Holiday Buffet Menu ideas for the Festive Season

Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart

These festive season holiday buffet menu ideas roundup features a few of the appetiser recipes, main course, easy cake recipes and delicious cookie recipes beloved by my family and friends over the festive season holidays.

These buffet menu recipes are suitable for Christmas, New Year, Eid, Easter or year end parties and many can be made ahead and completed on the day.

Holiday Buffet Menu ideas for the Festive Season

This video below is from the year end party I held for my staff two years ago, and included many of the items mentioned below.

 

Best holiday appetizers

Crayfish salad with avocado, red cabbage and cucumber

Crayfish salad

Crayfish salad with avocado, red cabbage and cucumber
This Crayfish salad balances the delicate flavor of crayfish, with the sweet and sour notes of the rice vinegar and stevia dressing and the crunch of red cabbage and cucumber, mellowed by the creaminess of ripe avocado.
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Crayfish salad with avocado, red cabbage and cucumber
Italian cured Meat and Cheese Platter (Antipasto board)
An Italian cured Meat and Cheese platter or Antipasto board is a quick first course or meal and includes cured meats, cheese, nuts, vegetables and bread.
Check out this recipe
Meat and Cheese platter
Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart appetizer
A sweet and savory tart with the subtle warmth of caramelised onions, the fragrance of figs, orange and sage and the crunch of walnuts.
Check out this recipe
Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart
Circassian chicken choux puffs
These Circassian chicken choux puffs have a filling of chicken and a sauce flavored with paprika, cumin, chili, garlic and thickened with ground walnuts.
Check out this recipe

Main course buffet menu ideas

Peri Peri Garlic Butter Prawn fry

Peri Peri Garlic Butter Prawn fry

Cape Malay Pepper Steak Pie
This home made Cape Malay Pepper Steak Pie is flavorful tender steak cubes in a rich onion and mushroom gravy between layers of buttery flaky pastry.
Check out this recipe
Slice of Cape Malay Pepper Steak Pie with pie tray in back
Slow Cooked Pulled Lamb shoulder
Slow cooked pulled lamb shoulder is melt in the mouth fall off the bone deliciously juicy tender meat cooked at a very low temperature. 
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Slow cooked pulled lamb shoulder
Finger licking Spicy Peri Peri Prawns fry recipe
This Spicy Peri Peri Prawns fry recipe is tangy fiery chilli laden goodness that will leave you craving more.
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Peri Peri Garlic Butter Prawn fry
Mouthwatering Chicken Akni recipe (chicken pulao)
Cape Malay Chicken Akni is simple comfort food of lightly spiced and fragrant perfectly cooked fluffy rice with chicken, potatoes and herbs.
Check out this recipe
Cape Malay Chicken Akhni
Chicken and mushroom pie
Chicken, mushroom and mixed vegetables in a creamy sauce between layers of flaky puff pastry.
Check out this recipe
Chicken and mushroom pie

Celebration cakes

Best Glazed Orange Bundt cake

Best Glazed Orange Bundt cake

Decadent Chocolate Cake with ganache frosting
This delicious decadent chocolate cake with ganache has a light, yet moist sponge and beautifully smooth and shiny chocolate ganache topping.
Check out this recipe
Chocolate cake with ganache
Spiced Boiled fruit cake
This old fashioned alcohol free spiced boiled fruit cake is a moist, dark rich fruit cake recipe that is delicious for afternoon tea or served with custard for dessert.
Check out this recipe
Spiced boiled fruit cake
Carrot and beetroot cake
Lightly spiced, moist and flavorful tender cake packed with carrots, beetroot and pecans and topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting.
Check out this recipe
Carrot cake and beetroot cake
Best ever moist Chocolate Slab Cake
The best ever moist chocolate slab cake has a chocolatey rich flavor with a deliciously fudgy buttercream icing that isn't too sweet to go for seconds. 
Check out this recipe
Moist chocolate slab cake
Best Glazed Orange Bundt Cake
This is the best glazed orange bundt cake and is delicious with hot or cold glaze, has a tender crumb and an exquisite fragrance.
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Orange cake
Gluten free Orange and Almond cake
This gluten free orange and almond cake is moist and flavorful and is made with whole oranges that have been simmered for two hours.
Check out this recipe
Orange and almond cake
Sinfully Moist Lindt Brownies with Nutella sauce
These sinfully moist cake style Lindt Brownies with Nutella sauce are rich and chocolatey and hits all the spots when you are in need of a bit of indulgence.
Check out this recipe

