If you’re eyeing the summer heat with a little dread, thinking of the hot, stuffy Christmas kitchen ahead, we don’t blame you! Why not pack up the family for a road trip, instead, and come sample the farm-fresh flavours the skilled chefs at Saragossa Game Reserve will be putting on the table? It’s a delectable feast indeed- and with boundless views of the waterhole and wildlife lying just outside, we can think of no more perfect way to celebrate a truly African Christmas.
What awaits you at Saragossa’s Christmas table?
This festive season, with a heat wave making its sticky presence felt, we’ve decided to keep it light, bright and tasty, making full use of the succulent fresh ingredients grown at our farm.
Start the festivities off right
Kick off your celebratory feast Saragossa style with your choice of two light, tasty starters. Indulge your senses with a trio of pates- traditional turkey, classic chicken and rich aubergine- served with a delicate kumquat preserve made right here in the lodge kitchens. Flaky homemade crostini will round out the package.
Or keep it cool with our flavoursome chilled watermelon soup, bringing you every South African’s favourite summer fruit into a taste explosion you’ll be sorry to miss.
Magnificent mains to tantalise your taste buds
Smoked trout has long been a Christmas classic- but we bet you’ve never had it with this unique Saragossa twist. Lovingly served with our spicy grape pickle, this is one where you’ll want to take the recipe home too.
If you want an even more traditional dish, then try the apple and pecan stuffed pork roast instead. Deliciously accompanied by fresh applesauce, it’s a revived take on a Christmas classic you’ll adore.
Fill up with salads, pies and delicious sides
Of course, that’s far from the only fare that will be gracing the table. Tuck into our rosemary roast potatoes, load up on a traditional fattoush salad or our simply divine broccoli, pineapple and almond salad, or get bold and daring with a beer-braised beef pie drizzled in gravy. There’s plenty of fresh veggies lovingly prepared (and straight from the farm), and you’re sure to love our mixed greens smothered in a tangy herb dressing. Round it off with home-baked bread ‘til you burst!
There will also be a charming selection of cheeses, preserves and pickles to enjoy as you recover afterwards.
Save room for dessert!
Whatever you choose, however, be sure to save room to indulge at the dessert buffet! Choose from festive petit fours, red velvet blinis with a heavenly cream cheese stuffing, and a traditional date pudding drowning in butterscotch sauce. Or let your inner child out to play, and enjoy a home-churned ice cream with all the trimmings you could imagine.
Why work hard on Christmas day? Come join the fun at Saragossa Game Reserve instead, and experience the very best of farm-fresh produce in some of the most beautiful surroundings you’ll ever see?