Alternatives to Christmas Turkey

Though it may be traditional, and a favourite with many, turkey is not everyone's idea of a delicious Christmas dinner. If you fancy trying something new this year, look no further than these delicious recipes that will certainly make the best meal of the year one to remember.

Four-bird Roast from Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery Course by Rosemary Shrager

The perfect centrepiece for your Christmas lunch, this recipe from Rosemary Shrager's Cookery Course features turkey, duck, pheasant and guinea fowl, because why have one bird when you could have four? It's Christmas after all.

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alternatives to christmas turkey nadiya bakes nadiya hussain Chicken, Brie, Cranberry and Pink Pepper Pithivier

Chicken, Brie, Cranberry and Pink Pepper Pithivier from Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain 

Nadiya has stuffed this beautifully scored, French puff-pastry pie with chicken, that is spiced and sweetened with pink peppercorns and cranberries, around an indulgent centre of melted Brie. Cut it open at the table for added wow factor.

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Roast Chicken with Tarragon Butter & Melting Onions from Simple Comforts by Mary Berry

Mary plays with classic roast chicken by making a garlicky, ginger, tarragon and lemon butter, and smothering it under the skin. Roasted on top of onions and served with homemade gravy, this is a special roast that will feed six people.

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Beef Wellington from Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook by Mary Berry

Bringing together buttery puff pastry with a tender cut of beef and a rich filling of mushroom and liver pâté, this Beef Wellington from Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook is a great choice to help shake up your Christmas feast this year.

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Overnight Roasted Pork Shoulder from Jamie's Comfort Food by Jamie Oliver

The art of this utterly delectable recipe from Jamie's Comfort Food is the low and slow cooking time, which results in wonderfully succulent melt-in-the-mouth pork, fit for your Christmas Day centrepiece.

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French Slow-roast Lamb with Ratatouille from Simple Comforts by Mary Berry

This all-in-one slow roast shoulder of lamb with ratatouille-style vegetables feeds six people. Roasted for nearly five hours, it's meltingly tender, ready to shred at the table with beautifully sweet veggies and delicately spiced juices to pile on top. 

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Lamb Kleftiko from Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul by Rick Stein

For a Christmas with a Mediterranean twist, Rick Stein's Lamb Kleftiko from is roasted for over two hours with garlic, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes, and finished with a crumbling of tangy feta. It also makes for great leftovers on Boxing Day in a warm flatbread.

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Baked Salmon with Thyme and Thin Potatoes from Downtime by Nadine Levy Redzepi

The salmon in this recipe from Downtime is baked on a bed of sliced potatoes, infusing them with an incredible depth of flavour as it cooks. It's also very easy to pull together so would make for a great stress-free alternative to turkey or an separate dish for your pescatarian guests.

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Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Fresh Dates from Taverna: Recipes From a Cypriot Kitchen by Georgina Hayden

Juicy, sweet fresh dates are teamed with meltingly tender lamb shoulder, onions, cinnamon and bay leaves in this sumptuous, Cypriot-inspired supper. You can even make this dish with goat shoulder for something a little different. 

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Slow-Roasted Pork Belly with Sloe Gin from Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook by Rachel Khoo

It doesn't get much more festive than slow-roasted meat cooked in sloe gin! Surrounded by festive pearls of redcurrant, this stunning recipe is not only delicious but a feast for the eyes too.

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Festive Roast from At My Table by Mary McCartney

Who says a vegetarian Christmas can't be delicious? This incredible centrepiece from Mary McCartney's At My Table is perfect with roast vegetables, all the traditional trimming and a generous pouring of gravy over the top.

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Slow-roast Duck with a Port and Cherry Sauce from Classic by Mary Berry

With rich festive flavours of port and cherry and perfectly cooked duck, this recipe from Mary Berry's Classic is a winning choice for a smaller gathering.

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