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Turkey shmurkey! If you’re bored of cooking the same old bird every year for Christmas, take a look at our 8 favourite recipes (which have been tried and tested by us), for an alternative main for the big day!


  1. Gammon cooked in coke with a maple and mustard glaze. Who says gammon should be reserved for boxing day? We think this classic meat tastes delicious cooked like this, and it’s so easy to make. The coke, maple syrup and mustard flavours all come together wonderfully, and the smell of the meat cooking will definitely get your mouth watering! Our favourite recipe for this is by #BBCGoodFood, take a look here 


  1. Roasted Duck. We know that duck can be an acquired taste, however, if cooked properly this bird can be a delight to the palate! Duck meat is fatty, so the trick is when roasting it, is to score and prick the meat all over, so the fat can run out when cooking. It is worth noting that what might look like a big bird will reduce considerably when cooked, so we recommend choosing a larger one. Our favourite recipe is by #JamieOliver for #ChristmasRoastDuck with crispy potatoes and port gravy. Yummy!


  1. Butternut Squash Roulade. OK, so we know that you might be thinking “Butternut squash? Really?” But, don’t judge a book by its cover as this recipe by delicious is simply, well... delicious and is guaranteed to get your taste buds dancing all over the place! Try it out for yourself


  1. Beef Wellington. You may have winced when we said this, thinking that it’s too much of a difficult dish to make. But, contrary to popular belief, this classic and impressive dish takes just 20 minutes to prepare, if you follow this recipe by Gordon Ramsay.


  1. Vegan Rainbow Pie. This main is a little more difficult to make, but we say it’s worth it. For when you cut into this pie your guests will be wowed by how great it looks inside. We like this recipe by #SophieGodwin who is part of the BBC Good Food cookery team.


  1. Roast Goose. Goose used to be a traditional choice of main at Christmas before turkeys became a popular alternative in the 1950s. But we like goose meat because is packed with favour, unlike some turkey meat which can taste of nothing. Goose it is a ‘fatty’ bird like duck, however, most of the fat is under the skin and not in the meat, so when it’s cooking the fat melts, and this is what stops the meat from drying out. This is a good recipe to try by #BBCGoodFood.


  1. Chestnut, spinach and blue cheese en croute. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to appreciate this dish, because as soon as you tuck in you’ll experience a taste sensation. At first, we didn’t know what to expect with this recipe, but the earthy taste of the chestnuts compliments the spinach and blue cheese, and the flaky butter pastry tastes divine. The good thing about this recipe is that it tastes even better the next day, so you can serve it up on Boxing day too!


  1. And now for something completely differentIf meat or vegetables are not your thing, then you’re bound to love this recipe for whole roasted stuffed salmon by #JamieOliver


Have we left you feeling inspired to break free from the shackles of cooking a traditional turkey? 

If you decide to make any of these recipes, don’t forget to let us know what you think by visiting our Facebook page.

🎄🎄🎄We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year🎄🎄🎄