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Epic sides and starters for New Year's Eve

Whether you having a big blow out on the 31st or an annual braai on New Year's Day, these recipes will get the new year started right!

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Happy holiday eating!


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Buttery cheesy garlic bread - Get involved with a simple step-by-step gallery that will leave you with rolls of bread oozing with flavour and cheese. 

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Creamy bacon and potato salad - We all know that adding bacon to pretty much anything will result in a creation of delicious.  This traditional potato salad will do just the trick for a summer celebration.

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How to make cheese straws - Want to look like a seriously competent cooking badass?  Make your own cheese straws with another one of our step-by-step recipes that will guide you with instructive photos the entire way. 

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Roasted baby aubergine - These adorable little eggplant halves can be used as an alternative to crackers and crisps for dip.  Set on a bed of rocket to turn them into a side salad.  Perfect for the braai and they add vibrancy to a table with their pop of colour.

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Spanakopita - Directly from Jan Braai, this crispy pastry looks bakery bought. It might take some time, most of it in the oven, but this is a crowd-pleaser of note. Cut before serving and consider it finger food.

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Sticky lamb riblets - If you want to get really serious with your meat, which we obviously are very supportive of, serve these little guys.  They could be enough for a meal on any other day, but it's New Year's and your diet can start on 1 January!

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Vegetable kebabs with sweet chilli sauce - There's nothing like roasted vegetables with the smell of the open braai.  Serve your guests an easy-to-make but impressive veggie kebab with almost no preparation. 

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Cold smoked salmon with prawn terrine - Cold and refreshing, this Jenny Morris recipe can be served as a side or starter and is easily made ahead of time.

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Brie, Parma ham and pomegranate salad - Ideal for a summer's day, the contrast  between the creamy Brie, the sweet and tangy pomegranate salad and the salty parma ham is a winner every time.  Perfect for anyone who wants to serve a gourmet meal but doesn't have enough time to prepare. 

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