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Tempted to Trade in Your Turkey? Here are 8 Meaty Alternatives

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Tempted to Trade in Your Turkey? Here are 8 Meaty Alternatives
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If you’re tired of turkey or the thought of all the leftovers is too much, mix things up this Christmas or Thanksgiving and opt for a meaty alternative with this selection of ideas.

Cook up a chicken and you can still go with the usual trimmings so you can still get you Christmas flavours, with easier preparation and a faster cooking time, leaving you free to enjoy the festivities without the stress.

Or think about going for visual impact, like a beautifully presented rack of lamb or beef wellington where you still have a great centre piece and talking point without the bird.

IF you're looking for some new flavours, consider goose, duck, pigeon or pheasant that all cook faster than a turkey and will be a refreshing change. There's always the option for a nice smoked ham for pork lovers too.

So while turkey is usually the star of Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, it doesn't mean you can't put a spin on tradition. Have a look at these meaty alternatives to turkey and see if you’re tempted to trade in the turkey.

Beef Wellington

This decadent and flavoursome dish is an ideal Thanksgiving main course. A tender beef fillet is smothered in a savory mushroom sauce, covered in puff pastry and baked to perfection. This will be a guaranteed feast to remember.

Pheasant with Bacon and Prunes

Mix things up by serving game on your festive occasion. The Sweet and salty flavor combination of pheasant, bacon and prunes is a sure winner.


A tender lamb rack is an impressive looking roast to present at the table, your guests are sure to forget about the turkey. Roast up with a mix of veggies in the same pan for a full on flavour fusion.

Rosemary Roasted Chicken Recipe

This recipe is for those who'd like to stick to poultry but don't want to go through the trouble of cooking a giant bird.

Smoked Ham Roast

A great alternative to turkey, this smoked ham will pair well with all of your holiday food for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Goose Breast with Dried Apricots

The sweetness of apricots really highlights the delicate flavor of goose - you won't regret trying this alternative to turkey.

Pigeon with Chantrelles

A recipe from renown British chef and Italian food lover Theo Randall who pairs juicy pigeon breasts with chantrelles.

Duck Breast wtih Pomegranate

Ruby-colored pomegranate lends a festive touch to this tender duck breast recipe that takes basically no time to prepare.


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