15 mouth-watering Christmas Day mains
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!
The only recipe for Christmas turkey you’ll ever need, plus a rich turkey gravy
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.
This is an excellent and equally impressive alternative to roast turkey. It’s all-in-one, too: the stuffing cooks inside the joint!
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.
Festive duck with a Spanish twist! This dish has all the elements of the perfect Christmas centrepiece, but is incredibly easy to prepare.
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.
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.
Feast your eyes upon our glorious baked ham - smothered in a delicious sweet and salty glaze.
Nigel Slater’s Ham with Juniper & Cider
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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