Christmas

Christmas crowd pleasers with a twist

10 fun ways to reinvent Christmas this year
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Christmas is all about food, and while we’d never say no to a traditional spread, there’s always room for a few twists and surprises to make the occasion even more special.

If you’ve got many mouths to feed, why not mix it up this year by serving some quirky Christmas crowd pleasers.

From secret ingredients to seasonal tipples, give your festive celebrations a refresh with these 10 Christmas Day-appropriate recipes, sure to surprise and delight your guests.

01

Crispy noodle cake pops

A fun alternative to serving cake, this dessert recipe is great for young family members who’ll want to be up from the table as soon as the meal is over, but not without the sweet stuff. The crushed-up noodles inside make a crunchy surprise.

02

Summer salad of peaches and blueberries

Taking advantage of the gorgeous stone fruit and berries in season, this festive salad will brighten up your Christmas table. Simply team your favourite summer fruit with creamy ricotta, fresh spinach leaves, basil and chilli for a unique side dish.

03

Christmas ham with hoisin sauce, orange and ginger glaze

A juicy ham-on-the-bone is a Christmas staple, but for an added flavour punch this recipe is a must-try. The classic orange and ginger flavours we associate with this time of year are brought to life by the sweet and salty tang of hoisin sauce, for a vibrant and sticky result.

04

Prawn cocktail platter

What’s an Australian Christmas spread without some fresh seafood? Re-invent an old favourite with this gourmet take on the classic prawn cocktail. It’s just like the original, only bigger and better.

05

Teriyaki sushi burgers

You can’t go wrong with steak, sushi and burgers… so why not have them all-in-one? Turn your Christmas into a Japanese feast with this fun and festive spin on a crowd-pleasing classic. These mini burgers are bite-sized balls of flavour, featuring favoured ingredients such as kewpie mayo, pickled ginger and Chang’s Japanese Teriyaki Sauce.

06

Classic Pimm’s punch

Forget eggnog, a true summer Christmas calls for a refreshing cocktail. Pimm’s is a gin-based liquor infused with liqueur, fruit juices and spices. We’ve added fresh fruit, fragrant mint and cooling cucumber to create a refreshing alcoholic punch, perfect for warm summer evenings. Make up a batch of this and your guests will thank you!

07

Chang’s chocolate spiders

Both kids and adults will get a kick out of these scrumptious treats that are not only great tasting, but super easy to put together. All you have to do is melt, stir, spoon and chill! Using only 3 ingredients, these chocolate spiders also make for a decorative Christmas table platter.

08

Spiced sweet potatoes with whipped chive butter

Baked vegetables are a staple of many families’ meals on Christmas Day. But instead of opting for your classic recipe, why not mix it up a little with a new, tangier spin on baked potatoes? The whipped chive butter works wonders with the cinnamon kick.

09

Chang’s Crispy Noodle Salad

All good Christmas spreads need a fresh side to balance things out. This refreshing salad combines zesty soy and sesame flavours with the crunch of fried noodles and nuts for a moreish dish that’ll have your guests coming back for seconds.

10

Christmas pudding cookies

Send your guests home with a beautiful box of homemade treats. These adorable Christmas pudding cookies make a great little gift packed in a pretty box and tied with a festive ribbon.

Brought to you by Chang’s.

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