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21st Dec 2013

Goodbye Big Bird: Top Alternatives to the Christmas Turkey This Year

Una Kavanagh

Sick of turkey year-after-year and looking to try something completely new? We hear you.

Too many times have we had a turkey and ham overload during the festive season, so why not try an alternative? Here are five great recipe ideas that should tickle your tastebuds.

Succulent Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary and Garlic

Roast lamb is a delicious alternative to the Christmas turkey. Juicy, tender and full of flavour, a leg of lamb can last you a couple of days and is even more mouth-watering the day after. This amazing recipe from BBC Food will have you sorted in no time to help you host the Christmas meal of your dreams.

A Juicy Duck

Why not try to cook an alternative bird this Christmas? Duck is one of those meats that people are fearful of cooking but it’s actually quite simple to get great flavour out of it. This lovely recipe for a duck fillet in orange, should be right up your alley if you’re looking to change it up this festive season.


Salmon En Croute

Have fish lovers in the house? Salmon en croute is the way to go if you’re looking to satisfy those seafood cravings. Served up with roast potatoes and vegetables, this easy recipe from RTÉ Food is worth giving a go!


Divine Roast Belly of Pork

Prepared the right way and cooked properly, pork belly is oozing with flavour. Donal Skehan’s recipe for crispy pork belly with potatoes and salad greens is a fantastic alternative to the big bird.

Vegetarian Chestnut Loaf

Not a meat fan? Don’t worry, this vegetarian alternative will still have you full and content at the dinner table. A take on the classic meatloaf, this chestnut loaf recipe from BBC Good Food is well worth checking out this December.


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