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Alternatives to Christmas Turkey

by Elizabeth Young

published on 7 December 2015

Though it may be traditional, and a favourite with many, turkey is not everyone’s idea of a perfect Christmas centrepiece. If you fancy trying something new this year, look no further than this selection of unique, alternative recipes, each guaranteed to make your Christmas dinner a festive feast to remember.

Jamie Oliver's pic Mixed Roast

Jamie Oliver’s Epic Mixed Roast of Stuffed Chicken, Rolled Pork Belly and Topside of Beef

Can’t decide what kind of roast you’d like this Christmas? Jamie’s got you covered with this decadent medley of stuffed chicken, rolled pork belly, and topside of beef.

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Jamie Oliver

Vincisgrassi

Rachel Roddy’s Vincisgrassi

According to Rachel Roddy, “vincisgrassi are a project that will take over the kitchen, but the result is divine”. Think of this as an elevated, extra-sumptuous lasagne, enriched with fresh and dried mushrooms, soaked in béchamel, and topped with a golden layer of Parmesan.

Stuffed Four-bird Roast

Stuffed 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.

Nadiya Hussain’s Chicken, Brie, Cranberry and Pink Pepper Pithivier

Nadiya Hussain’s Chicken, Brie, Cranberry and Pink Pepper Pithivier

Nadiya stuffs a beautifully scored, French puff-pastry pie with chicken, pink peppercorns and cranberries, all arranged around an indulgent centre of melted Brie. Cut it open at the table for added wow factor.

Mary Berry’s Roast Chicken with Tarragon Butter & Melting Onions

Mary Berry’s Roast Chicken with Tarragon Butter & Melting Onions

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

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

Bringing together buttery puff pastry, 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.

Jamie Oliver’s Overnight Roasted Pork Shoulder

Jamie Oliver’s Overnight Roasted Pork Shoulder

The key to this 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.

Mary Berry’s French Slow-roast Lamb with Ratatouille

Mary Berry’s French Slow-roast Lamb with Ratatouille

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 vegetables and spiced juices to pile on top. 

Lamb Kleftiko

Lamb Kleftiko

For a Christmas with a Mediterranean twist, Rick Stein’s lamb kleftiko 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, piled into a warm flatbread.

Baked Salmon with Thyme and Thin Potatoes

Baked Salmon with Thyme and Thin Potatoes

by Nadine Levy-Redzepi

The salmon in this recipe 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 relatively stress-free alternative to turkey (or a separate dish for your pescatarian guests).

Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Fresh Dates

Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Fresh Dates

by Georgina Hayden
from Taverna

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. 

Slow-Roasted Pork Belly with Sloe Gin

Slow-Roasted Pork Belly with Sloe Gin

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 a feast for the eyes.

Festive Roast

Festive Roast

by Mary McCartney

This vegetarian 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 Port & Cherry Sauce

Slow-Roast Duck with Port & Cherry Sauce

from Classic

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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