Is pork belly the new Christmas turkey? (And other surprising Google Christmas recipe trends)

Adam Liaw's roast crackling pork with mustard gravy and summer fruit chutney.
Adam Liaw's roast crackling pork with mustard gravy and summer fruit chutney. Photo: William Meppem

The party-season prosecco may still be chilling, and Trump may still think he won the US election, but it's not too early to call some interesting trends in Christmas recipe search habits, based on results supplied by Google. Has turkey taken a tumble and does trout finally get a shout out? Here's what we know so far. 

Pork belly may be the new turkey
The most searched savoury Christmas recipe so far is 'Xmas pork belly recipe'. Have people realised turkey is a one-trick pony, good for only one day of the year (and even that's questionable), while pork belly, with its simultaneously juicy, soft and crunchy qualities, is the meaty gift that keeps giving every day of the year? Whatever the reason, I'm here for it.  And here's 40 perfect pork belly recipes to save from having to google it yourself. . 

We're getting ready to fire up the barbie this Christmas.
We're getting ready to fire up the barbie this Christmas. Photo: William Meppem

We're fired up about the Christmas barbecue
The second most searched term so far is 'BBQ Christmas recipes'. Unfortunately we didn't get to do much barbecuing last summer because the air was often smokey and the bushfire risk too high, but with this year's Covid-conscious shift to gathering outdoors instead of in, there is no better time to worship thy backyard barbie. Here's 50+ barbecue recipes to get your juices flowing. 

We're keen on a vegan Christmas
After 'best Christmas ham' and 'best Christmas turkey' recipe (we've got multiples of both, since you're asking), the good googlers of Australia are looking for 'Vegan breakfast recipes for Christmas'. Personally I find a glass of champers and some decadent egg dish smothered in smoked salmon is a grand way to kick off the big day, but to each their own. There would be far worse ways to start Christmas day than with a stack of these vegan pancakes with aquafaba, harissa, roasted leeks and smoked almonds, it is true. 

A shout out to trout
Among the top 10 most-searched Christmas recipes were 'Christmas trout recipes', 'Cold seafood platter' and 'Crumbed prawn recipe'. Yes, at Christmas we really do like to seafood and eat it. Lots of it. Shout out to trout for finally getting some festive love. With recipes like Kylie Kwong's Newspaper roasted ocean trout with black bean and ginger vinaigrette and Karen Martini's Citrus-cured ocean trout it's easy to see why. As for crumbed prawns, RecipeTin Eat's Crispy Thai coconut prawns is the only recipe you'll ever need. And here's some more special seafood recipes you might want to bookmark in case, like me, you just can't get enough. 

Karen Martini's Citrus cured Sichuan crusted ocean trout with sesame mayonnaise.
Karen Martini's Citrus cured Sichuan crusted ocean trout with sesame mayonnaise. Photo: William Meppem

The savoury Christmas recipes Australian's have Googled the most through November:

  • BBQ Christmas recipes
  • Baked Christmas ham recipes
  • Best Christmas turkey recipe
  • Vegan breakfast recipes for Christmas
  • Christmas trout recipes
  • Cold seafood platter
  • Crumbed prawn recipe
  • Smoked Christmas ham recipe
     

(source: Google)