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Taste Alternative

10 recipes for the ultimate alternative Christmas dinner

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What’s on the menu for your Christmas dinner this year? If we could hazard a guess, we’d say turkey, sprouts, and a Christmas pudding drowning in brandy following multiple failed attempts to set it alight.

Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE Christmas dinner and all that it entails, and we love our Mum’s even more for pulling it out of the bag every year. But then we got to looking at alternatives – little spins on Christmas classics that make a traditional dinner look like a prawn cocktail stuck in the eighties.

If your taking charge of Christmas dinner this year – embracing the orphans Christmas as your celebrating overseas, spending it with friends or just giving Mum a break, why not slip a few of these festive alternatives onto the table. We’re pretty sure you’re dinner guests will love them!

Spiced Quince Ham

Taking inspiration from Scandinavia’s mustard crust ham, this quirky quince version is a fantastic alternative to your standard roast ham, and way more tasty too. For the full recipe, click here. .

Spiced Quince Ham

Turkey with Hoisin Glaze

Inject some Asian influence into a Christmas favourite. Stuff your turkey with shiitake mushrooms, onion, star anise and ginger and you’ll never look back. For the full recipe, click here. .

Turkey Hoisin Glaze

Tamarind Roasted Vegetables

Every traditional Christmas dinner needs roasties, but it doesn’t always need to be soggy sprouts or sickly sweet parsnips. Fresh, spicy and gloriously colourful, these tamarind infused vegetables make the perfect alternative. For the full recipe, click here. .

Tamarind Roasted Vegetables

Potato Gratin

Roast potatoes are amazing, always. So if you want to keep them in, you have our blessing. But for an equally tasty, warming and satisfying alternative, consider giving potato gratin a whirl. Think diced potatoes, topped with breadcrumbs or cheese then browned to perfection. For the full recipe, click here. .

Potato Gratin

Honey glazed Shallot Tarte Tatin

Veggies rejoice, you don’t have to look at another nut roast again! This scrumptious tart is full of delicious buttery fried shallots, glistening with honey and balsamic vinegar and totally indulgent. For the full recipe, click here. .

Honey glazed Shallot Tarte Tatin

Mince Pie Rings

So not exactly a taste alternative but definitely a shape alternative, these mince pie rings are the perfect festive addition sure to wow any dinner guests. Topped with icing sugar and with a crispy puff pastry finish, we think doughnut shaped minced pies are the future. For the full recipe, click here. .

Mince Pie Rings

Panforte

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without an Italian dessert, but steer away from the dry old Pantone this year and instead embrace the Panforte. Nutty, honey oozing and pumped with fruity flavours, this is the perfect alternative to any Christmas dessert. For the full recipe, click here. .

Panforte

Christmas pudding Cupcakes

These are TOO cute. Just look at them, what more do we need to say! The perfect table topper, the perfect midnight snack, the perfect annoying little cousin pleaser, and the perfect alternative to Christmas pud. For the full recipe, click here. .

Christmas pudding Cupcakes

Mulled Cider

At festive times, it’s only right to drink mulled something, so why not spice up the standard mulled wine with a little mulled cider. Clove studded apples, spices, citrus and dark rum combine to make this mulled cider recipe impossible to resist. For the full recipe, click here. .

Mulled Cider

Berry Christmas Punch

What more do we need to say – raspberry cranberry juice, sparkling wine, Cointreau, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and mint leaves all in one big jug. Festive merriment guaranteed! For the full recipe, click here. .

Berry Christmas Punch

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