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Quintessential QLD Summer Christmas BBQ

4 Dec 2014

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It’s a safe bet that any Christmas in Queensland is going to be inescapably hot and sticky. When you can’t beat the weather, enjoy it by cooking up a storm outside on the barbeque. With hundreds of kilometres of coastline, Queensland is a popular destination for fantastic, fresh produce and seafood. Here is a quick guide to creating the perfect Christmas barbeque using delicious local produce.

Incorporate some seafood to get tummies grumbling

Impress your family and friends with moreish garlic prawns to start off. This makes a fantastic entrée for hungry guests, as they take just 3-4 minutes to grill on the barbeque. You can even make your own subtle tartare sauce by combining ½ cup whole-egg mayonnaise, 1 small garlic clove crushed, 1 teaspoon of finely chopped capers, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of finely chopped dill and a pinch of salt and pepper. Other great seasonal seafood in Queensland includes:

·       Red emperor fish

·       Dogtooth tuna fish

·       Black marlin fish

·       Calamari (squid)

·       Prawns

Top Tip

Not all prawns are the same. It’s important to know which prawns will provide the best results for flavour and texture. For a Christmas meal, it’s usually safest to opt for king prawns or tiger prawns – both are generally at their best around late summer.

Go for a roast as the main

Sure, sausages are the go-to option for feeding a lot of people at one time, but if you want to do something a little bit different on the barbeque, go for a roast. Whether you choose pork, lamb or beef, everyone loves a good roast. Cut up your favourite veggies such as sweet potato, carrot, potato and capsicum and put them all on the barbeque to roast as well. Your guests will be clutching their cutlery in anticipation. When it comes to meat, you’ll have no trouble picking up a roast from your local supermarket.

 

Top Tip

The barbeque is the perfect appliance when it comes to creating roast food that is rich and full of flavour. From cooking a perfect steak to creating a full beef roast, you simply cannot create the same full flavour in the oven as you can on the barbeque.

Take advantage of the fresh seasonal produce with a fruit-filled dessert

Another great thing about Queensland – its ability to create delicious, sweet and juicy fruits that are bursting with flavour. It makes creating dessert that much simpler. Get crafty with your seasonal fruits such as mangoes, peaches, strawberries and grapes. Combine your favourite desserts to make something truly unique, like the mangomisu. Or just serve up a refreshing fruit salad with a dollop of fresh cream – it’s up to you! The fruits available during summer in Queensland include:

Mangoes

Strawberries

Peaches

Nectarines

Apricots

 

Top Tip

Unless you’re planning to cook your dessert on the barbeque, keep your fruit nice and chilled in the fridge until it’s ready be turned into your dessert or to be served on its own. This ensures the fruit remains chilled up until consumption, providing your guests with sweet relief from the heat.