Christmas in July Menu

If you're wondering what to cook for Christmas in July, this menu plan has traditional Christmas food ideas incuding crispy pork, potato gratin, trifle and more. We've outlined all the recipes and timeline, taking the stress out of organising Christmas day.

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Christmas in July Menu Plan

This menu plan has step-by-step instructions and a daily timeline for everything you need to prepare a Christmas in July meal for 6-8 people. Print out this meal plan and recipes for a stress-free day where you can focus on family and friends! We recommend reading the plan and each recipe a week before your event to prepare.
Christmas in July Menu
Christmas in July Recipes:
Christmas in July menu timeline
One week before your event
  • Order meat, groceries and fresh produce for delivery or pick up three days before the event.
NOTE: Once your groceries have arrived, make sure they stay fresh. Refrigerate all fresh produce and chilled grocery items immediately. Click for tips for storing herbs. Remove meat from plastic packaging and place into clean sealable containers. Cover and refrigerate.
Three days before Christmas in July
  • Make snowmen and decorate. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Two days before Christmas in July
  • Make the gingerbread men and slabs. Cool and crumble slabs and decorate gingerbread men. Store in an airtight container.
  • Make dressing for pear and Brussels sprout slaw. Store in a screw top jar and refrigerate.
  • Roast and peel chestnuts for the green beans. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
One day before Christmas in July
  • Make the monkey bread dough. Brush with oil and cover. Refrigerate
  • Make the stuffing for rolled pork. Stuff and roll. Truss, cover and refrigerate. Prepare apples and rub with lemon juice to prevent browning OR make mustard, parsley and garlic butter for roasted eye fillet recipe. Trim and truss beef eye fillet; Cover and refrigerate.
  • Make and cook sweet potato and potato sage gratin. Cool, cover well and refrigerate.
  • Finely shred Brussels sprouts and chop radish. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Toast pine nuts, cool and place in airtight container.
Day of Christmas in July
  • Four hours before serving, whip cream and layer trifle. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Remove snowmen from refrigerator and leave at room temperature until ready to serve.
  • Cook rolled pork and make gravy. Rest pork before carving and serving.

  • Sear beef eye fillet and finish cooking in the oven. Rest and serve with mustard, parsley and garlic butter. Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the dishes.
  • Reheat potato gratin in a low oven (160°C) for 45-60 minutes. Cover with foil if top is browning too much. Serve hot.
  • Finish chestnut, bacon and green beans recipe. Keep warm until serving.
  • Peel and slice pears for pear and brussels sprout slaw and toss with remaining ingredients. Dress and serve in a salad bowl.
  • Roll, stuff and bake monkey bread. Prepare hot cheesy dip. Serve while still warm.
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