taste.com.au Cookbooks #62

A selection of your top-rated, favourite recipes pulled together in one cookbook from Australia's favourite food and lifestyle website taste.com.au. Each beautifully illustrated taste.com.au book is filled with hand-picked favourite recipes, along with expert hints, tricks and helpful advice to make cooking more fun and rewarding. We've got a cookbook for everyone, whether you love baking, need something fast and fab, want a super salad or feel like food that's a little more comforting. And our 'tried and tested' guarantee means you can be sure of perfect results every time.

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When our families and friends come together around the festive table, eating and drinking is an essential part of the celebration. We all love a delicious roast or a tasty crisp summer salad, but the key to a really merry meal is in the laughter and love that we share together. This cookbook is designed to help you plan your easy Christmas menu, so that you can enjoy the day stress free, instead of worrying about what to put in the oven and on the table. These amazing recipes are packed with fresh ingredients and flavours. We’ve included loads of tips on easy prep and wow serving suggestions. Plus, there are expert foodie tricks to help you make the best use of your time, so you can leisurely sip on a cocktail,…

2 min
how to have the best christmas ever!

Christmas time again? For some reason it sneaks up on us and takes us by surprise, every year! Then the panic sets in – the ‘what, where and who’ logistical juggle that always seems to ensue. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help. A quick flick through the following pages will have you looking forward to this year’s feast, rather than feeling anxious and overwhelmed. This collection of starters, drinks, salads, mains, sides and desserts has something for everyone – from vegetarians and vegans to the most staunch Christmas roast traditionalist. So how to choose? Once you’ve figured out where you are going to be on the day and how many you are feeding, the planning can begin. Choose a ‘hero’ for your main course – turkey, ham, vegies or seafood – and…

7 min
drinks & nibbles

prawn cocktail platter serves 10 | prep 30 mins (+ cooling) | cooking 10 mins 2 corncobs1kg large peeled cooked prawns, deveined, tails intact1 large mango, flesh sliced1 Lebanese cucumber, chopped6 baby gem lettuce, leaves separatedLemon and lime wedges, to serve1 large avocado, flesh sliced3 green shallots, thinly sliced cocktail sauce 80ml (1/3 cup) thickened cream80ml (1/3 cup) tomato sauce1 tbs fresh lemon juice2 tsp Worcestershire sauceTabasco sauce, to taste lemon garlic sauce 80g (1/3 cup) whole egg mayonnaise65g (1/4 cup) sour cream2 garlic cloves, crushed1 lemon, rind finely grated, juiced 1 To make the cocktail sauce, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth. Cover and place in the fridge until needed. 2 To make the lemon garlic sauce, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth. Cover and place in…

1 min
greek mezze platter

serves 6 haloumi & zucchini skewers prep 10 mins | cooking 15 mins 200g pkt haloumi, cut into 2cm cubes3 zucchini, peeled into ribbons1 tbs finely chopped fresh oregano leavesPinch of dried chilli flakes (optional)2 tbs olive oil1 tbs fresh lemon juice250g cherry truss tomatoes on the vine 1 Preheat a barbecue grill or chargrill pan on medium-high. Thread haloumi onto 6 metal or presoaked bamboo skewers and zucchini onto another 6. Spray with oil. 2 Combine the oregano, chilli, if using, oil and lemon juice in a bowl. 3 Spray tomatoes with oil and grill for 5-7 minutes or until softened. Grill skewers for 1-2 minutes each side or until lightly charred and zucchini is tender. Drizzle herb dressing over the skewers and tomato. Serve. tzatziki dip prep 10 mins 1/2 Lebanese cucumber, coarsely grated260g (1 cup) Greek-style…

9 min

roasted vegetable & pasta salad serves 12 | prep 30 mins | cooking 45 mins 900g sweet potato, peeled, cut into 3cm cubes2 large red onions, cut into wedges500g cherry tomatoes200g green beans, trimmed, halved500g dried casarecce pasta2 tbs extra virgin olive oil2 tbs fresh lemon juice100g pitted kalamata olives1 large burrata or 220g tub bambini bocconcini, drained 1 Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan forced. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper. 2 Arrange the sweet potato, onion and tomatoes on prepared trays. Spray with olive oil. Roast for 45 minutes, adding the beans and spraying with oil in the last 20 minutes of cooking. Roast until all vegetables are tender and slightly caramelised. Set aside all vegetables to cool to room temperature. 3 Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted…

9 min

cranberry & pancetta stuffing tray bake serves 8 | prep 20 mins (+ cooling) | cooking 35 mins 65g (1/3 cup) dried cranberries1 lemon, rind finely grated, juiced1 tbs olive oil1 brown onion, chopped100g pancetta slices, coarsely chopped2 garlic cloves, crushed1 pane de casa or vienna loaf, unsliced2 eggs, lightly whisked1 tbs fresh thyme leaves, plus extra sprigs, to serve 1 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan forced. Lightly grease a 3cm-deep, 23 x 28cm baking dish. 2 Combine cranberries and lemon juice in a bowl and set aside to soak until needed. 3 Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat then cook the onion, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes or until softened. Add the pancetta and cook for a further 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in the garlic and…