Traditions are a huge part of the festive season, but there’s nothing wrong with mixing things up a bit. Whether you want to try something completely different for Christmas dinner, or just want to add a little pizazz to your favourite roast, look no further than these fantastic recipes.
Click through each one for the full recipe and whip up some of our fantastic festive side dishes to go with them too. Some recipes courtesy of our friends at BBC Good Food magazine.
Beef fillet is a luxurious cut that’s perfect for special occasions. Image/BBC Good Food
Beef fillet with horseradish and prosciutto
Wrapping this alternative Christmas roast or Sunday dinner in ham adds flavour and protects the meat, resulting in a really tender cut of beef.
Treacle makes a fantastic glaze for ham, but you could also try honey and mustard for a spicy kick. Image/BBC Good Food
Sticky treacle-glazed ham
A fantastic alternative to turkey. Eat as the main meal, then use it for Boxing Day brunch or cook one as a back up for unexpected guests. The stock makes delicious gravy.
Baked apples make a wonderful accompaniment to roast goose. Image/Getty
Roast goose with potato stuffing
As a Christmas turkey alternative, roast goose – free-range and oozing with flavour – is hard to resist.
Duck might be a smaller bird, but its rich flavour packs a big punch. Image/BBC Countryfile magazine
Duck with apples, beetroot, sausages and bread sauce
This exciting combination from Valentine Warner will make a memorable feast. Set aside an afternoon to make it.
With a bacon butter baste you might need to go up a notch on your belt buckle after this special roast turkey. Image/Sam Stowell/ BBC Good Food
Crispy bacon-basted turkey
Make Christmas dinner even more special with our top tips for the juiciest meat ever, infused with smoky goodness from an indulgent bacon butter baste.
For a casual Christmas supper with no fuss, braised venison is an easy but delicious option. Image/Getty
Succulent braised venison
Venison benefits from long, slow cooking, and this Scottish dish develops a beautifully earthy sweetness – try it as an alternative to turkey, or for Hogmanay.
A mouthwatering dish fit for any festive table ©Jason Ingram
There are few better partnerships than pork and apple. This dish employs the technique of brining, which might seem daunting to the uninitiated but is really simple and effective. In essence, a brine is a way of adding flavour and moistness into a joint of meat. The quantities here are for a small gammon leg joint, bone in or boned-out.
Look beyond the nut roast for a spectacular centrepiece Image/Philip Webb/BBC Good Food
Layered squash, barley and spinach pie
A spectacular veggie Christmas centrepiece – when sliced, it looks stunning, and the flavours go brilliantly with all your favourite trimmings.
Another squash recipe, but this time paired with piquant blue cheese. Image/BBC Good Food
Squash and blue cheese Wellington
Having one of these vegetarian pastry rolls in the freezer is ideal for entertaining at the last minute, or as a vegetarian Christmas main.
Click here for our recipes for perfect roast potatoes and stuffing.
Some images and recipes courtesy of BBC Good Food.