A savvy Guide to Christmas Recipes: Spendy vs. Savey

A savvy Guide to Christmas Recipes: Spendy vs. Savey

Christmas is a time of celebration, and it's easy to get carried away with spending, whether it's on lavish gifts or extravagant feasts. But fear not, fellow holiday revellers. We're here to help you strike the perfect balance between being spendy and savey when it comes to your Christmas recipes. Let's explore some scrumptious yet budget-friendly culinary delights to make your holiday season merry AND wallet-friendly.

Dessert Delights

For many of us, the star of the Christmas meal is dessert, and you can go all out without draining your bank account. If you're a dessert enthusiast, you can choose to go spendy with a decadent White Chocolate and Tropical Trifle. This luscious treat is a true showstopper, featuring layers of white chocolate mousse, tropical fruits, and sponge cake. It's a feast for the eyes and the taste buds.

However, if you're more inclined to be a little savvier with your dessert, consider the Polish Celebration Tort. Available in both mini and large cake sizes, this traditional Polish dessert is light and airy, but the best part is that it won't leave your wallet feeling lighter. Plus, you can easily scale it up or down based on how many people you’re catering for, to minimise food waste, making it a sustainable choice for your holiday table.

Magnificent Mains

When it comes to the main course, your choice of meat can significantly impact the budget. For those who want to go all out, the spendy option is a Roast Porchetta with Fig Macadamia Stuffing. The porchetta, with its crispy skin and succulent pork, is a show-stopper, and the fig macadamia stuffing adds an extra layer of indulgence.

On the flip side, if you want to save a bit while still enjoying a delicious main course, consider a Roast Pork with Sage and Cranberry Stuffing. Using a cheaper cut of pork, this option is both affordable and delectable. The bright flavours of the stuffing ensures your Christmas meal doesn't compromise on flavour, even if it's friendlier to your wallet.


Seafood Sensation

Seafood is often a holiday favourite, and it doesn't have to break the bank. If you're in the mood to splurge, Darren Robertson’s Scallops & Prawns with XO Butter is an elegant choice. The XO butter adds a touch of luxury, and the combination of scallops and prawns is sure to impress your guests.

For a more budget-conscious seafood option, consider the Smoked Salmon Mousse. You can create a decadent-tasting dip to feed a crowd so you can enjoy the taste of luxury without splurging on heaps of seafood.

Smoked salmon mousse

Breakfast Bliss

Christmas morning calls for a special breakfast, and you can choose to go spendy or savey here as well. If you're leaning toward indulgence, opt for a Smoked Salmon Brioche. It's a luxurious way to start the day, and the combination of smoked salmon and buttery brioche is a true delight.

On the other hand, if you're watching your budget, a Dutch Baby Pancake is a perfect choice. This simple breakfast dish is made with basic ingredients like eggs, milk, flour, and sugar, but it's incredibly versatile. Top it with sweet or savory toppings to suit your preferences without overspending.



In the world of Christmas recipes, there's something for everyone, whether you're in the mood to splurge or save. By balancing spendy and savey options, you can create a festive meal that's both delicious and easy on your wallet. So, go ahead and choose the dishes that make your heart and budget sing. Whether you opt for the extravagant or the affordable, you're guaranteed to have a very merry Christmas. Cheers to scrumptious and budget-friendly celebrations!