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15 mouth-watering Christmas Day mains

Publisher - Great British Food Awards
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NatashaLS

Dec 12, 2022
8 minutes to read

From traditional roast turkey and stuffed rib of beef to thrifty pot roast pork and amazing veggie centrepieces, we’ve got something for everyone this Christmas!

Brandy Butter & Bay Roast Turkey with Best-ever Gravy

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The only recipe for Christmas turkey you’ll ever need, plus a rich turkey gravy

Perfect Christmas Turkey with Gravy

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If you want to keep it classic this Christmas, Ed Smith’s best ever turkey recipe will guide you through the entire cooking process, from prep the night before to eventually carving your golden bird.

Roast Rib of Beef with Orange & Apricot Stuffing

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This is an excellent and equally impressive alternative to roast turkey. It’s all-in-one, too: the stuffing cooks inside the joint!

Rib of Beef with Braised Red Cabbage

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Good beef speaks for itself. It doesn’t need much, a pinch of salt, a crack of black pepper and a hot oven are all it really takes. Be sure not to overcook it – please eat it rare, or at least medium-rare, that is what this beast deserves.

Roast Duck with Prunes, Chestnuts & Sherry

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Festive duck with a Spanish twist! This dish has all the elements of the perfect Christmas centrepiece, but is incredibly easy to prepare.

Roast Duck with Quince & Brussels Sprouts

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A good roast duck at Christmas time has become increasingly popular with many smaller families opting not to take on the vastness of a whole goose, but still wanting some of that delightfully sweet, rich meat that we all crave so much during the festivities. Enter a plump, properly reared duck that has been hung and trussed ready for the table.

Stuffed Roast Goose with Rosemary-Scented Apple

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If you really want to push the boat out this Christmas it’s hard to beat a roast goose with perfectly crisp skin and tender, juicy meat. In this simple recipe the apple stuffing cuts through the richness of the meat beautifully.

Sticky Whisky Glazed Ham

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Feast your eyes upon our glorious baked ham - smothered in a delicious sweet and salty glaze.

Nigel Slater’s Ham with Juniper & Cider

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In this classic recipe Nigel Slater uses aromatic juniper berries, tart apples and cider to impart boiled ham with tonnes of flavour. At the end you’ll be left with a lovely apple-scented cooking liquor to spoon over the meat.

https://www.greatbritishfoodawards.com/recipes/porchetta-style-pork-belly-with-garlic-roasties

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This slow-cooked pork roast is worthy of any celebration, and thrifty pork belly is one of the cheapest meat cuts available, so it’s ideal if you’re looking to cut costs this Christmas.

Tom Kerridge’s Pork Pot Roast with Cider & Apples

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This one-pot pork roast made with cider and apples is a real celebration of the West Country. Mustard adds a subtle warmth and honey lends a little sweetness. It’s a stress-free way of cooking that’s like a casserole, but with the meat in one piece. The recipe uses pork shoulder, another thrifty cut that’s great for feeding a crowd on a budget.

Perfect Chinese-style Crispy Pork Belly

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With perfectly crisp skin and tender meat, Chinese-style crispy pork belly is such a treat when cooked properly. It’s usually served with rice or noodles, but also makes a delicious filling for bao buns.

Garlic Butter Roast Chicken

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If you’re only cooking for a few people this Christmas, why not swap the turkey for a really fantastic quality chicken? Adding the butter under the skin of the bird results in a moist, tasty chicken, aromatic from herbs and garlic. Serve with roasted or mashed potatoes, vegetables and any other trimmings of your choosing

Butternut Squash, Egg & Chestnut Strudel

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This recipe is a fabulous vegetarian alternative to a nut roast for Christmas Day. Sweet and spicy squash and chestnuts encased in rich pancakes and flaky pastry. Cut through the strudel to find golden, soft-boiled eggs hiding inside as an added treat

Pumpkin & Chestnut Cannelloni

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Who says you can’t have pasta on Christmas day? Comforting and a little bit festive, this baked cannelloni would also make a great veggie main course for a wintry dinner table. Serve with a radicchio salad.

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