Thinking about what to serve at your Christmas dinner? A roast turkey is a classic option, but let's be honest, not everyone is necessarily a fan of the big bird. Don't feel like you must go down that route - there are plenty of other meaty, festive options that's not turkey. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your Christmas menu.
6 delicious main recipes for Christmas dinner
1. Beef Wellington
This is not for the faint-hearted. A tender beef fillet on a bed of mushrooms, encased in crispy puff pastry, beef wellington is notoriously difficult to make. If you are going to accept the challenge of beef wellington this Christmas, start with Gordon Ramsay's recipe. Ramsay is famous for his beef wellington and the video recipe is full of helpful tips to create this impressive Christmas main dish.
Whip out your favourite serving dish and show off a gorgeous rack of ribs at the centre of the table. Fragrant with rosemary and thyme, your oven will do most of the work for this Christmas dish.
If you are worried about doneness, get yourself a meat thermometer and check the internal temperature of the meat: look for 70C/150F for medium, 77C/170F for well done, and 63C/145F for medium-rare.
Bake an entire fish in salt with thyme and lemon this Christmas. If you haven't tried baking fish in salt before, you would be surprised at how perfectly seasoned it turns out. Just remember to use a whole fish, with skin, head, tail and all, to avoid a salty disaster.
A spice-herb mix made of caraway seeds, cloves and marjoram is rubbed onto the pork before being braised in stock and beer. Creamy polenta is the perfect accompaniment for this flavoursome pork dish.
Lamb is not only for Easter. A herby crust tops this impressive roast lamb rack served on a bed of vegetables. Mix up the vegetables depending on what you can find fresh at the market.
Don't forget that duck is always an option for an easy bird to serve at Christmas. Tender duck breasts with crispy skin is served with a super-easy pomegranate sauce in this recipe that anyone can make.