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Australia Day recipes

Hoping to host a true-blue Aussie shindig this January 26 but don't know where to start? Don't worry, we have you covered. From simple starters including sausage rolls and a classic damper right through to delicious pavlovas and fun Australia Day-themed desserts, all you need to complete your spread is right here. We also have recipes perfect for gathering your mates around the barbecue, great summer salads and a few cheeky alcoholic drinks to share too. Enjoy!

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    Crispy prawn balls

    Coated in a crispy bread and chive batter, these deep-fried beauties are the perfect way to kick off any summer menu. Serve with sweet chilli sauce and lime for the ultimate flavour explosion.

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    Mini vegemite and cheese scrolls

    Perfect for an after school snack or a tasty lunchbox treat - these cheese and vegemite embrace classic Aussie flavours in a delicious baked bread.

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    Easy sausage rolls

    Entertaining over the holiday break? Whip up a batch of these little beauties to feed a crowd.

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    Damper and dips

    Served with two simple dips, this homemade damper is a perfect accompaniment ... or make the damper as a stand-alone part of any family meal.

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    Quick and easy potato salad

    Potato salads are a timeless staple on Aussie Christmas spreads. Our recipe, with creamy greek-yoghurt and sour cream dressing, can be on the table in less than half an hour. Too easy!

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    Chicken, prawn and mango salad

    Freshen things up with this delicious and wholesome chicken, prawn and mango salad. Packed full of flavour and crunch, this is sure to become a family favourite!

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    Three cabbage slaw

    This zesty and fresh homemade cabbage slaw is the ultimate side dish for a big dinner spread. Packed full of texture and easy to make, this can be added to sandwiches and burgers for a delicious gourmet hit.

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    Barbecued vegetable salad

    Tossed in a fragrant marinade, this glorious barbecued vegetable salad is packed full of char-grilled eggplant, zucchini, asparagus and onions to create a brilliant side dish, perfect to go alongside roasted meat.

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    Aussie beef and shiraz pies

    An Australian icon, the humble Aussie pie is given a re-vamp worthy to serve to family and friends. A hot, tasty beef, shiraz and mushroom filling is encased in a flakey, golden pastry that will delight dinner guests.

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    Barbecue lamb kebabs

    These lamb kebabs are perfect for a lazy summer barbecue. The addition of a fresh mediterranean style tomato, olive and fetta salad completes the dish.

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    Tropical coconut pavlova stack

    This light pavlova, with fresh tropical fruits stacked between melt-in-your-mouth meringues, is the perfect dessert for entertaining this summer season!

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    Summer berry pavlova

    Australian family gatherings or celebrations wouldn't be complete without a pav, especially in the warmer months when all our favourite soft fruit is super-ripe and cheap. Or top with any fruit you like - banana, kiwifruit, mango or hulled cherries are all good alternatives.

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    Mango and passionfruit pavlova

    This iconic Australian dessert is made even more delicious with the addition of fresh tropical fruits. Whip up this gorgeous pavlova for a special occasion, birthday party or Christmas celebration.

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    Sugar and spice peach pavlova

    We're peachy keen on this sugar and spice pav! Topped with fresh peaches and pomegranate seeds, it's sure to be a hit this summer season.

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    White summer sangria

    Start your summer party the right (and easy) way with this crowd-pleasing cocktail. Our recipe for white wine sangria is so delicious and takes just five minutes.

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    Giant lamington

    The humble lamington is one of Australia's most well-loved desserts. This version creates a jumbo version of the tasty chocolate and coconut sponge, and stuffs it with fresh whipped cream and raspberry jam to produce a wonderfully sweet cake.

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    Australia Day biscuits

    These little iced thongs are the cutest thing ever to serve up this Australia Day.

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