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

Christmas centrepiece recipes

64 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

4.25

(12 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

4.75

(4 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

4.25

(4 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

Cranberry & lentil bake

4.42857

(7 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

(5 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

4.333335

(6 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

5

(1 rating)

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

(1 rating)

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

4.57143

(21 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

4.7449

(98 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

4.81818

(22 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

0

(0 ratings)

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

3.857145

(7 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

4.666665

(3 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

4.42857

(14 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

3.666665

(6 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

Vegan pie

4.444445

(9 ratings)

Make this fantastic beetroot, sweet potato, chard and celeriac rainbow-layered pie as a stunning centrepiece for a vegan Christmas or dinner party
  • 2 hours and 45 mins
  • A challenge
  • Vegetarian

Pomegranate-braised pork belly

4

(1 rating)

Christmassy spices and tender pork combined with the tart flavours of pomegranate and lemon make this a fabulously warming winter main course
  • 2 hours and 15 mins
  • Easy

Easy roast chicken

0

(0 ratings)

Make our easy roast chicken as a feast for the family at the weekend. Serve this Sunday lunch favourite with seasonal veg, roast potatoes and gravy
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Easy

Beetroot & squash Wellingtons with kale pesto

4.789475

(19 ratings)

Put some welly in your Christmas dinner. Make these vegan Wellingtons ahead of time for a less stressed Christmas dinner. Even the meat eaters will love them!
  • 2 hours
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Game pie with cranberries & chestnuts

0

(0 ratings)

Make this impressive looking pie and keep it in the fridge, ready for a lunch buffet. The simple hot water crust pastry is well worth the effort
  • 3 hours and 25 mins
  • A challenge

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