I know, it pains me to write this but did you know that there are some people out there that actually don’t want to eat roast turkey on Christmas Day? If I had a pound for everytime I hear someone say ‘Why don’t we have a change on Christmas Day and not have turkey?’ I’d have lots of pounds I tell you. I mean it’s Christmas Day for goodness sake! The one day of the year when we do have turkey! Rant over, this article is to show you what alternatives there are if you are one of those people who do not fancy roast turkey for Christmas.
Thing is, if you are having a replacement, it’s got to be a fantastic alternative and not a run of the mill Sunday roast that you would normally have. So if you are choosing something different, make sure it’s suitably special and not what you would normally eat. For instance, if you are going for beef, try an aged rib of beef and not a cheaper silverside or topside cut that you’ve had before. And as for poultry, chicken is out of the question, why not have a go at guinea fowl, goose or duck? Thing is, with turkey, you know exactly where you are and what trimmings you should be cooking with it. But, if you insist on cooking something different, here are our suggestions for an alternative roast on Christmas Day. Bah humbug!
As mentioned previously, a huge roast rib of beef, cooked rare with a red wine gravy, tons of Yorkshire puddings cooked in the dripping, roast or fondant potatoes, glazed carrots, red cabbage and button onions is a fine alternative to turkey. Make sure the beef is not overcooked and slice at the table for added kudos.
A goose is a great substitute for turkey as it cooks in practically the same fashion and you can use the same extras, such as sausage meat stuffing, cocktail sausages, brussels and carrots as your trimmings. Make a special gravy with white wine or try a Madeira sauce instead.
How about a huge ham on the bone, cooked in stock and finished off in the oven with maple syrup? You could serve this up in a few ways; one is to have a white wine or parsley sauce, accompanied with seasonal vegetables and mini roast potatoes, or, go for a big one pan bubble and squeak affair with mashed up brussels, carrots, potatoes and onions, then plonk a poached egg on top and serve with various table sauces for a more informal lunch.
The most popular fish is of course salmon and around this time of year you tend to get good supermarket deals so capitalise on what is on offer. You can still go down the roast dinner route with salmon, just make sure you serve a sauce and don’t overcook the fish. A great sauce with salmon is a traditional dill sauce, but why not try a red wine reduction which works equally well and is a little more special.
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