Partridge in cider with apples & celery

Festive main course recipes

37 Recipes

Dare to be different with our favourite festive mains.

Chestnut, spinach & blue cheese en croûte

4.6875

(12 ratings)

This vegetarian main course is packed with festive flavours like nutmeg and cloves, then wrapped in flaky butter pastry - a real Christmas treat
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Beef fillet with horseradish & prosciutto

5

(4 ratings)

Wrapping this alternative Christmas roast or Sunday dinner in ham adds flavour and protects the meat, resulting in a really tender cut of beef
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • More effort

Steamed venison & Port pudding

5

(1 rating)

Venison works well in a steamed suet pastry pudding, filled with rich red wine gravy and added belly pork
  • 4 hours and 40 mins
  • More effort

Lamb with Christmas spices

4.454545

(11 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 mins
  • Easy

Christmas poussin

5

(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 mins
  • Easy

Pork & ham pie

4.805555

(36 ratings)

Gordon's delicious pork pie recipe is perfect for a buffet, picnic or grown-up lunch box
  • 2 hours and 45 mins
  • A challenge

Squash & blue cheese Wellington

4.583335

(6 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 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Sticky pork with cranberries

4.397725

(22 ratings)

Use up leftover Christmas cranberry sauce in this quick pork braise, lovely with a dollop of mash
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Festive squash jalousie

4.55357

(14 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

4.363635

(22 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 mins
  • Easy

Venison Wellington

5

(3 ratings)

Serve up a game version of the classic dinner party puff pastry parcel with mushroom duxelles, prosciutto and mustard
  • 2 hours and 10 mins
  • More effort

Ballotine of pheasant

0

(0 ratings)

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 mins
  • A challenge

Pistachio & cranberry pork pie

4.333335

(3 ratings)

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 mins
  • More effort

Venison & wild mushroom Wellington

5

(6 ratings)

A stunning centrepiece for any dinner party - how about trying it as an alternative to turkey at Christmas?
  • 3 hours and 15 mins
  • A challenge

Squash & sage pithivier

4

(4 ratings)

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

Pigeon pies with bramble gravy

5

(2 ratings)

These puff pastry parcels are packed with rare cooked game, Savoy cabbage and pancetta. Serve with a blackberry gravy
  • 55 mins
  • More effort

Spiced roast side of salmon

4.64706

(17 ratings)

Serve salmon with paprika, ginger and honey mustard glaze for an Indian-inspired, original roast
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

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