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14 Christmas roast recipes

Published: December 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm
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Want to try something different this Christmas? Try our centrepieces from whole-roast goose, guinea fowl, maple-glazed ham, roast beef and more for Christmas Day

Looking for Christmas roast recipes? In case you don't fancy turkey this Christmas, we have roast ham, roast goose, guinea fowl and more to try as turkey alternatives. We also have a selection of show-stopping vegetarian Christmas dinner recipes for the festive season here.


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 – capon, goose and classic roast chicken. Put together an impressive spread with all the trimmings with our best Christmas recipes. After, take a look at our four festive entertaining ideas for more inspiration.

Best Christmas roast recipes

Glazed Christmas ham with pineapple relish

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 try this to go alongside your Christmas Day turkey.

Glazed Gammon with Pineapple Relish

Maryland ham recipe

Want an impressive ham recipe for your Boxing Day buffet? Check out this unusual brined ham with a piquant mix of spiced greens recipe. 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.

Maryland Stuffed Ham Recipe

Christmas duck recipe with crispy potatoes

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.

Duck Leg Recipes with Potatoes

Roast beef with marsala wild mushrooms

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.

Roast beef with marsala wild mushrooms

Christmas roast duck recipe with plums

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. Discover our best plum recipes here.

Roast Duck with Plum Sauce Recipe

Festive duck recipe with dumplings

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.

Roast Duck With Lavender Honey and Dumplings

Roast partridge with barley and roots salad

Need an impressive centrepiece for your Christmas feast? Chef Mark Lloyd nestles whole partridges in a warm barley base for an easy recipe to cook game at home.

Roast Partridge Recipe with Pears and a Barley and Roots Salad

Roast chicken with kiev butter

Thinking of serving up chicken instead of turkey this Christmas? Smother a whole chicken in garlicky, lemony butter and roast for an easy, flavour-packed festive family meal.

Baked Chicken Kiev For an Easy Roast Chicken Recipe

Christmas capon with roasted vegetables

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. Serve with roasted carrots, sprouts and croutons.

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

Roast goose with madeira gravy

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 than you might think.

Roast Goose With Madeira Gravy Recipe

Salmon with crispy spuds and zhoug

Perk up your party buffet with this punchy side of salmon served with crispy potatoes, perfect for entertaining over the festive season.

Salmon with Zhoug Recipe and Crispy Potatoes

Herb-stuffed rolled lamb breast

Roll 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.

Rolled Lamb Breast Recipe Stuffed with Herbs

Christmas roast pork with apple stuffing

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.

Stuffed Pork Shoulder Recipe

Fillet of beef recipe for Christmas with chestnuts

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. More beef recipes here.

Beef Fillet Recipe With Spiced Pears and Chestnut Pickle Recipe

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