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Brent Draper’s fuss-free menu

This festive spread feeds 4 to 6 guests for under $75*.

Brent Draper

Brent Draper has family Christmas covered with this savvy and inspired festive menu featuring his low-cost picks for starters, a main, sides and dessert.


pork bite balls

Coles Entertaining Three Cheese & Chive Croquettes 200g are ready to heat and serve from the freezer. Then, pass around Coles Entertaining Crumbed Pork Bites 240g. They’re filled with sow stall free Aussie pork and Yarra Valley apple cider sauce.

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roast pork with roast potatoes and green beans on the side

Brent's budget tip: “The only other ingredient you need for the pork is sea salt  to create the crackling. Then, just pair it with roasted and steamed veggies, or simple salads for a cost-efficient main. The large cut means you’ll have enough for leftovers, too.” 

Wow your crowd with Coles Australian Pork Leg Roast (approx 2.1kg). For a top crackling, dry pork with paper towel. Place, uncovered, in the fridge overnight. Season, then rub with coarse salt before roasting. Complement your pork roast with Coles Apple Sauce 375g. It’s made with Aussie apples. 

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Sauces and sides

carrot balls with herb butter

Coles Basil Pesto 190g has a rich herb flavour. Drizzle it over roasted Coles Baby Carisma Potatoes 1kg or other savoury bites.  For another simple and tasty side, blanch Coles Australian Green Beans 375g until tender. Serve with toasted Coles Australian Slivered Almonds 150g. Or try Coles Finest Parisian Carrot Baubles with Herb Butter 500g for a quick and easy festive side.

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chocolate and caramel mousse cake

Enjoy the rich flavours and creamy texture of Coles Salted Caramel & Chocolate Mousse Cake 450g. Complete desserts with sweet, juicy Australian Strawberries 250g.

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More inspiration from Brent Draper

MasterChef Australia 2023 winner Brent Draper wants to inspire Aussie home cooks with recipes for tasty food that’s seasonal, sustainable and simple to make at home or on the road. Try out some of Brent's recipes.

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*Prices are approximate, based on highest national regular prices on 28/11/23. Prices and availability of items and brands may differ from store to store. Olive oil, salt and pepper excluded from approximate costs.