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

Christmas centrepiece recipes

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

43 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Make this vegetable tatin with nuts and cheese as a Christmas showstopper. Perfect for a veggie family, it also makes a great Boxing Day buffet centrepiece

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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10 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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…

1 hr and 45 mins
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7 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
20 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 20 mins
Easy
11 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Make this hearty squash pie to serve as an alternative vegetarian Christmas centrepiece. It's festive and contains plenty of herby flavour

2 hrs and 40 mins
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Vegetarian
12 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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
Vegan
3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Serve up a winter feast with our roast pork loin and homemade sage and onion stuffing. Carve the joint into pork chops and enjoy with sweet apples and crisp roasties 

3 hrs and 20 mins
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6 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 40 mins
Easy
7 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Bake this moreish sweet potato parcel as a vegan Christmas Day centrepiece, enhanced with the festive flavours of sage and chestnuts

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
Vegan
3 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star 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 hr and 10 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Cook goose glazed in honey and spices for an alternative to turkey this Christmas. Serve with herby confit potatoes

4 hrs
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Gluten-free
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star 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 hr and 45 mins
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35 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 30 mins
Easy
Vegan
100 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Combine a few key Christmas flavours here to make a pie that both children and adults will adore

1 hr and 45 mins
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25 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Gordon Ramsay shows you how to cook the chef's choice of Christmas main courses – a golden goose. Keep the fat to use through the winter months

4 hrs and 5 mins
A challenge
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Looking for an alternative to turkey? The lush green pistachio stuffing in this spiced roast chicken is very festive, so it's ideal for Christmas lunch

2 hrs and 10 mins
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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 hr and 40 mins
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9 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Vegan
11 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
19 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 40 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This indian spiced roast chicken makes a great alternative to a traditional Sunday roast. Try with black pepper and garlic sweet potato wedges 

2 hrs
Easy
Gluten-free
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Balance out an oily fish, such as salmon, with homemade pickled cranberries. They also add a fun, Christmassy feel to the dish

45 mins
Easy
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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 hrs and 35 mins
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