21 Christmas dinner recipes
Looking for Christmas dinner inspiration? We've got all the bases covered, from a stuffed turkey breast, to sticky glazed hams and crispy roast duck
Looking for Christmas roast recipes? Our foolproof guide to cooking roast turkey, with handy tips and tricks plus ideas for alternative meats including roast ham, roast goose and guinea fowl, means you won't be short on inspiration this Christmas. We also have a selection of showstopping vegetarian Christmas dinner recipes for the festive season, as well as plenty of delicious vegan Christmas dinner ideas.
Our Christmas ham recipes are easy to make, from Maryland stuffed ham to sticky pomegranate glazed ham. We also have some delicious duck recipes and plenty more poultry roasts for Christmas, including capon, pheasant, goose and classic roast chicken. Put together an impressive spread with all the trimmings with our best Christmas recipes and Christmas buffet ideas. After, take a look at our four festive entertaining ideas for more inspiration and our best Christmas table decoration ideas.
Best Christmas dinner recipes
Discover everything you need to know about cooking the perfect roast turkey – including how to keep it tender and juicy – plus storage and reheating tips, along with the complete recipe. Serve it alongside our easy homemade turkey gravy for a classic Christmas dinner that's sure to impress.
This easy stuffed turkey breast looks a lot more complicated than it really is, thanks to the bacon lattice. The lattice also helps keep the meat moist and flavourful. Discover our best turkey recipes, as well as ideas for using up your leftover turkey.
This ham can be scaled up or down in size – just use the calculations in the recipe. Rather than the fuss of boiling then baking, we prefer to tent the ham with foil and bake in its own juices before glazing. Why not serve this alongside your Christmas Day turkey?
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Want an impressive ham recipe for your Boxing Day buffet? Check out this unusual brined ham, with a piquant mix of spiced greens. Not only does this cut through the rich meat beautifully, but it looks great on the plate. The glaze is less traditional (and optional), but will give the ham a nice finish.
Flavour your gammon joint with orange, star anise, honey and chilli for an effortless Christmas centrepiece, paired with fiery roast potatoes.
Cook all the components of a Christmas lunch on oven trays – the turkey, golden roasties, pigs in blankets and all the trimmings – in just two hours with this effortless recipe.
Cook your turkey legs and breast in a heady red wine sauce for a Christmassy take on coq au vin. Once it's in the oven, this effortless dish takes care of itself.
Check out our indulgent roast duck legs with super-crispy potatoes and spiced cherry sauce. You can scale this up or down, with one leg and 200-250g of potatoes per person.
This rib of beef is the ultimate showstopper – crisp on the outside and blushing pink on the inside – served with a rich mushroom and marsala sauce for an umami hit.
Our best vegan Wellington recipe, stuffed with fried parsnips, mushrooms, lentils, crispy sage and sweet apple. It's the perfect Christmas Day centrepiece.
Looking for an impressive alternative to your turkey this Christmas? This recipe 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.
Need an impressive centrepiece for your Christmas feast? Chef Mark Lloyd nestles whole partridges in a warm barley base for an easy game recipe to cook at home.
Thinking of serving chicken instead of turkey this Christmas? Smother a whole chicken in garlicky, lemony butter and roast for an easy, flavour-packed festive family meal.
Capon (large chicken) is a really special meat to cook over the festive season. The spiced mead gives Ben Spalding's showstopping recipe a wintry edge. Serve with roasted carrots, sprouts and croutons.
Our roast goose is delicious with madeira gravy, and makes a great alternative to turkey to serve guests at your Christmas Day feast. It's also easier to make than you might think.
Perk up your party buffet with this punchy side of salmon served with crispy potatoes, perfect for entertaining over the festive season.
Roll up this great-value cut of lamb with mustard and herbs, then bake until soft and tender so it falls apart into the white wine onion gravy – an easy yet flavour-packed festive centrepiece.
Looking for a hearty centrepiece to serve friends and family over the festive season? Check out our impressive pork shoulder hog roast with easy spiced apple stuffing. You’ll need butcher’s string to tie this up – if you get your pork from a butcher, ask for some string when you buy it.
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.
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Allspice, cinnamon and star anise bring festive flavour to this maple-glazed ham – the slow simmering technique keeps the meat succulent and juicy.