This coming April 25 marks the 104th anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War 1. We all love to celebrate Anzac Day and although the celebrations will be severely curtailed this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there’s no reason not to crank up the barbie and chill out for the day with the family.
If that sounds like your style, here are our top 10 awesomely good BBQ recipes to help you celebrate.
1. Prawns with buttermilk dressing and celery salad
What’s a barbie party without prawns? These plump and juicy prawns are marinated with just the right amount of olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and zest, so you won’t be able to resist asking for more! Pair it with a crunchy celery salad and savoury buttermilk dressing for the perfect accompaniment. Get the full recipe here.
2. Sweet Aussie ribs
Lamb might be traditional but these sweet and delectable BBQ ribs will be a real Anzac Day treat! This delicious recipe combines orange and pineapple juice, wine, garlic, and ginger with your favourite BBQ sauce - you can’t go wrong with that! Just make sure you keep an eye on it while it’s grilling, because those fruit juices have a high sugar content and can burn easily.
3. Skirt steak with green sauce
Of course, some good old steak on the BBQ will always be part of an Aussie celebration, Anzac Day or not. This juicy skirt steak partnered with a green sauce made from mint leaves, kale leaves, and sage leaves gives a great balance of meat and veggies. The leftovers (if there are any), are pretty awesome on sandwiches the next day too.
4. Slow-roasted lamb shoulder with lemon, garlic, and rosemary
Here’s that lamb we all love - but not on the BBQ (throw the snags on that so your guests have plenty to choose from)! You can breeze through the Anzac Day celebrations with this slow-roasted lamb shoulder as it only takes around 15 minutes of prep and then your oven does the rest of the work for 4 or so hours. It won’t take long before the tempting aroma of the lemon, garlic and rosemary marinade gets the taste buds excited.
5. Barbecue spiced chicken
This barbecue spiced chicken recipe is extra special because it’s from Australia’s very own Master Chef Hayden Quinn. It’s super quick to put together and the spice rub really elevates the chicken drumsticks to a whole new level. Partner them with some charred corn and fresh lettuce, and you’ll have a barbecue marriage made in heaven.
6. Aussie burger with the lot
You can never go wrong with a classic Aussie burger and it makes a perfect Anzac Day lunch or dinner. This one really does come with the lot – a homemade beef pattie, bacon, pineapple, cheese, beetroot, egg and an awesome twist from caramelized onions.
7. Chicken satay skewers with gado gado
Give your Anzac Day barbie party a touch of Indonesia with these chicken satay skewers with gado gado. They really are a perfect combination of nutty flavoured satay sauce, chicken kebabs and a salad of slightly blanched mixed greens and boiled eggs. This could be your new favourite dish!
8. Barbecue snapper parcels
If you don’t want to suffer from meat overload on Anzac Day, a great alternative is a fish barbecue. These barbecue snapper parcels are packed with flavour and even better, they’re really easy to make. The combination of sesame oil, turmeric, chilli, garlic, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves really elevates this dish to something extra special, particularly if it’s served with a fresh herb salad and some rice. Don’t forget to add some lime wedges on the side.
9. Chargrilled peaches with green beans and almonds
The barbie isn’t just for protein - a delectable salad will round things out and we think that these chargrilled peaches with green beans and almonds are just perfect. Juicy peaches are cooked on the grill until lightly charred and then placed in a pickling mixture for 30 minutes before mixing with blanched green beans, thinly sliced red onion, olive oil and almonds. Yum!
10. Spiced barbecued pineapple with chocolate dip
Of course, what’s a celebration without dessert? How about some spiced barbecued pineapple with chocolate dip, a recipe from another MasterChef winner Elena Duggan who generously shares it with us. That sweet and sour combination of pineapple and chocolate dip will leave everyone craving for more.
Go ahead and enjoy Anzac Day
Anzac Day can be very emotional as we all stop and give thanks to the soldiers who fought for our beautiful country. It’s traditional for mates to come together to celebrate - and although social distancing means that can’t happen this year, we should all remember and celebrate, however and wherever we can.
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