Alternative Christmas roast recipes

Not a fan of turkey or just fancy doing something different this year? Browse our alternative Christmas roast recipes for some new festive inspiration. Choose from beef, game, chicken, goose  and showstopping vegetarian dishes.

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Calum Franklin’s Christmas ham

Alternative Christmas roast recipes

Calum Franklin’s Christmas ham

Roast ham is always impressive, but it gets a serious upgrade with a special combo...

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Lemon sole with potted shrimp butter

Easy dinner party mains

Lemon sole with potted shrimp butter

Rick Stein’s sophisticated fish supper brings the restaurant experience home. Try it at your next...

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Porcini mushroom and vegetable nut roast

Vegetarian Christmas dinner recipes

Porcini mushroom and vegetable nut roast

Forget those uninspiring veggie offerings of Christmases past – this updated porcini mushroom and vegetable nut...

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Beef wellington with spinach and chestnut mushrooms

Christmas dinner recipes

Beef wellington with spinach and chestnut mushrooms

Beef wellington is a dinner party classic – perhaps because it’s a make-ahead marvel, or...

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Soy-braised pork belly 

Satisfyingly slow roasts

Soy-braised pork belly 

”This simple yet punchy dish, using what I believe to be the best part of...

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Brined and barbecue-roasted turkey with beetroot purée and tahini gravy

Christmas turkey recipes

Brined and barbecue-roasted turkey with beetroot purée and...

The Christmas turkey to rival all turkeys, try chef Josh Katz’s brined and barbecued-roasted turkey...

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Roast stuffed chicken with mustard fruits and green sauce

Roast chicken recipes

Roast stuffed chicken with mustard fruits and green...

A main-event showstopper, follow this recipe for a roast stuffed chicken full of vibrant festive...

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Roast beef with fragrant crunchy salad

Christmas salad recipes

Roast beef with fragrant crunchy salad

For a lighter roast which doesn’t compromise on flavour, this roast beef recipe is your...

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Bacon-wrapped turkey with mustard and tarragon butter

Christmas turkey recipes

Bacon-wrapped turkey with mustard and tarragon butter

You can’t rush a classic. It’s time to take things slow with this knockout slow-roast,...

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Roast goose with black pudding apple and sage

Alternative Christmas roast recipes

Roast goose with black pudding apple and sage

River Cottage chef Gill Meller shares his recipe for roast goose, which makes a great...

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Roast rib of beef with a golden crust

Roast recipes

Roast rib of beef with a golden crust

This stunning rib of beef is roasted in a golden crust of horseradish, mustard, ginger...

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Slow-cooked curried leg of lamb

Lamb curry recipes

Slow-cooked curried leg of lamb

The slow-cooked leg of lamb recipe requires surprisingly little work for such spectacular, melt-in-your mouth...

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Duck breasts with port sauce and celeriac purée

Duck recipes

Duck breasts with port sauce and celeriac purée

Learn how to cook duck breasts to perfection – until pink in the centre –...

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Cauliflower wellington

Cauliflower recipes

Cauliflower wellington

This vegetarian recipe has been developed with a traditional, luxurious beef wellington in mind. The...

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Halloumi and pistachio nut roast

Alternative Christmas roast recipes

Halloumi and pistachio nut roast

Hosting a vegetarian Christmas? This epic halloumi and pistachio nut roast is packed full of...

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Roast goose with roast apples and onions and potato stuffing

Alternative Christmas roast recipes

Roast goose with roast apples and onions and...

You won’t miss the turkey with this fabulous roast goose recipe, perfect for Christmas Day....

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Pot roast chicken with beans (poule au pot)

Alternative Christmas roast recipes

Pot roast chicken with beans (poule au pot)

An easy one-pot roast chicken dish cooked on a bed of bacon, cannellini beans and...

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Rack of lamb with an olive and caper crust

Alternative Christmas roast recipes

Rack of lamb with an olive and caper...

Instead of turkey this year, try our Christmas lamb recipe. A showstopper rack of French-trimmed...

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Partridge with Ampleforth Abbey cider and cabbage

November seasonal recipes

Partridge with Ampleforth Abbey cider and cabbage

Creamy cider sauce is a delight and works very well with the partridge. Wonderfully easy,...

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Whole baked cauliflower with pearl barley, wild mushrooms and cheese

Cauliflower recipes

Whole baked cauliflower with pearl barley, wild mushrooms...

An impressive cauliflower cheese-inspired recipe made heartier with pearl barley and wild mushrooms. This is...

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