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 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.

Beef Wellington 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. 

Overnight Roasted Pork Shoulder 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. 

Lamb Kleftiko by Rick Stein

For a Christmas with a Mediterranean twist, Rick Stein's Lamb Kleftiko from Rick Stein: Venice to Istanbul is roasted for over 2 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.

Baked Salmon with Thyme and Thin Potatoes 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.

Slow-Roasted Pork Belly with Sloe Gin 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 from Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook is not only delicious but a feast for the eyes too.

Festive Roast 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.


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

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


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