How to throw the perfect indoor festive barbecue: 4 epic recipes
Time to embrace the Aussie way of life this festive season
It might be a bit cold (for most people) to get the barbecue out, but if you fancy the taste of perfectly grilled food over winter, here’s an easy, and tastier way to do it. No burnt sausages in sight!
Everyone gets a bit sick of turkey and roast dinners around Christmas, so here are a few ideas to mix it up a bit. As we really love Christmas here at FoodTribe, we have ensured each of the recipes still has a festive twist. We can’t give up on tradition entirely…
We’re talking a Christmas burger stacked with five gold (onion) rings, pigs in blanket hot dog, turkey and cranberry wrap hack for all those leftover transformations (it might even be better than the Christmas Day feast), and grilled salmon with a lemon butter sauce, for when it all just gets a bit much.
Instead of braving icy temperatures outside, we’re staying fully in the warmth and using the Tefal OptiGrill Elite. Way less mess, way easier, way more time for you to focus on demolishing that Chocolate Orange you had in your stocking.
The grill is hi-tech enough to be really easy to use, and we love the 'searing boost mode' which allows you to add restaurant-worthy grilling marks and lock in all the juices. It measures the thickness of your food to cook different ingredients perfectly and has a digital interface that counts down to tell you when your food is done. So no more overcooked anything. Score.
Turkey and cranberry wrap hack
TikTok trends may come and go, but one we can’t get enough of is the Wrap Hack. It’s so simple and straightforward, we can’t quite believe we hadn’t thought of it before. But now we’ve seen it, we’re fully on board, and no wraps shall ever be wrapped quite the same again.
This time, we’re getting busy with some Christmas Day leftovers. This is the turkey and cranberry wrap hack. It’s packed full of all your festive favourites that you couldn’t quite squeeze in on the big day. Yes, including a little something from the cheeseboard. Hey, what’s a wrap hack without an Insta-worthy cheese pull?
It’s so easy to pop on the Tefal OptiGrill Elite. Just set it up on the Panini setting, wait a few minutes, and you’re good to go. Even if you had a few too many glasses of Sherry with your nan the day before, you’ll still be able to get your head around this one.
- 1 big tortilla wrap
- Handful of leftover turkey
- Handful of leftover cranberry sauce
- Handful of leftover cheese (whatever you fancy/is leftover)
- Handful of leftover stuffing, or roast potatoes (cut into small cubes), or red cabbage... or even, Brussels sprouts
- Turn on your Tefal OptiGrill Elite and set to the Panini setting. Prepare your delicious wrap while you're waiting for it to heat up.
- Take a large tortilla and make one slice from the centre to the outer edge. Pop your choice of fillings in each ‘quarter’ – one quarter turkey, one cranberry sauce, one cheese, one mystery other leftover Christmas Day dinner ingredient. Heck, why not throw some Brussels sprouts in there?
- Now it’s time to fold. Starting with the quarter on the left of the cut, fold the tortilla over onto the next quarter and again and again until you finish with a fat triangle.
- When your Tefal OptiGrill Elite is ready to rock, carefully place your fat triangle onto the grill, close the lid, and wait for the magic to happen. It should take just a few minutes. Enjoy!
Christmas (ish) burger – fiiiive gold (onion) rings
Is it just us, or do you find yourself getting a bit sick of the constant Christmas food? You know we love festive everything, but after the fifth roast dinner, well, we just want something a bit… different. This might be slightly loose on the whole ‘Christmas burger’ brief, but we reckon it’s tasty enough to get away with it. Sing it with us now: ‘Fiiiiiive golllldddd (onion) riiiiiings’.
That’s right, we’re talking a beef burger stacked with five gold (onion) rings, Stilton (a cheeseboard classic), Mulled wine slow-cooked onions, festive slaw (it’s got red cabbage in it, another Christmas Day staple, and some festive spices), and some garlic mayo.
- 2 good quality burgers, or 250g beef mince 20% fat
- 2 brioche buns
- As much Stilton as you like
- 1 large white onion, thinly sliced
- 75ml mulled wine
- 1tsp sugar
- Coleslaw (either homemade with leftover vegetables, or shop bought)
- 10 onion rings
- 2tbsp garlic mayo
- Salt and pepper
- Cook your thinly sliced onions in saucepan on a medium heat with your mulled wine and sugar, until caramelised and sticky.
