Mix up the menu this xmas with these quirky meal ideas

6 December, 2019

Hands up who’s quietly excited about stuffing you’re their faces full on Christmas day! We’ll eat, sip boozy beverages and try our best to avoid annoying aunt Susan as she tells us about her love for crocheting for the 12th time. While we all love a traditional Christmas feast, why not mix things up this Christmas with these delicious dishes that are sure to impress your guests (just make sure you make enough for seconds…and maybe thirds!).

Seared Scallops with minted peas & broad beans

Living in Australia, our seafood is fresh, amazing and plentiful. Why not serve up some scrumptious seared scallops served with minted peas and beans for a gorgeous entrée that takes  moments to prepare (and devour).

What you’ll need

– 24 King scallops, shelled and cleaned
– 250g podded peas (used frozen peas for optimum ease)
– 300g podded broad beans
– 2 springs of thyme
– Small knob of butter
– Handful of mint leaves roughly chopped
– Olive oil
– Course sea salt
– Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle

How to make it
Bring a pot of salted water to the boil, pop in the peas and broad beans. Cook for around 3-4 minutes, drain and pop them in a bowl of ice cold water to cool. Drain and set aside. Grab a chopping board and sprinkle thyme leaves along with a tablespoon of course salt and chop finely. Use this mix to cover one side of each scallop.

Heat a large frying pan and add olive oil. Pan fry scallops four around a minute and a half on each side. Set them aside to quickly reheat your peas and beans.

Add a splash of water and a knob of butter to the same pan, and pop the veggies in. Heat for a minute or two and finally add your chopped mint leaves. Plate up and serve with a drizzle of olive oil. YUM-O!

Main Course
Garlic and Sage Steak with Broccolini and Asparagus

Tired of slaving over a giant hunk of meat on Christmas morning? Why not keep things simple (yet delicious) with an easy peasy steak and veggie dish that will not only keep you sane on Christmas day, but your guests will never guess just how simple this is to prepare! (Ps. You can use pork chops or chicken for this dish too!).

What you’ll need

– 4 large cuts of your favourite cut of steak (we love Scotch Fillet for this dish)
– 2 large bunches of asparagus
– 2 large bunches of broccolini

For the Mix
– 1 cup unsalted butter
– ¼ cup Sage leaves finely chopped
– 6 cloves of garlic (minced)
– ½ teaspoon of sea salt

Make the Mix
Combine all Mix ingredients in a bowl, cling film and leave it in the fridge until the mix has firmed up (1-2hrs is best).

Cook your steak in a hot griddle or on the BBQ and allow to rest once cooked to your liking.

Grab half the mix and put it in the same pan with the steak juices. Sautee your asparagus and broccolini in this delicious mix and cook to desired taste. And finally, add a spoonful of mix on each piece of steak (and drool as you watch the buttery goodness melt in). You can present this dish on a large grazing board in slices for all to share, or as individual plated meals.

What about dessert we hear you ask? An easy peasy sweet treat to finish your Chrissy meal.

Peppermint Bark Dip

What you’ll need:

– 1 block of cream cheese
– ¼ cup of granulated sugar
– ½ tsp peppermint extract
– 2 cups of whipped cream (after you’ve done the mandatory squirt into your mouth)
– ½ cup of crushed candy canes
– 1/3 cup of mini choc chips
– Any biscuit you choose for dipping (we love Oreos or shortbread for optimum deliciousness )

Make the Mix
Simply combine all ingredients together, mix and together, serve up and get ready to dunk your sweet biscuits in just as you would corn chips into salsa!

Christmas done and dusted, better still, you can find all these ingredients at Woolies!