Best Christmas Roast Recipes To Feed A Hungry Crowd

Words: Emma Nkunzana

Yay for festive feasting! We’ve rounded up 18 best Christmas roast recipes that deserve to get made this holiday season. We’ve included all types of meats, from fish to turkey plus some hints and tips for cooking them to perfection.

Roast Turkey Christmas Roast Recipes

Our Best Turkey Christmas Roast Recipes

Made popular by the Americans in their celebration of Thanksgiving, roast turkey has slowly crept it has way into South African kitchens. Turkey is not our traditional, go-to poultry and as such many people fear cooking and possibly ruining the bird. Fear not Crushers, here are two festive turkey roast recipes that are easy to follow and delicious (and won’t leave you with dry turkey breasts, no brining required).

Turkey Roulade

This is a great recipe if you can’t get your hands on a whole turkey. To cut down on time (especially if you’re knife skills are lacking) ask your butcher to debone legs and thighs and you’ll be A for Away for your festive feast.

Recipe for Turkey Roulade

Roasted Turkey with Bacon & Apple Stuffing

A collection of Christmas roast recipes wouldn’t be complete without a full roasted turkey. We can’t decide what’s tastier; the oh so succulent turkey meat or the moreish bacon and apple stuffing. There’s only one way for you to find out…

Recipe for Roast Turkey with Bacon & Apple Stuffing

Christmas Roast Recipes
Christmas Roast Recipes

Our Best Pork Recipes

Crackling… it’s the ultimate gold standard of the perfect pork roast! Something we strive for but something that can easily be missed. These recipes hit the crackling back-of-spoon-tap out of the park! And who could forget gammon? The quintessential Christmas pork dish that really ought to be made on more occasions. It has that amazing sweet and salty addictive flavour with the amazing addition of smokiness. Prepare gammon a day before for seamless entertaining and keep leftovers for amazing gammon pretzel rolls. There really isn’t anything gammon can do wrong.

Roast Pork Loin

Pork loin served on the crown with roasted stone fruit will be your Christmas centrepiece.

Recipe for Roast Pork Loin

Pork Roast

Salt, pepper and olive oil are all you’ll need for this pork roast, but will your guests believe you after a mouthful? We think not.

Recipe for Pork Roast

Smoked Free-Range Pork Belly and Ribs With Thyme Brown Butter Potato Cake

If the title of this recipe doesn’t immediately send you to your happy place then the supporting image and recipe most certainly will. Drop dead gorgeous smokey basted ribs together with fall apart juicy pork belly is the stuff dreams are made of. Also, take a moment of silence for the equally dreamy accompanying Lavender and Thyme Brown Butter Potato Cake.

Recipe for Smoked Free-Range Pork Belly and Ribs With Thyme Brown Butter Potato Cake

Honey and Cherry Roast Gammon with Knodel and Glazed Carrots

Honey roasted gammon and glazed carrots are another smashing classic Christmas combo. And no, Knodel is not a varying-pitch Swiss form of singing, it’s a dense and delicious dumpling sautéed in butter before serving.

Recipe for Honey and Cherry Roast Gammon with Knodel and Glazed Carrots

Blueberry Chipotle Gammon

Of course, this is boiled in coke (how else does one prepare gammon) and finished off with a tangy blueberry glaze, perfect for a summer Christmas. This is one of those Christmas roast recipes that you’ll make every year.

Recipe for Blueberry Chipotle Gammon

Gammon Pretzel Rolls

Got leftover gammon? We’ve got you covered.

Recipe for Gammon Pretzel Rolls

Christmas Roast Recipes
Christmas Roast Recipes

Berry Glazed Gammon with Bacon Brussel Sprouts

This is a version that embraces the flavour and sweetness of summer berries. Cooked to perfection and then finished off with this delicious mixed berry jam glaze. And on the side, we’ve gone for traditional Brussel sprouts that have been cooked in rendered bacon fat and the result is a side of crispy and seriously tasty veggies.