Best holiday cookies

Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies

Cranberry, macadamia and white chocolate cookies

Chocolate chunk pecan cookies
Chocolate chunk and pecan cookies that are perfectly chewy and melt in the mouth.
Check out this recipe
Chocolate Chunk Pecan Cookie and milk
Crispy Oat and Coconut Crunchie recipe
These Crispy Oat and Coconut Crunchies with golden syrup are the most delicious golden treat.
Check out this recipe
Crunchies - oat and coconut cookies
Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies
These festive Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies are packed with nuts, fruits and chocolate.
Check out this recipe
Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies
Pecan Snowball cookies
Melt in the mouth crumbly shortbread pecan snowball cookies rolled in confectioner's sugar.
Check out this recipe
Swiss butter cookies with pecans

Easy cold holiday desserts

Espresso Cookies and Cream mousse

Espresso Cookies and Cream mousse

Ambrosial No bake Strawberry Jelly Cheesecake Slice
This No bake Strawberry Jelly Cheesecake Slice is an uncomplicated recipe that results in a lush creamy dessert that's sets beautifully in the fridge.
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No Bake Strawberry Jelly Cheesecake Slice
Peppermint Crisp Caramel Mousse
Peppermint Crisp Caramel Mousse is a decadent dessert with layers of chocolate coconut flavored cookies, caramel cream, banana and mint chocolate.
Check out this recipe
Caramel Peppermint Dessert
Whipped Yogurt Mousse with jelly and evaporated milk
This refreshing and light but luxurious whipped yogurt mousse is studded with fresh fruits and elevated by the addition of whipped evaporated milk and fresh cream.
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Pineapple mousse
Red fruit salad with rose scented cream
Red fruit salad with sweet ripe strawberries, grapes, plums and cherries topped with a delicious rose water scented greek yogurt cream
Check out this recipe
Red fruit salad with rose water scented cream 2
Deliciously decadent Espresso Cookies and Cream Mousse
This deliciously decadent Espresso cookies and cream mousse dessert is a coffee infused lush pudding that will have you licking your lips after every taste. 
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Espresso Cookies and Cream mousse

Easy warm holiday desserts

Cape Malay Stewed Dried Apricot and Peach compote

Cape Malay Stewed Dried Apricot and Peach compote

Cape Malay Potato pudding recipe
Potatoes get a new lease on life in this Cape Malay Potato Pudding recipe with hints of almond extract, cardamom and cinnamon and is delicious with stewed dried peaches or without.
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Cape Malay Potato Pudding with stewed dried fruit
Cape Malay Stewed Dried Apricot and Peach compote
Delicious Stewed Apricot and Peach compote made with dried fruits instead of fresh, is delicious served with yogurt for breakfast, with custard for dessert or as a garnish on baked puddings.
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Cape Malay Stewed Dried Apricot and Peach compote
Brioche bread and butter pudding
Traditional bread and butter pudding using brioche, and flavored with cinnamon and cardamom for flavor.
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Brioche bread pudding

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    jk
    December 5, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Everything here looks so good. I always need lots of inspiration to prepare my holiday menus. Looks like I’ve found the right place.

  • Reply
    Nicole Escat
    December 4, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Caramelized onion sounds really great, thanks! Your blog is so nice, I find so many food ideas here.

  • Reply
    Miljana
    December 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Amazing recipes! Looking delicious, but also good for the eyes! 🙂 So helpful!

  • Reply
    Erik the Hungry Traveller
    December 4, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Oh my gosh you provided a lot of food options I could die of food comma! Im very interested to make the pepper steak pie and the desserts all look divine!

  • Reply
    Melanie Walsh
    December 3, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    The holidays are all about what I’m eating! These recipes all look like they’ll be delightful additions to our celebrations. Dessert is my favorite, so I’m so glad there are lots of options.

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    Laura
    December 3, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    These recipes look amazing and just what I need. Thank you x

    Laura

  • Reply
    Kiwi
    December 3, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Feasting for the holidays. I love a good buffet and looks like a lot of options.

  • Reply
    Sundeep
    December 3, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Thanks for sharing so many options. This festive season I am going to try few new dishes and trust me I never tried Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart appetizer I am going to try this for sure. Recipe looks easy and doable

  • Reply
    Rosey
    December 3, 2019 at 7:44 am

    That steak pie recipe would make my grown kids happy. There are good choices here.

  • Reply
    Cityrocka Perry
    December 2, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you! Your blog post feels like a gift. All of these wonderful recipes are going to be put to good use for sure and everything looks so super yummy indeed 🙂

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