Partridge in cider with apples & celery

Festive main course recipes

Dare to be different with our favourite festive mains.

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Serve a partridge as an individual portion for one in this seasonal stew with smoked bacon, Bramley apples, thyme and sage

1 hr
Easy
46 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This vegetarian main course is packed with festive flavours and wrapped in flaky butter pastry - a real Christmas treat

1 hr and 15 mins
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Vegetarian
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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 hr and 20 mins
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Take puff pastry and top with banana shallots and ready-cooked chestnuts for these stylish vegetarian tarts – a great dinner party starter

1 hr and 35 mins
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5 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Red cabbage dotted with berries perfectly cuts through game meat - serve with buttery mashed potatoes

1 hr and 25 mins
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Venison works well in a steamed suet pastry pudding, filled with rich red wine gravy and added belly pork

4 hrs and 40 mins
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Keep this in the freezer ready for dinner parties and serve it with rice and salad or crunchy potatoes and vegetables

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
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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
36 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Gordon's delicious pork pie recipe is perfect for a buffet, picnic or grown-up lunch box

2 hrs and 45 mins
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14 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
29 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
Easy
19 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Serve up a spectacular centrepiece of roast beef with a rich stuffing, and a clever twist on Yorkshire puddings

1 hr and 30 mins
A challenge
18 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Perfect for a veggie Christmas Day centrepiece, this easy pie tastes great with all the traditional trimmings

2 hrs
Easy
Vegetarian
28 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

This warming ginger beer-spiced ham is great for Christmas entertaining as it's simple to prepare ahead of time

4 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
11 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This Middle Eastern-style meal makes a decadent supper for two- serve your young chickens with a spicy and aromatic rice accompaniment

1 hr
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Christmas dinner for two? Forget having to carve a whole duck and enjoy this meltingly soft, crispy skinned leg and breast meat version instead

3 hrs and 50 mins
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Serve up a game version of the classic dinner party puff pastry parcel with mushroom duxelles, prosciutto and mustard

2 hrs and 10 mins
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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 hr and 45 mins
A challenge
5 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Good Food reader Barbara Keen shares her vegetarian loaf recipe with seasonal chestnut and cranberry

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Make this extra special pork pie recipe a couple of days ahead, ready to slice into at your festive buffet party

1 hr and 50 mins
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6 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

A stunning centrepiece for any dinner party - how about trying it as an alternative to turkey at Christmas?

3 hrs and 15 mins
A challenge
5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

55 mins
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27 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Serve salmon with paprika, ginger and honey mustard glaze for an Indian-inspired, original roast

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
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