- Pop your frozen onion rings in the oven.
- Season your burgers well. If you're making your own, form your mince into two equal sized patties of approx. 125g in weight. Do not over-compact the patties, or they’ll be dense. You can chill them if you need to, but cook patties from room temperature to avoid shrinkage.
- Turn on your Tefal OptiGrill Elite, hit the 'sear boost' button and set to Burgers. Wait for it to heat up.
- As soon as it's ready, get your burgers on the grill, and close the lid. They should only take a few minutes to cook.
- While cooking, time to assemble your burger.
- Toast your brioche buns (you can quickly pop them onto the OptiGrill if you've got room after your burgers have cooked, or use a toaster).
- Spread your garlic mayo on the top and bottom bun.
- Add your desired amount of coleslaw.
- Top with your burger patty.
- Top with Stilton and your mulled wine onions.
- Finally, attempt to fill your bun with five onionnnnn riiiiiings.
- Enjoy (if you can get your mouth around it.
Pigs in blankets hot dog
Everyone knows the best part of any Christmas dinner is pigs in blankets. We’ve seen so many variations of this iconic dish (and some, we really wish we could forget… pigs in blankets cheesecake, we’re looking at you!), but this one is the one you’ll want this festive season.
Hot dogs on the barbecue are an absolute must. Hot pigs in blankets are the next logical step. Give those babies a winter coat, extra pork, and stick ‘em on the Tefal OptiGrill Elite. Living. The. Dream. We’re serving them up with some onion marmalade, and some American cheese squares (so melty and weird and not cheese, but essential). These are perfect to kick off celebrations on Christmas Day. They’ll change your life. Are we being a touch dramatic? Potentially. But you know us… we get really passionate about these things.
- 4 large sausages and 8 rashers of streaky bacon, or 12 pigs in blankets
- 8 American cheese slices
- 4tbsp onion marmalade
- 4 brioche rolls
- Ketchup and mustard optional (well, not in this house)
- Turn on your Tefal OptiGrill Elite and set it to Sausage mode.
- If you need to make your giant pigs in blankets, wrap sausages in streaky bacon. Done. That's your pig in blanket. If you've got several packets in the fridge (like most people during Christmas), save yourself the several minutes of hassle.
- Once it's ready to rock, pop in your pigs in blankets. We have managed to fit 12 in there before. The automatic thickness calculator works out how long it'll take to cook everything perfectly, and give you a countdown.
- While they're grilling away, toast your buns. Spread the buns with onion marmalade.
- When it's time to assemble, pop your piggies in their even bigger blanket, top with American cheese slices, and finish off with ketchup and mustard if you're a condiment fiend. Enjoy.
Grilled salmon with a lemon butter sauce
Other than turkey, does anything scream ‘Christmas’ more than salmon? We thought if we’re embracing the indoor barbecue life this winter, and doing as the Aussies do, what better way to finish off than with the perfect grilled salmon, served up with a lemon butter sauce. You might remember this one from the Hogg vs Brown video.
In the blue corner, Hogg's on the barbecue, and in the red corner, Lucy's rocking a Tefal OptiGrill Elite
This is for those festive nights when you want something delicious, but a little lighter. The lemon butter sauce adds a lovely richness and loads of zestiness.
- 4 salmon fillets
- 4tbsp unsalted butter
- Fresh lemon juice, 1 lemon
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- Olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ...To serve...
- Leftover potatoes
- Leftover vegetables
- Lemon slices
- Turn on the Tefal OptiGrill Elite and set to Fish mode.
- Season your salmon fillets well and drizzle with a little olive oil.
- As soon as preheating is complete, put the salmon fillets on the grill and close it.
- Cook as shown on the display, until they are cooked as wanted.
- While the salmon is cooking, time to make your sauce.
- Melt your butter in a pan on a medium heat. Stir it every now and then. Patiently wait for it to turn golden brown and nutty. This should take a couple of minutes or so. As soon as that happens, you want to take it off the heat so it doesn't burn, and add it to a different bowl. Add your grated garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir to taste and see if you need any more of anything.
- Once your salmon is ready, serve it with any leftover potatoes or vegetables you might have. Top with some of your gorgeous lemon butter sauce, a few slices of lemon to make it look a bit fancier. Enjoy.
Which dish do you need to cook this Christmas? (or do you fancy all of them?)