Partridge in cider with apples & celery

Festive main course recipes

Dare to be different with our favourite festive mains.

13 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Rare roast topside is the ultimate centrepiece - make it extra special with Marmite and sweet onion gravy

2 hrs
Easy
42 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

This generous dish of melt-in-the-mouth lamb feels extravagant, but is an inexpensive way to feed a crowd

4 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
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49 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This classic roast pork recipe with lots of delicious crackling is great for Sunday lunch with the family. Top with our tasty apple & cider gravy

2 hrs and 30 mins
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6 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Sage and sausage meat are stuffed inside a pork loin to create a moist, flavoursome Sunday lunch main for a crowd

2 hrs and 5 mins
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5 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Beautiful served hot or cold, this poached salmon makes a stunning yet stress-free centrepiece for a buffet lunch

2 hrs
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9 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Don't be scared of cooking game - you can cook pheasant breasts as you would chicken

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
7 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

A relaxed roast to feed a crowd - the tender chicory and delicious juices mean you needn't cook separate veg and gravy

4 hrs
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7 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

For a really special Sunday lunch pheasant is a good choice. The parma ham crisps us beautifully in the oven and gives the pheasant an eye-catching edge

1 hr and 20 mins
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5 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

This game bird is the perfect size for two – enjoy with a Puy lentil ragout and a tarragon and parsley cream sauce

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Try beef cheek and lamb or ox kidney is this sumptuous pie with homemade pastry. Use a piece of bone marrow as a pie funnel - it's a talking point!

3 hrs and 50 mins
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21 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Fancy a cross between a traditional roasted ham and pulled pork? Use pineapple, treacle and ginger marinade as a tropical glaze

5 hrs and 15 mins
Easy
6 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This festive game bird makes an ideal Christmas dinner for two. The portions are generous so you'll have leftovers to enjoy

2 hrs and 5 mins
Easy
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Marinade your fillet with peppercorn, fennel and mustard seeds then roast until rare - the gravy is gluten-free too!

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
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