Sliced whole gammon cooked in cola, served on a plate with some slices cut

Christmas centrepiece recipes

69 Recipes

Discover showstopping turkey alternatives for your Christmas dinner. We have delicious recipes for pork, beef, goose and salmon, plus plenty of veggie options.

Slow cooker gammon in cola

4.37838

(37 ratings)

Fill your kitchen with the smell of Christmas with this slow cooked gammon. The cola adds a sweet treacly flavour to balance the saltiness of the ham.
  • 6 hours and 10 mins
  • Easy

Christmas dinner Wellington

4.625

(8 ratings)

Mix up your festive main with this fabulous Christmas dinner Wellington. A make-ahead meal in one, it incorporates stuffing and cranberry sauce, so all you need to think about on the big day is the veg and gravy
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • More effort

Marmalade glazed roast duck

4

(7 ratings)

Try roast duck as an easy alternative to the usual turkey dinner on Christmas Day. A sticky Seville orange and marmalade glaze makes it even more festive
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy

Glazed gammon

4.94737

(19 ratings)

Add a sticky honey and mustard glaze to gammon for a delicious sweetness that contrasts with the saltiness of the meat. It's great for a celebration supper...
  • 2 hours and 20 mins
  • Easy

Squash, winter herb & crispy butter bean pie

4.444445

(9 ratings)

Make this hearty squash pie to serve as an alternative vegetarian Christmas centrepiece. It's festive and contains plenty of herby flavour...
  • 2 hours and 40 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Cranberry & lentil bake

4.285715

(14 ratings)

Double or triple the quantities of this festive cranberry and lentil bake to serve more people, if you like. You can make it up to two days before serving
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Ham & crackling

5

(6 ratings)

Cook this festive ham up to three days ahead and keep it covered in the fridge (and the crackling, in an airtight container) to save on stress when entertaining
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Easy

Sweet potato parcel

4.42857

(7 ratings)

Bake this moreish sweet potato parcel as a vegan Christmas Day centrepiece, enhanced with the festive flavours of sage and chestnuts
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Easy salmon coulibiac

3.666665

(3 ratings)

This dish of pastry-wrapped rice and fish is easy but impressive so it works well as a midweek meal or dinner party centrepiece
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy

Stuffed saddle of venison with prunes & brioche

5

(2 ratings)

Venison might not be the first meat that comes to mind when choosing a roast, but it gives great results – especially when stuffed with prunes and brioche...
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • More effort

Beetroot & red onion tarte tatin

4.51515

(33 ratings)

Bake our vegan tart for a showstopper at a dinner party. The bold red of beetroot against the green salad also makes it ideal for a meat-free Christmas Day
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Christmas pie

4.73

(100 ratings)

Combine a few key Christmas flavours here to make a pie that both children and adults will adore
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • More effort

Gordon's Christmas roast goose

4.69231

(26 ratings)

Gordon Ramsay shows you how to cook the chefs’ choice of Christmas main courses – a golden goose. Keep the fat to use through the winter months...
  • 4 hours and 5 mins
  • A challenge

Roast lamb stuffed with apricot & mint

4

(1 rating)

Take roast lamb to another level with a flavourful apricot and mint stuffing. Great for a Sunday roast, or as an alternative to turkey at Christmas
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • More effort

Vegan Christmas wreath

3.77778

(9 ratings)

Bake our vegan Christmas wreath with spinach, pine nuts and tofu as a centrepiece for a meat-free Christmas Day. Adorn with festive cranberries and dill
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Slow cooker pork loin

4.88889

(9 ratings)

Cook your Sunday lunch in the slow cooker this weekend. The pork stays succulent and moist and the vegetables are cooked alongside in the tasty gravy.
  • 5 hours and 30 mins
  • Easy

Slow cooker ham with sticky ginger glaze

4.526315

(19 ratings)

A small gammon will easily fit in a slow cooker. Cook it low and slow for homemade glazed ham that's ideal for sandwiches, party buffets or simply sliced and served with chips...
  • 7 hours and 40 mins
  • Easy

Slow-cooked goose with cranberry salsa

0

(0 ratings)

The salsa’s fruity, delicate heat is a good contrast to the richness of the goose, and makes a fresh alternative to the traditional cranberry sauce...
  • 4 hours and 35 mins
  • More effort

Butternut, sage & hazelnut quiche

4

(9 ratings)

Hosting a veggie dinner party? Try our autumnal quiche with butternut squash, plus sage and hazelnut for a festive flavour – ideal for a meat-free Christmas...
  • 2 hours and 50 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

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