Turkey is the traditional centrepiece of many Sunday dinners and special occasions here in the UK and in many other parts of the world. Understandably, people have differing tastes and hence turkey might not be for everyone. Some people may just want a change or don’t eat meat at all! Whatever the reason, here are some alternatives to turkey.
Roast beef is already seen as a classic Sunday dish. If you’re a family that’s in love with this traditional meal then by all means it can be a delicious alternative to turkey. Especially, if you include all the trimmings, such as roast potatoes, carrots and gravy! You could also push the boat out and try a beef Wellington if you’re looking to give it a unique twist for the special occasion.
Ham is a dish that’s often featured year-round, it’s not an uncommon sight in many festive settings either! What’s best is that it can be just as satisfying as turkey to serve. You can glaze it with a sweet and savoury sauce, or try a honey-baked ham for a unique twist.
Lamb is a personal favourite this time of year. It’s a flavourful and tender option for any dinner. You can serve it with traditional side dishes like roast potatoes and mint sauce, or try something a little different. There are so many delicious variations you can try when it comes to lamb such as a Middle Eastern-inspired lamb tagine. Do be warned that if you’re serving this on Christmas Day or any other festive event, pushing the boat out can be quite a risk. This meal is an important moment for families across the world and it may not be the occasion to try something new, just in case…
Pork is another fantastic option for this time of year. A roast pork loin or pork tenderloin can be a flavorful and elegant alternative to turkey. You can stuff it with herbs, fruits, or nuts for added flavour, or try a slow-roasted pork shoulder for a more casual and relaxed meal. You can’t really go wrong when it comes to pork!
Whether you choose any of these alternatives to turkey, the most important thing is to enjoy the company of your loved ones and the delicious food that you share together. Do note that for some people, turkey is a very important meal, whether that be for sentimental reasons or others. Be sure to run any decision you intend to make over with your family beforehand just to make sure you don’t end up inadvertently upsetting anyone!
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