5 Great Alternatives to Christmas Dinner
Many people use Christmas dinner as a great opportunity to enjoy their favourite meal of the year. Turkey is considered the norm however recently, more so than ever, people have been experimenting more and more and often want to attempt something a little more adventurous for Christmas dinner. This can mean using different meats, looking overseas for inspiration or perhaps experimenting with a vegetarian option. Below we highlight some great alternatives to the standard Christmas dinner:
Rather than choosing goose or turkey at Christmas, why not experiment with venison. Widely regarded as one of the finer meats, this luxurious dish involves marinating the meat with garlic, rosemary, rapeseed oil and salt. From here you can then use an oven to slow it cook to tender perfection. As for the trimmings, we suggest these remain the same in order to give the dish that same Christmas feel with a slightly different angle.
2) Pork Vindaloo
This is a dish traditionally made by Goan Christians in South East Asia on Christmas Day and this can be a fantastic alternative to those who prefer something a little spicier at Christmas time. Pork vindaloo is served with boiled or jeera rice and tends to use a combination of spices and malt vinegar, rather than wine, for marinating. The full recipe and more information on the background of this dish can be seen here.
3) Red Pepper, Feta and Courgette Lasagne
Christmas can be a difficult time for vegetarians, while everyone else is getting excited for Turkey and the trimmings, vegetarians are often left underwhelmed. For a vegetarian dish that is simple to cook, look no further than this wonderful dish. The name of the dish largely speaks for itself in terms of flavour and ingredients however it can be accompanied with oil, crumbled feta and mascarpone for a delicious touch.
4) Lamb Wellington
For another meat option, lamb wellington is a great choice. The dish is typically a little more complex than your regular Christmas dinner – you will need to trim lamb cannons and serve with seasoning and pastry folded around the lamb to create a wonderful wellington shape for baking. For the full recipe please see here.
5) Vegan Butternut Squash and Mushroom Tart
Christmas can be an especially tough time for vegans in terms of finding the right meal for Christmas day. Despite this, there are a number of great options they can choose from, one of which is the gorgeous butternut squash and mushroom tart. This dish is made with a squash custard, crust and vegan butter, while mushrooms and maple sage round the dish off perfectly. More information on the dish can be found here.
Many thanks to Luke for this innovative and exciting exploration into alternatives to one of the most iconic dishes.
Luke James writes about food with a particular interest in winter foods. He also recommends using healthier alternatives to standard olive oil such as Mr Hughs Rapeseed Oil for a great taste.
Would you sample any of the above meals for your Christmas dinner? Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below.