original Flava.

Jerk Turkey Recipe with Stuffing and Gravy

Burmese chicken pilaf

A fragrant chicken pilaf, danbauk is served at countless celebrations in Burma. This recipe comes from MiMi Aye, a chef, author and host of the Burmese Food & Beyond supperclub. This spiced sharing dish is ideal for feeding the whole family.

A huge pan full of roast chicken thighs and rice with side dishes all around it

Korean galbi jjim

“These savoury-sweet soy-braised beef ribs are a great example of family tradition and celebration,” says recipe author Su Scott. Melt some cheese on top of left-over meat to make the best sandwich with pickles, herbs and your favourite chilli sauce.

Galbi jjim (Korean soybraised beef short ribs)

Antiguan ducana

Evolving from Ghanaian ‘dokono’, this celebratory Caribbean dish calls for cornmeal, pumpkin or sweet potato, raisins and fresh spices, sweetened with sugar and coconut, then wrapped and steamed inside banana leaves.

Antiguan ducana

Russian honey cake

Check out our impressive Russian-inspired cake recipe with moreish burnt-honey icing. This layer cake takes a bit of effort to make but it's the perfect cake to show off to friends and family for a special occasion.

Russian Honey Cake Recipe


Gravadlax is a show-stopping centrepiece for a festive spread. Making this Scandi classic is easier than you think with step-by-step help from olive's test kitchen.


Lamb curry with chana dal

Nik Sharma's lamb and chana dal curry is a delicious one-pot dish that really tastes great with some rice or bread, a little salad, and a bit of creamy yogurt. Scoop up a symphony of flavours and let guests help themselves.

A pan of lamb curry with lime wedges on the side


Baumkuchen is a cake of German origin, popular at Christmas, particularly in Japan. It’s also known as ‘tree cake’ due to the rings visible in the cake when you cut into it. Traditionally, baumkuchen is made on a spit over a fire, which creates the classic rings and hole in the middle. However, this version by Hannah Miles can be easily made under the grill in a ring pan – it tastes just as wonderful.

Spiced Rum Bamkuchen Cake Recipe - layered german christmas cake covered in chocolate glaze and white chocolate lines


Honey-sweetened German treats spiced with cinnamon and ginger, lebkuchen are famously festive biscuits. Bake a batch this winter to really get into the Christmas market spirit. They also make delicious homemade gifts, box some up for soe thoughtful treats.

A plate of shaped biscuits with white icing on top, set on a wire rack

Classic stollen

This gently spiced, festive German bake is bursting with dried fruit and marzipan, classic Christmas flavours. A great homemade gift or afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of tea.

Christmas stollen on a wooden board with a Christmas tree miniature and decorations on the side

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