It's the most wonderful time of the year, and at The Jerky Co, we're ready to sprinkle some jerky and biltong magic into your holiday celebrations! Forget the same old, same old - we've got some ideas for Christmas platters that will leave your taste buds dancing through the festive season. Whether you're an air-dried meat connoisseur, a party-hosting pro, a food-loving fanatic, or just someone planning a memorable Christmas gathering, we've got you covered.
This holiday season, we're here to show you how our jerky and biltong can be the secret ingredient that elevates your classic Christmas platters to the next level.
Why should I add Jerky and Biltong to my Christmas platters?
You might be wondering why you'd want to add jerky and biltong to your Christmas platters. You could just be a huge air-dried meat fan, but our products are a fantastic addition to your Christmas spread for the following reasons;
Protein-Packed Goodness: The Jerky Co's beef jerky and biltong are protein-packed powerhouses, giving your guests a tasty and satisfying protein boost amidst the sea of sugary treats.
Flavour Explosion: Our jerky and biltong are bursting with flavour! They bring a touch of smokiness, a touch of spice, and a whole lot of deliciousness to your platters.
Shelf-Stable Convenience: Our jerky and biltong have excellent shelf stability at room temperature, so you can rest easy even on a sweltering Christmas day lunch, knowing that our products won't spoil. Just remember to transfer any remaining portions into an airtight container and refrigerate them afterwards for safekeeping.
Creative Christmas Platter Ideas
Alright, let's dive into the good stuff! Here's a sneak peek of some Christmas platter ideas with a Jerky Co twist!
Biltong and Cheese Platter
Start your festive feast with a classic yet mouthwatering platter. Arrange slices of beef biltong alongside a variety of cheeses, such as cheddar, brie, and gouda. Add some crusty bread or crackers and a selection of pickles and olives for a balanced platter that'll have your guests coming back for more.
Jerky and Cranberry Meatballs
Looking for a show-stopping appetiser? Whip up these sweet and savoury meatballs by combining beef mince, panko breadcrumbs, finely chopped beef jerky (we recommend our Traditional Beef Jerky for this recipe), salt and pepper, and cranberry sauce. Serve them as tasty appetisers or make them the star of your main dish – either way, they're a win-win!
‘Reindeer Fuel’ Trail Mix
Need a quick and easy snack for your Christmas gathering, or something to pop on the table for family board games on Christmas day? Try our ‘Reindeer Fuel’ trail mix. Combine sweet & salty popcorn, chocolate coated pretzels, Christmas M&M’s, and roasted almonds in a bowl. Tear up some strips of your favourite beef jerky and add into the mix.
Jerky and Fig Jam Brie Bites
Impress your guests with these elegant bites. Top mini brie cheese wheels with a spoonful of fig jam (or cranberry sauce works well too) and a strip of Smokey Beef Jerky. Warm them briefly in the oven until the cheese is melty. Serve with slices of fresh bread for a delicious appetiser, where there will be no leftovers.
Festive Fruit Platter
Everyone loves a fruit platter over the festive season, and with mangoes, watermelon and cherries back in season, it's a great time to throw together a platter for Christmas brekky. Take it up a notch by adding our single ingredient fruit jerky into the mix - some of our faves being the air-dried pineapple and air-dried mango. They will add a delicious hit of flavour and texture alongside the fresh fruit. (Tip: our air-dried fruit range also goes beautifully on a cheese platter).
Perfect Drink Pairings: Wine, Beer, and More
Pairing the right beverages with your jerky and biltong-infused platters can elevate the overall tasting experience. Here are some of our recommendations:
- Red Wine: A robust red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz complements the rich flavours of jerky and biltong.
- Craft Beer: Opt for a craft beer with a malty backbone, like a brown ale or an amber ale, to contrast the saltiness of the Jerky or Biltong.
- Non-Alcoholic Options: Sparkling water with a twist of citrus or a spiced ginger ale can be wonderful non-alcoholic choices that keep the party spirit alive.
The Holiday Season Just Got a Whole Lot Tastier!
This holiday season, don't settle for the same old, same old when it comes to your Christmas platters. Whether you opt for the classic biltong and cheese platter or the sweet and savoury delight of jerky and cranberry meatballs, you're in for a treat if you test out any of these Christmas platter ideas.
Wondering where you can get your hands on some of our delicious products to spice up your Christmas platters? You can explore our full range on our website or discover them at one of our 20 locations across Australia.
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Happy holidays from all of us here at The Jerky Co — and may your festive season be filled with delicious snacking experiences.