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 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
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
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
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
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
A hearty, warming, boozy treat.
Recipe: beef, beer and chestnut pie
Roast lemon-infused chicken
An affordable, simple choice for those that find turkey too dry.
Recipe: roast lemon-infused chicken
Christmas glazed ham
This glistening, golden brown dish is full of Yuletide appeal.
Recipe: Christmas ham
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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