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6 CEOs share their favourite Christmas recipes

·5-min read
Ross McEwan, Fred Schebesta and Maggie O'Carroll in circles on a background showing a wooden table with a hamper filled with Christmas themed food.
Ross McEwan, Fred Schebesta and Maggie O'Carroll are three of the six business leaders who shared their winning holiday recipes. (Source: Getty/Provided)

One of the most wonderful things about this time of the year is getting together with your loved ones and sharing some delicious food.

But if you’re thinking of mixing it up this year to bring something new to the table, Yahoo Finance asked some top business leaders and CEOs about their Christmas crackers.

Here are six great holiday recipes, from starters to desserts, that are sure to delight this year.

Ross McEwan - NAB CEO

RBS Chief Executive Ross McEwan arrives for the Royal Bank of Scotland AGM arrive for the Royal Bank of Scotland annual general meeting at RBS Headquarters in Gogarburn, Edinburgh. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ross McEwan, NAB CEO. (Source: Getty)

“Shopping local has never been so important”

Our family can’t go past Aussie lamb at Christmas. We keep things simple with a roast leg of lamb and crunchy potatoes sprinkled with fresh mint.

Jamie Oliver’s ‘Best Roast Leg of Lamb’ recipe is an easy one to follow. Victorians can get a top-notch cut from local producer Peter Bouchier.

Shopping local has never been so important. Aussies are set to spend between $50.8 billion and $53.6 billion in the six weeks leading up to December 25, and businesses are ready for a major boost. I’ll be doing my bit to support them.

Maggie O’Carroll - CEO The Women’s Organisation UK

Maggie O’Carroll, CEO The Women’s Organisation UK
Maggie O’Carroll, CEO The Women’s Organisation UK. (Source: Provided)

“It has that Christmassy, wintery, Santa Claus feel to it”

One of my favourite recipes for the festive season is salmon Gravadlax. It’s a really really beautiful dish that you can serve with some champagne for a fabulous brunch.

The best thing about it is that it’s so easy but at the same time looks really impressive and sophisticated as a centrepiece for a Christmas gathering. It’s a Nordic dish too so it has that christmassy, wintery, Santa Claus feel to it.

This particular recipe is one I’ve used many times and has been a real winner.

Alex Christou - Managing Director, Thrive Global APAC

Alex Christou - Managing Director, Thrive Global APAC
Alex Christou - Managing Director, Thrive Global APAC. (Source: Provided)

“Cooking can be an act of patience, mindfulness, an outlet for creative expression”

I rediscovered a passion for cooking to get through Melbourne’s COVID lockdowns.

It also means Christmas 2021 is all the more important as we gather with our extended families and friends for the first time in a very long time. And there’s no better way to bring people together than over a meal.

I find that when you intentionally cook a meal, you're working on something that's in your control, in a world that at times can feel out of control.

Cooking can be an act of patience, mindfulness, an outlet for creative expression, and a means of communication and exercising gratitude. You then get to enjoy it with the people you love most.

So on the menu this year, as pictured, is lamb cutlets with haloumi & walnut salad recipe.

It is lamb cutlets marinated in lemon thyme, oil and garlic on a bed of haloumi cheese, roasted walnuts and rocket with balsamic.

Oh, and tech is banned around our dining table. Disconnect from your devices and reconnect with your family and friends this Christmas Day.

Sam White - CEO Stella Insurance

Sam White - CEO Stella Insurance
Sam White - CEO Stella Insurance. (Source: Stella Insurance)

“It’s incredible, although very very naughty :)”

If I am to pick one standout recipe I’ll have to go for a dessert. My fiancé makes this every year and honestly, it’s incredible, although very very naughty :). It’s pretty easy to make, here’s what you need:

  • 2 sleeves of Oreo cookies

  • 2 bars of baking milk chocolate

  • Candy canes

  • 1/2 cup of butter

  • Parchment paper

Line the baking tray with parchment paper. Crush or blend the Oreo cookies. Mix in half cup of melted butter. Lay the crushed Oreo cookie mix flat on the parchment paper.

Melt the 2 bars of milk chocolate baking bars in a pan, stir constantly until fully melted.

Layout the melted baking chocolate on top of the Oreo mix.

Crush candy canes up into fine pieces and add on top of the melted milk chocolate.

Place the tray into the fridge overnight.

Once hardened, break up into pieces and serve.

Simple and delicious.

Fred Schebesta, Founder of Finder

Fred Schebesta is the co-founder of Finder.
Fred Schebesta is the co-founder of Finder. (Source: Provided)

"I always looked forward to my parents' pav"

I've always loved pavlova as a Christmas dessert.

When I was young, my parents would make the base or buy the base. They would whip cream with sugar and vanilla, and top it with strawberries, kiwi fruit, banana and passion fruit.

I never liked the other traditional Christmas desserts like pudding or trifle, I found them too rich and heavy. I always looked forward to my parents' pav.

Cath Whitaker, CEO Selfwealth

Cath Whitaker, CEO Selfwealth
Cath Whitaker, CEO Selfwealth. (Source: Provided)

“Yummy to eat throughout the festive period”

For me, Christmas is about friends, family and having fun with the kids.

So instead of spending hours labouring in the kitchen, I’d prefer to make fun food like Apricot Balls. No bake, kid friendly, and yummy to eat throughout the festive period.

Here’s all you need:

  • 1 cup of cut dried apricots

  • 1 cup of condensed milk

  • 1 cup of desiccated coconut

Mix together. Roll into tiny balls, cover in more coconut, and refrigerate for eight hours.

Delicious. And fun to make together.

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