15 Tasty Christmas Dinner Alternatives

The Christmas dinner ritual may seem set in stone, with immovable staples such as roast turkey, sprouts and sage and onion stuffing, served in the same way each year, but here at Rangecookers we have trawled the Internet to find evidence to the contrary.

We’ve found some of the best alternatives to traditional festive fayre – from Christmas meals from foreign lands to perfect veggie options. Enjoy!

Twists on Christmas Classics

There’s nothing wrong with a hearty roast, but it doesn’t have to be turkey. These recipes all mix up flavours, textures and serving techniques for a refreshing take on Christmas dinner.


Christmas Spiced Pork Wellington
Roast Partridge with Caramelised Balsamic Shallot Sauce
Roast Goose with Wild Rice and Cranberry Stuffing

Festive Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Having a veggie or vegan at the table for Christmas day shouldn’t equal meat substitutes or a nut roast, there are plenty of meat and dairy free options – here are our favourites.


Mushroom Walnut Stew Cheesy Cobbler Topping
Roast Vegetable Crumble [Vegan]
Ravioli in Sweet Potato Sauce [Vegan]

Festive Fish Feasts
Fish is a delicious alternative to the traditional Christmas roast. Choose Monkfish or Lobster for a really indulgent treat.

Sage and Onion Stuffed Monk Fish Roast
Lobster for Christmas Dinner
Poached Salmon with Herby Mayonnaise

Christmas Dinners from Across the Globe
Take inspiration from across the world to spice up your Christmas dinner this year, with these traditional dishes from the USA, Denmark and Puerto Rico.


Feast of Seven Fishes (Italian-American)
Pernil Asado (Puerto Rican Roast Pork Shoulder)
Danish Roast Duck

Kids Christmas
Kids eat with their eyes, so make their Christmas dinner a manageable portion served up with a dose of fun and flare.

Festive Sausage Rolls
Turkey Pie
Rudolph Baked Potato

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