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Vegetarian Christmas dinner

This heavenly roasted butternut squash makes an excellent vegetarian Christmas side or starter. The cranberry and date relish practically twinkles.

Roast butternut and feta

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3 reviews
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1.5 hours
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A delicious vegetarian starter or side for Christmas. All the elements – the date and cranberry relish, and the roasted squash – can be made ahead of time.

An easy #vegetarian puff pastry tart that's a fantastic way to use up leftover potatoes with #Christmas sage and onion - but it looks like you've really made an effort.

Potato, onion, sage and gruyère tart

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7 reviews
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60 minutes
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Do put the time into caramelising the onions in this easy vegetarian tart - the natural sweetness sets off the gruyère and sage beautifully.

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A brilliantly simple and quick roast turkey with trimmings. Frozen turkey breast joints are fantastic value and cut back on waste.   Make it extra special with sliced clementine and thyme and serve with a rich red wine gravy.

The best budget Christmas dinner

Roast turkey and all the trimmings for less than £5 per head. There's nothing glum about this budget dinner where costs are kept down by cooking a turkey breast (instead of a whole bird) and reusing ingredients throughout so there's no waste.

This recipe is a great Italian alternative for a Christmas roast pork. Crunchy crispy crackling for the win!

Hairy Bikers' porchetta

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10 reviews
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14 hours
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The Hairy Bikers have a brilliant Christmas roast pork recipe that will make a great Italian alternative for dinner. It looks as good as it tastes!

If you need a vegan nut roast that will stay together while the rest of your Christmas is coming unwrapped, we've got you covered.  #vegan #christmas #vegetarian #nutroast #christmasdinner

Vegan nut roast

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40 reviews
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1.5 hours
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Nut roast is a favourite for a reason. Try this easy vegan nut roast, which is great served hot for Christmas dinner, or cold for your festive buffet table.

Christmas wouldn't be completely without Brussels sprouts and these creamy, mustardy sprouts are absolutely delicious with Christmas lunch.   #Brussels #sprouts #recipe #Christmas #dinner #veggie #vegetarian

Veggie creamy Brussels sprouts

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6 reviews
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60 minutes
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Everyone can be a fan of sprouts when this creamy and mustardy Christmas side dish is on offer!

Sweet and sour Christmas red cabbage is just one of those must-haves in the Christmas dinner. It goes with whatever roast you're serving and is even vegan!

Christmas red cabbage

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5 reviews
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2.5 hours
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This Christmas red cabbage recipe couldn't be simpler, just put all the ingredients in an ovenproof pan or casserole, cover and bake. Make it ahead for a stress-free Christmas dinner.

This heavenly roasted butternut squash makes an excellent vegetarian Christmas side or starter. The cranberry and date relish practically twinkles.

Roast butternut and feta

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3 reviews
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1.5 hours
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A delicious vegetarian starter or side for Christmas. All the elements – the date and cranberry relish, and the roasted squash – can be made ahead of time.

The Hairy Bikers bring you the traditional honey-mustard glazed gammon. It makes the perfect Christmas dinner, or Boxing day, or a buffet centrepiece for any festive day!

Honey-glazed gammon

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54 reviews
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2.5 hours
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Of all our gammon recipes, this one is your favourite festive classic. The Hairy Bikers know this is a must-have for a Christmas party!

Keep it simple with a boneless turkey breast filled with classic cranberry and sausage stuffing. Wrapping the turkey in bacon keeps it super moist.

Stuffed turkey breast

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5 reviews
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3 hours
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Make this roast turkey breast recipe in about 2 hours for a quick Christmas dinner. The sausage stuffing features dried cranberries, almonds and leeks.

Rich mushrooms, ale-spiked gravy, and flaky pastry. This vegan pie is the comfort food you need to see you through the winter.

Vegan mushroom pie

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18 reviews
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2.5 hours
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A delightful wintry vegan pie with rich mushrooms and sweet shallots that will make your cold nights a lot warmer. Vegan comfort food at its best. Each serving provides 552 kcal, 10g protein, 67g carbohydrate (of which 13g sugars), 22g fat (of which 3g saturates), 6g fibre and 1.3g salt.

Rich chestnuts and dried fruit elevate this simple bread stuffing to the status of Roast Turkey BFF.

Mary Berry's chestnut stuffing

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10 reviews
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1.5 hours
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Christmas dinner stuffing should be the best of the year, and Mary Berry’s make-ahead chestnut stuffing with apricots is the one we always come back to.

Are roast potatoes the best part of a Christmas dinner? We think they have a good case. Try our foolproof roast potato recipe

Perfect roast potatoes

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16 reviews
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1.5 hours
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Fluffy inside, crunchy outside, these roast potatoes are a must-have accessory to any roast dinner, but are special enough for Christmas too.

One sausage roll to rule them all... Glynn Purnell's not messing about with dinky sausage rolls. Just one big Christmas cracker!

Luxury sausage roll

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10 reviews
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1.5 hours
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Glynn Purnell's luxury sausage roll served in elegant slices is special enough to be a main course, full of apricots, nuts and spices.

Make your Christmas sides look as amazing as your main course.

Honey roast carrots

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8 reviews
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1.5 hours
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A great side dish to any roast, or with Christmas dinner, these thyme-speckled honey roast carrots are cooked to enhance their natural sweetness.

You'll go absolutely nuts for this parmesan and cashew nut roast cauli side that's easy and light.

Roasted cauliflower

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5 reviews
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60 minutes
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A quick roasted cauliflower recipe that's easy yet impressive. Great on its own or as part of a roast dinner.

Nothing could be easier for the busy days of #Christmas than this overnight slow-baked treacle ham. Or more delicious. Thank you, #Nigella!

Slow-cooked ham

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8 reviews
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14 hours
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Instead of being boiled and then transferred to a hot oven to be glazed, I cook the ham so, so slowly, in the oven, wrapped in foil, so that it steams sweetly in the low heat. I then remove the ham from the oven, take off the rind, stud the layer of fat on top with cloves and cover with a mustardy black treacle glaze, and put the joint briefly back in a very hot oven. Cooked like this, the meat is astonishingly tender and carves into thin slices with ease; there is also very little…

Warm up in the winter with Mary Berry's mulled wine. Maybe a mince pie, too.

Mary Berry's mulled wine

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13 reviews
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1.5 hours
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The smell of Mary Berry's super-easy and delicious mulled wine recipe is enough to make the home feel Christmassy and festive.

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