Roast Duck with Plum Sauce Recipe

Best ever Christmas recipes for ‘anything but turkey’

Check out our 17 best Christmas recipes for 'anything but turkey'. We have recipes for festive mains including spiced maple-glazed ham, roast goose, duck with plums as well as pork and salmon. All great alternatives for Christmas dinner

Try our Christmas ham recipes and other Christmas roasts. In case you don’t fancy turkey this Christmas, we have roast ham, roast goose, guinea fowl and more

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Our Christmas ham recipes are easy to make, from Maryland stuffed ham to sticky pomegranate glazed ham. We also have some fab duck recipes, including one of Dan Doherty’s epic duck ideas, and plenty more poultry roasts for Christmas – capon, goose and classic roast chicken.

Choose from our foolproof recipes for Christmas turkey alternatives. We also have a selection of show-stopping vegetarian centrepieces for the festive season here.


Christmas ham recipes

Maryland stuffed ham

A traditional Thanksgiving favourite in southern Maryland, this unusual recipe from Felicity Cloake stuffs brined ham with a piquant mix of highly spiced greens. Not only does this cut through the rich meat beautifully, but it looks great on the plate. Choose a long, thin gammon joint rather than a wide, fat piece as this will be easier to stuff. You’ll need cheesecloth and butcher’s string for this recipe. The glaze is less traditional (and optional) but will give the ham a nice finish. This’ll be great for a Boxing Day buffet.

Maryland Stuffed Ham Recipe

Sweet and sour sticky pomegranate ham

A brilliant alternative to turkey, goose and lamb on Christmas Day. Or something for Boxing Day, if you’ve run out of meat by then! The aromas while cooking this ham are sensational; leave the kitchen door open so that everyone can enjoy it.

Sweet And Sour Sticky Pomegranate Ham Recipe

Ham with pedro ximenez, fig and almond crust

Sherry, figs and almonds make this ham a great alternative for turkey on Christmas Day. Serve with roast potatoes or with brioche buns to stuff thick slices into.

Ham With Pedro Ximenez, Fig And Almond Crust Recipe

Baked ham with negroni glaze

Our glazed baked ham recipe is inspired by the classic Italian negroni cocktail. The spices infuse the meat for a fragrant flavour and the glaze gives a sweet, boozy hit. This ham works really well for a Sunday roast centrepiece or for an easy Christmas lunch.

Baked ham with a negroni glaze recipe

Spiced maple-glazed ham

This recipe for spiced maple-glazed ham screams Christmas to us. Simmering the ham keeps the meat incredibly juicy, but if you’d rather bake it you can do the first part of cooking in the oven. Put the spices and veg in a roasting tin, cover with about 4cm water then sit the ham on top on a trivet. Cover the tin with a tight double layer of foil and bake at 160C/fan 140C/gas 3 for 4 hours.

Spiced Maple-Glazed Ham Recipe

Roast duck recipes for Christmas and other poultry

Roast duck with plums and star anise

With crispy skin and melt-in-the-mouth duck served with rich plums, this recipe with star anise makes for a perfect Sunday roast or try making it for Christmas lunch.

Roast Duck with Plum Sauce Recipe

Dan Doherty’s duck with lavender honey, and spinach, ricotta and pine nut dumplings

This recipe from Dan Doherty is a great alternative to you usual Sunday roast. The lavender honey is subtly floral but not overpowering, and is used as a glaze. The dumplings, resembling a light gnocchi, are a lighter alternative to traditional roast potatoes.

Dan Doherty's duck with lavender honey, and spinach, ricotta and pine nut dumplings recipe

Slow-roast duck with sweet tamarind

This tender and sticky duck serves four and would make for a great centre piece for a casual dinner party or a Christmas party. Get everyone involved and carve this one on the table before you serve it up with basmati rice and pak choy as a Christmas dinner alternative.

Slow Roast Duck With Sweet Tamarind Recipe

Duck cooked like a pig

Our slow-cooked duck is meltingly tender and full of flavour from the Italian fennel and pancetta. It takes a while in the oven but the prep is so easy and you can put your feet up while it cooks.

Duck cooked like a pig recipe

Capon cooked in spiced mead wine with roasted carrots, sprouts and croutons

Capon, large chicken, is a really special meat to cook over the festive season. The spiced mead gives Ben Spalding’s show stopping recipe a wintery edge.

Capon cooked in spiced mead wine with roasted carrots, sprouts and croutons

Roast goose with roast winter vegetables, apple sauce and gravy

Try goose as a delicious alternative to turkey for Christmas Day this year. Follow this foolproof guide to make a perfect plate of goose, parsnips, swede, apple sauce and gravy

Roast goose with roast winter vegetables, apple sauce and gravy recipe

Roast goose with madeira gravy

Roast goose makes a great alternative to turkey and is delicious with madeira gravy. It’s also easier than you might think.

Roast Goose With Madeira Gravy Recipe

Roast chicken with garlic and thyme croutons

Everyone loves a Sunday roast, and this roast chicken with garlic and thyme croutons makes it even better. Big chunky pieces of sourdough make a trivet for roast chicken and soak up all the delicious juices while it cooks.

Roast chicken with garlic and thyme croutons recipe

Other Christmas roasts recipes

Beef fillet with spiced pears and chestnut pickle

This recipe for beef fillet with spiced pears and chestnut pickle is easy to make but offers something a little bit different during the colder months. Make this as an alternative for Christmas dinner this year.

Beef Fillet Recipe With Spiced Pears and Chestnut Pickle Recipe

Rolled ‘nduja-stuffed pork belly

’Ndjua is a spicy spreadable salami from Calabria and it adds a special twist to Tom Adams’ pork belly recipe. This festive recipe is worth the effort.

Rolled Pork Belly Stuffed With Nduja Recipe

Sumac and olive oil-roasted salmon spiced carrot salad

Christmas is a time when sides of salmon can often be picked up on special offer. In any case cooking a whole side is much cheaper than buying 8 separate pieces.

Sumac and olive oil-roasted salmon with spiced carrot salad recipe
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