Christmas is coming! Now is the time to think about the main event. Turkey is not the only option for Christmas dinner, and to be perfectly honest I’m not the bird’s biggest fan. Here are some other options for your table this Christmas.
This is the traditional British festive bird, and a favourite of mine for Christmas dinner. There isn’t as much meat as on a turkey, but it’s great if you’re just cooking for immediate family as it serves around 8 people. Advantages of cooking goose are that you can use the excess fat for your Goose Fat Roasted Potatoes and as it’s a flatter bird you can get more in the oven. Check out my Roast Goose recipe from a couple of years ago.
Lamb is a great meat to cook as it’s generally tender and stays quite moist. If you like lean meat Roast Leg of Lamb is great. If you need to save space in your oven you can cook your potatoes and/or veggies in the same roasting dish. For a super low-maintenance dinner try my Slow Cooker Roasted Lamb recipe.
Whether there are two or twenty of you for Christmas dinner, beef is a great meat to scale recipes up and down. You can use special cuts or recipes to make it a bit different from Sunday dinner, such as Steak en Croute or Beef Wellington. If there’s just a couple of you try my Boneless Rib of Beef recipe.
Pork is a really great meat for those on a budget. Roast Shoulder of Pork is affordable and tastes great, plus everyone loves crackling. To save space in your oven why not try the slow cooker version of my Braised Pork recipe, which can be made with pork leg or shoulder.
I hope these ideas and recipes inspire and help you this Christmas.