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Festive main course recipes

33 Recipes

Dare to be different with our favourite festive mains.

Blackberry braised red cabbage with venison

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(1 ratings)
Red cabbage dotted with berries perfectly cuts through game meat - serve with buttery mashed potatoes
1 hour and 25 minutes
Moderately easy

Steamed venison & Port pudding

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Venison works well in a steamed suet pastry pudding, filled with rich red wine gravy and added belly pork
4 hours and 40 minutes
Moderately easy

Lamb with Christmas spices

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(10 ratings)
Keep this in the freezer ready for dinner parties and serve it with rice and salad or crunchy potatoes and vegetables
1 hour and 20 minutes
Easy

Christmas poussin

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(2 ratings)
Prepare ahead and pop in the oven when your guests arrive. Perfect if you don't want to be tied to the kitchen
45 minutes
Easy

Pork & ham pie

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(36 ratings)
Gordon's delicious pork pie recipe is perfect for a buffet, picnic or grown-up lunch box
2 hours and 45 minutes
For the keen cook

Squash & blue cheese Wellington

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(4 ratings)
Having one of these vegetarian pastry rolls in the freezer is ideal for entertaining at the last minute, or as a vegetarian Christmas main
1 hour and 25 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Sticky pork with cranberries

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(18 ratings)
Use up leftover Christmas cranberry sauce in this quick pork braise, lovely with a dollop of mash
40 minutes
Easy

Roast fillet of beef with mushroom stuffing

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(16 ratings)
Serve up a spectacular centrepiece of roast beef with a rich stuffing, and a clever twist on Yorkshire puddings
1 hour and 30 minutes
For the keen cook

Festive squash jalousie

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(12 ratings)
Perfect for a veggie Christmas Day centrepiece, this easy pie tastes great with all the traditional trimmings
2 hours
Easy
Vegetarian

Ginger beer & tangerine glazed ham

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(21 ratings)
This warming ginger beer-spiced ham is great for Christmas entertaining as it's simple to prepare ahead of time
4 hours and 30 minutes
Easy

Lebanese poussin with spiced aubergine pilaf

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This Middle Eastern-style meal makes a decadent supper for two- serve your young chickens with a spicy and aromatic rice accompaniment
1 hour
Moderately easy

Roast duck two ways with spiced clementine sauce

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(6 ratings)
Christmas dinner for two? Forget having to carve a whole duck and enjoy this meltingly soft, crispy skinned leg and breast meat version instead
3 hours and 50 minutes
Moderately easy

Venison Wellington

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Serve up a game version of the classic dinner party puff pastry parcel with mushroom duxelles, prosciutto and mustard
2 hours and 10 minutes
Moderately easy

Ballotine of pheasant

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We talk you through the technique of preparing poultry to create an impressive, easy-to-carve roast - ours is a boned and stuffed pheasant
1 hour and 45 minutes
For the keen cook

Fennel & chestnut loaf with cranberry relish

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Good Food reader Barbara Keen shares her vegetarian loaf recipe with seasonal chestnut and cranberry
1 hour and 15 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Pistachio & cranberry pork pie

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Make this extra special pork pie recipe a couple of days ahead, ready to slice into at your festive buffet party
1 hour and 50 minutes
Moderately easy

Venison & wild mushroom Wellington

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A stunning centrepiece for any dinner party - how about trying it as an alternative to turkey at Christmas?
3 hours and 15 minutes
For the keen cook

Squash & sage pithivier

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This simple pie for one makes a great veggie option for Christmas Day - make as many as you need and freeze ahead
50 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Pigeon pies with bramble gravy

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These puff pastry parcels are packed with rare cooked game, Savoy cabbage and pancetta. Serve with a blackberry gravy
55 minutes
Moderately easy

Spiced roast side of salmon

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(12 ratings)
Serve salmon with paprika, ginger and honey mustard glaze for an Indian-inspired, original roast
30 minutes
Easy
Healthy

Roast beef with caramelised onion gravy

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Rare roast topside is the ultimate centrepiece - make it extra special with Marmite and sweet onion gravy
2 hours
Easy

Parcel-poached salmon with herby mayonnaise

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Beautiful served hot or cold, this poached salmon makes a stunning yet stress-free centrepiece for a buffet lunch
2 hours
Moderately easy

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