Published at: 8/26/2016 10:50:58 AM
A brilliant barbecue doesn't have to burn a hole in your wallet. Check our frank’s Guide to throwing an Oz Day feast on the cheap.
Steak, salads, a few slabs of beer…struth! The cost of even a small Australia Day gathering can quickly add up. Follow our 5 steps to throwing a bonza bash and enjoy change from $100.
1. Share the love…and the cooking – $0
It’s Australia Day – time to embrace the spirit of mateship. When you send out invites ask each guest to bring a dish. It’ll cut costs, and bonus: you won’t have to slave over a hot stove for two days. Make a note of what each guest is bringing to avoid ending up with 15 bowls of potato salad.
2. DIY nibbles – $20
Nibbles can take a big bite out of your budget. Bypass the store bought stuff and take a do-it-yourself approach. It’s dead easy.
Give this a go: tip a tin of chick peas into a blender, add garlic, tahini and lemon juice and zap it on high for a minute. Presto! Enough hummus to render the back patio. Drizzle a block of cream cheese with sweet chili sauce. Tear a French loaf into pieces (there’s a whole buck out of your budget), add some veggie sticks and fresh seasonal fruits, and your nibbles platter is good to go.
3. Give your meat punch – not price – $40
You don’t need $35/kg aged steak for a great barbie. Try budget-friendly cuts like oyster blade, chicken drumsticks, or grab a kilo of mince and make your own rissoles. Add wow factor by stuffing rissoles with chopped bacon, sundried tomatoes or blue cheese. For a true taste of Straya, toss some kangaroo steaks on the barbie – they’re way cheaper than beef – and let Skippy hit a six with the guests.
4. Go troppo with veggies – $15
Vegetables are cheap as chips, packed with flavour and nutrition and easy to cook. Chargrill slices of eggplant, zucchini, capsicums – heck even sweet potatoes – and pile the lot on platters without piling dollars onto the tab.
5. Crikey! It’s a barbie not a wine tasting… – $25
Most guests will BYO beer or wine but for a wallet-wise drink grab a cleanskin red, pour into a large jug, add diced oranges, apple and pineapple, tip in a bottle of lemonade or ginger beer and you’ve got a refreshing sangria.
Keep it lean
With planning, your $100 budget can leave your guests feeling full as a centipede's sock drawer. Work it all off with a hit of backyard cricket, while listening to the Hottest 100 countdown, and discover that good times don’t have to cost a motza. Neither does your credit card. frank – ME’s low rate card – keeps things lean as with the same low rate for purchases and cash advances and no annual fee. Howzat for good value?
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