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A sharey Christmas
After months of lock-down and limits to our celebrations with family and friends, Christmas this year will be extra special – even though we will do things a little differently.
Gather round the table with your loved ones, sharing stories and special memories. Don’t slave over a hot oven – keep things nice and simple in the kitchen with a range of sharing platters and fresh salads. Linger over a long lunch or dinner without having to leave the table!
As well as a generous variety of cheese and cured meats, use seasonal produce to make your antipasto platter more visual – think summer stone fruits, cherries, green almonds, raspberries and figs. Add some height and dimension with different sized bowls and ramekins, which also make store-bought dips look homemade – try hummus, baba ganoush, pesto and beetroot.
Placing different colours next to each other will make your platter stand out...especially on Instagram! Pair rich, red sundried tomatoes against soft creamy brie and green grapes next to prosciutto.
Looking for inspiration on how to layout your cheese board? Checkout Coles' best-ever cheese board guide.
The perfect side dish can really pull a meal together. Whether they are baked or tossed, raw or sautéed, they all play their part. When done right they can even become the star of the show!
Salads are fresh and versatile – we recommend serving two or three to cater for everyone’s tastes. The humble Garden Salad is sure to please the little ones and by adding seasonal fruit, nuts or fresh herbs, it gives it a twist for the adults around the table. The watermelon and fetta salad can be a good idea for a colourful-fresh dish. Place sides in large bowls or platters and label each dish with a festive tag to identify ingredients for those with any dietary considerations. If you are planning on preparing Asian dishes, Yifan Asian Grocery store is your one stop Asian marketplace selling an assortment of traditional, fresh and packaged foods.
If you are having a traditional roast dinner for Christmas, a mix of hot and cold vegetables makes things a bit more interesting, especially for vegetarians and vegans. Combine roast veggies with fresh baby spinach and shaved fennel to lighten them up, which is especially welcome on a hot summer’s day.
Use that BBQ! Corn, halloumi, asparagus, eggplant, pineapple and even peaches can all be lightly chargrilled to add a smokey, summer note. Simply pile them high on individual platters so your guests can build their own salad.
Why not try something a little different on the BBQ this summer – Grilled Cos and Asparagus Salad
For a perfect festive feast try the Easy cherry glazed ham recipe from Coles that everyone is guaranteed to love!
Make your dessert platter bright and beautiful with a range of delicious sweet treats! Place large items such as pieces of rocky road, brownies and fruit tarts on opposite sides of the platter. Then fill the gaps with individually wrapped lollies, gingerbread cookies and chocolate. Add some fresh strawberries and a jar of Nutella for dipping and watch it slowly disappear…!
For more sweet recipes, check Cole's Make-ahead Christmas desserts recipes.
If you're looking for the perfect sweet beverage to accompany the platter, why not try one of Betty's Burgers famous concretes; made from delicious rich and creamy frozen ice cream - yum! Or a delicious ice-cream and bubble tea from SevenTea Two.
For more sweet and savory Christmas recipes, visit your ultimate Christmas guide recipe and shop all your ingredients from Coles.
To make sure you and your guests maintain high levels of hygiene, provide everyone with their own set of Christmas-themed tongs and individual plates. You could also consider making individual mini grazing plates for each person.
Have fun and don’t forget to take a photo before everything is devoured!