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17 Christmas food hacks

Take a shortcut to an easier celebration with these recipes that all use convenient or ready-made products from Coles.

  1. An irresistible combination of juicy pork and crunchy crackling, these pork belly bites are perfect paired with an Asian-style dipping sauce and served with drinks.

  2. For a fast no-cook party starter, you can't go past ready-to-eat smoked salmon. Serve it Curtis-style with a zesty salsa verde.

  3. Grab a bag of baby rocket and add crisp pear and salty parmesan for a tasty side that's ready in just 10 minutes.

  4. Finish your festive feast on a high note with this show-stopping tiramisu cake made with ready-to-use sponge. After just 5 minutes cooking, all you have to do is mix, layer and serve!

  5. Pick up a loaf of bread and turn it into an easy, cheesy pull-apart that's perfect for feeding a crowd and takes just 10 minutes to prepare.

  6. Thanks to bought sponge, just 5 minutes' cooking is all that's required to make this easy ice cream cake that's flavoured with sweet summer peaches and maple syrup.

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    No-one will believe that it took just 5 minutes' cooking to create these sweet petite pavlovas filled with eggnog-flavoured cream and drizzled with boozy rum syrup.

  8. These bite-sized tarts are home-baked in 10 minutes and served topped with pretty sugar-coated cherries.

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    This faster spin on our original Snickers trifle is made with Coles Make at Home Chocolate Mud Cakes - no baking required.

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    This elegant party food platter teams ready-to-roast, spice-rubbed salmon with crisp toasts and refreshing cucumber.

  11. You don't have to turn on the oven for this twist on pavlova – just layer Coles Meringue Kisses with fragrant summer stone fruit and homemade vanilla custard to make a show-stopping trifle.

  12. Take a shortcut with ready-to-roast herb rubbed portions of RSPCA-approved chicken, then serve with a delicious fresh salsa.

  13. Once you've spent 10 minutes making a syrup, there's no more cooking for this cake which layers sponge, summer berries and a gorgeous sauce.

  14. This laid-back twist on pavlova needs no cooking – just fold together citrus-infused berries, whipped vanilla cream, bought meringue and macarons for a wow dessert.

  15. Knocking out a plate of these smoked salmon bites is as simple as toast, spread, top and serve.

  16. The stars of this generous antipasto platter are Fennel Seed Marinated Oives, Baked Brie and Melon Ball & Bocconcini Salad. Arrange on a table and encourage guests to help themselves while you enjoy the party.

  17. Layer up bought vanilla ice cream with an easy homemade raspberry ripple to make the filling for this festive cake from Curtis.