Celebrate Australia with an Aussie-Inspired Menu

Having helped Aussies stay happy and healthy for more than 20 years, Herron loves to celebrate being Australian, and there’s no better way to do it than with a delicious Aussie meal. Use these fabulous true blue Aussie recipes – a mix of the traditional and the modern – to inspire your public holiday feast this week.

1. Starters

Whet your guests’ appetites with one of these starters, featuring some of the stars of Australia’s wildlife.

Kangaroo Sausage Rolls

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This gourmet sausage roll recipe complements the lean, gamey flavour of kangaroo mince with a spicy salsa verde to create moist and meaty parcels that your family and friends will love. The filling is encased in flaky shortcrust pastry, which can be purchased ready-to-use from the store. After assembling the rolls, cut them into bite-sized pieces before baking. You can also use the salsa verde as a side dish for vegetables, salads, or meat-based mains such as roasts.

BBQ Prawn Skewers

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Using just six ingredients, this recipe from popular site Mouths of Mums offers a simple way to make delicious, flavoursome prawn skewers. Coat the prawns in a fragrant garlic-chilli-lime sauce and allow to marinate overnight before threading them onto bamboo skewers. Once the prawns are barbecued for just two minutes on each side, serve in bowls or tins filled with rock sea salt for novel presentation.

2. Mains

Make your mains extra special by serving this traditional roast lamb dish with a side of potato cubes. Or, if you’re in the mood for something a little different, surprise your guests with some Vegemite spaghetti!

Roast Lamb Shoulder with Mint and Basil Pesto and Crisp Roast Potato Cubes

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What could be more Aussie than some traditional roast lamb and potatoes? This tantalising roast lamb shoulder recipe from the blog Sarah Cooks requires just some mint and basil pesto of your choice and a lamb shoulder. Rub the lamb shoulder with the pesto before roasting and your main meal is taken care of. To accompany the roast lamb, bake some potato cubes until they’re crispy and golden brown. Together, these two recipes require just five ingredients.

Vegemite Spaghetti

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Pasta is probably one of the most popular everyday dishes in Australia. Turn your average spaghetti dish into something truly memorable and distinctly Australian – by adding some Vegemite. This recipe, originally by Nigella Lawson, has been adapted by blogger Anna of the Shenannagans blog. The Vegemite is used to flavour the cheese, onion, and mushroom pasta dish rather than to overpower it, so you and your guests could find this a delicious recipe to try out even if you’re not the biggest fan of Vegemite.

3. Desserts

Round out your Australian feast with some lamingtons or mango lassi ice blocks.

Lamingtons

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A light sponge cake covered in delicate chocolate icing and rolled in desiccated coconut, the lamington has long been an iconic Australian treat. This recipe from blog Create Bake Make uses a generous serving of butter and eggs for a truly decadent sponge cake. Useful tips such as sifting the flour three times and leaving the cake for 24 hours before icing will help you avoid a crumbly lamington and achieve a smoother result.

Mango Ice Blocks

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Mangos are in season during January, so another option for your Aussie Day dessert is this incredibly simple mango lassi ice block recipe from food blog Tiffin Bite Sized. A tropical, nutritious dessert, this will leave you feeling refreshed rather than heavy after a big meal, and it uses just four ingredients – passionfruit yoghurt and mango as the base and cardamom powder for the lassi flavour. Simply blend and freeze for at least four hours, and you’ll have a delightful, unusual dessert ready to serve.

4. Cocktails

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These Australia-themed cocktails by lifestyle blog Mr and Mrs Romance use traditional Aussie ingredients such as beer, Dead Man’s Drop black spiced rum, and an Australian bush berry spiced syrup.

  • The Aussie Sailor –What’s more Australian than enjoying an ice cold beer? Even those who don’t love beer will enjoy this drink. Use a good quality Aussie beer such as Coopers Ale to create this tasty beer cocktail. Other featured ingredients include pineapple juice, rum, lychee liqueur, and aperol.
  • Aussie Spiced Rum Sour – This recipe uses Dead Man’s Drop black spiced rum from the Bathurst-based Stone Pine Distillery to create a complex, rich, and delicious cocktail. Other ingredients include lemon juice, syrup, egg white, and chocolate bitters.
  • Aussie Dark and Stormy – This recipe improves on the classic Dark and Stormy rum cocktail by adding several Aussie twists, including a local golden rum and Aussie apple cider instead of ginger ale or ginger beer. The result is a delicious sweet, sour and fizzy cocktail with serious appeal.

Enjoy!

With these easy, delectable recipes at your fingertips, it’s easy to create a delicious Aussie-themed feast to celebrate this great country.

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