10 alternatives to Christmas turkey

Simon Hemelryk / 18 November 2016

From salmon to a vegetarian loaf, if you’re bored with the usual on Christmas Day, here are some fresh ideas.



Cumberland glazed rolled shoulder of lamb with apple-and-pine-nut stuffing

Redcurrant jelly and port or sherry in the glaze gives a festive feel to this dish.

Recipe: Cumberland glazed rolled shoulder of lamb 

Festive vegetarian loaf

Festive layered loaf

Vegetarian Christmas food needn’t be dull or worthy, as this attractive, tasty dish demonstrates.

Recipe: vegetarian festive loaf

Pot roast brisket with Christmas spices

Pot-roast brisket with Christmas spices

A warming winter meal, with a marinade featuring mulled wine, star anise and figs.

Recipe: pot-roast brisket with Christmas spices

Roast duck crown with a cherry and red wine sauce

Roast duck crown with a cherry-and-red wine sauce

Many people prefer the stronger, sweeter taste of duck to turkey. Try this recipe for duck with a cherry and red wine sauce and dauphinoise potatoes.

Recipe: duck with cherry and red wine sauce

James Martin's pork loin with sherry-roasted parsnips and chestnuts

Pork loin with sherry-roasted parsnips and chestnuts

Apart from Santa and carol singing, what says Christmas more than chestnuts? This pork loin with sherry-roasted parsnips and chestnuts makes a great turkey alternative.

Recipe: pork loin with sherry-roasted parsnips

Salmon en croute filled with parsley, lemon and lemon and pepper butter

Salmon en croute

This salmon en croute filled with parsley and lemon and pepper butter is an easy, but delicious fish alternative to white meat.

Recipe: salmon en croute

Beef, beer and chestnut pie

Beef, beer and chestnut pie

A hearty, warming, boozy treat.

Recipe: beef, beer and chestnut pie

Lemon roast chicken

Roast lemon-infused chicken

An affordable, simple choice for those that find turkey too dry.

Recipe: roast lemon-infused chicken

Glazed Christmas ham

Christmas glazed ham

This glistening, golden brown dish is full of Yuletide appeal.

Recipe: Christmas ham

John Torode's beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

The Masterchef presenter and chef John Torode gives his take on a classic beef Wellington.

Recipe beef Wellington

If the idea of doing something slightly different on Christmas Day appeals to you, read our feature on people who do everything from climbing mountains to caving, in the December issue of Saga Magazine.

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