10 twists on classic roast turkey
If you're looking for a new way to serve your Christmas turkey dinner, try one of our favourite twists on the classic.
Some will say it's not Christmas without roast turkey, but it's not always everyone's favourite meat. Over the years, we've rustled up some tried-and-tested new versions for how to serve your annual Christmas main, from roast turkey wrapped in bacon to a spicy jerk turkey.
Check out more of our Christmas menu ideas if you're looking to try something a bit different this year, and to help keep you on track, read our Christmas lunch menu plan for recipes ideas, prep, and cooking timings.
Wrap turkey breast in sausagemeat and streaky bacon for an impressive all-in-one main course. It's a great option if you don't want to cook a whole turkey, and it's cheaper too. Serve with some crispy roast potatoes on the side and lashings of gravy.
You'll definitely be going back for more of this marmalade-glazed roast turkey. Marmalade, oranges and rosemary provide a sweet, sharp flavour that will become a new Christmas favourite. It's delicious but isn't any harder to make than your standard roast turkey. Check out our ideas for leftover turkey and find out.
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This alternative main stuffed with pistachios, cranberries and sausagemeat can be made up to 48 hours in advance. Make sure you check the size of your roll against your air-fryer. If it's too long, you can make this wider and shorter. If you're looking to make the most out of your gadget this year, check out more of our air-fryer Christmas recipes.
If you're after something stress-free to cook and easy to carve, this wellington is a good option. You can assemble it two or three days in advance, so all you have to do is put it in the oven on Christmas Day, giving you more all-important family time. Carve into thick slices and cover in gravy.
Not only is a wellington easy to make, but it also makes it a fraction of the price of buying a whole bird. This one is stuffed with brie, cranberries and stuffing for an instant Christmas hit. These buttery sage & onion sprouts would make the perfect side dish.
This creamy lemon, pancetta and rosemary turkey is wonderfully succulent and moist. Carving into it will reveal a gorgeous layer of creamy mascarpone and pancetta mix, which subtly flavours the meat. Serve with all your usual trimmings for the ultimate Christmas feast.
This is another one that you can make mostly ahead of time if you like to be prepped and ready to go on Christmas Day. It takes turkey to a whole new level, adding some spice with whole chorizo and sausage stuffing running through the middle. It looks amazing when you cut into it.
8. Jerk turkey
For a delicious Caribbean twist on the traditional roast, try these jerk turkey legs for an alternative main that's sure to be remembered. For ultimate flavour, marinate your turkey up to 24 hours before you need them, so that delicious, spicy island flavour has time to soak in. Serve with a side of homemade coleslaw and rice and peas.
Succulent cider-roasted turkey with tender glazed apples and pear makes the ultimate centrepiece for your Christmas table. The stuffing also makes for a lovely cross section when you cut into it. It's different and sophisticated – great if you're looking to impress this year.
The addition of apple and juniper in this turkey adds a Scandinavian-inspired flavour. Adding lingonberry jam or redcurrant sauce to your turkey cooking juices gives your gravy a touch of sweetness, too.