Recipe for Berry Glazed Gammon with Bacon Brussel Sprouts

Apricot, Ginger, Garlic and Chilli Glazed Gammon with Apple and Fennel Slaw

Gammon with a bit of a contemporary twist. We’ve sliced the fat in a classic diamond shape and glazed with a mix of sweetness from apricot jam and then added ginger, garlic and chilli for a bit of punch. And because summer days in Africa can be hot, we’ve opted for a lighter side for this dish, a fresh and just lightly dressed slaw with the addition of fennel and crunch from Granny Smith apples. Quite delicious!

Recipe for Apricot, Ginger, Garlic and Chilli Glazed Gammon with Apple and Fennel Slaw

Deboned and Stuffed Rolled Pork Loin Roast with Roast Potatoes

This succulent roast has been deboned and stuffed with a sage and almond filling. Overnight air-drying and salting results in literally the most perfect crunchy crackling you’ll ever make. Alongside this roast (because who doesn’t need more golden crunch in their lives) are crispy oven-roasted potatoes.

Recipe for Deboned and Stuffed Rolled Pork Loin Roast with Roast Potatoes.

Pear and Gorgonzola stuffed Pork Loin with Sage Butter

Switch things up with some pears instead of the go-to (apples) to accompany your pork. While the creamy Gorgonzola and crispy sage add a beautiful depth of flavour.

Recipe for Pear and Gorgonzola stuffed Pork Loin with Sage Butter.


Our Best Lamb Christmas Roast Recipes

There is something quite ceremonious, and quite frankly biblical, about lamb. Maybe it’s because every time we see it, or someone mentions it, the clouds part, letting in rays of sunshine and we hear the angels sing “ahhhhhh!”

Greek Style Roast Leg of Lamb

The Greeks sure know how to treat lamb and this recipe is no exception.

Recipe for Greek Style Roast Leg of Lamb

Deboned Leg of Lamb with Stuffed Dates & Fresh Herbs

Our list of Christmas roast recipes must include a succulet lamb that’s done the Greek way. Stuffed with dates and lamb-loving herbs, this leg is perfectly pink and packed with flavour.

Recipe for Deboned Leg of Lamb

Christmas Roast Recipes
Christmas Roast Recipes

Our Best Beef Christmas Roast Recipes

You may think roast beef for Christmas dinner a bit vanilla. We prove the haters wrong with these over-the-top, supreme beef roast recipes.

Beef Prime Rib

This Christmas splurge on a top quality prime rib for this epic recipe. The recipe may be basic but the flavours are anything but.

Recipe for Beef Prime Rib

Roast Beef Brisket with Berry Sauce

You’re on holiday now, so there’s no excuse not to spend a few extra hours in the kitchen, right? Don’t worry the oven will do all the work while you relax.

Recipe for Roast Beef Brisket

Christmas Roast Recipes
Christmas Roast Recipes

Festive Smoked Beef Short Ribs with Artichokes

This dish of smoked beef short ribs has such wow factor. Unbelievably delicious! This dish was created by Chef Michelle Theron at La Motte, see the rest of the festive menu here.

Recipe for Smoked Beef Short Ribs

Whole Braised Beef Shin

Okay, so this is technically a braise not a roast, but it is so fall-apart tender and delicious that we had to include. Did we mention it is best served with a huge pile of golden, crispy potatoes? Oh yes, it’s the only way.

Recipe for Beef Shin

Christmas Roast Recipes
Christmas Roast Recipes

Our Best Fish Recipes

Okay, so maybe we went a little over the top with the death by roast recipes (FYI, it would be so worth it). For those of you looking for something on the lighter side, this is for you.

Whole Roasted Franschhoek Trout

This whole roast trout is a wonderful addition to a festive meal and can be either a showstopping starter or main course. It’s stuffed with all sorts of wonderful flavours.

Recipe for Whole Roasted Franschhoek Trout

Marinated Seafood Platter

This dish is great for entertaining as it can be done the day before, leaving you free to mingle Simply assemble before serving. This dish was created by Chef Michelle Theron at La Motte.

Recipe for Marinated Seafood Platter

Christmas Roast Recipes
Christmas Roast Recipes

Our Best Vegetarian Roast Recipe

Christmas roast recipes need not only be carnivore exclusive. Wow your grazing friends with this festive vegetarian roast complete with brown butter sauce. We’ve given step by step instructions too , so no exuses.

Recipe for Vegetarian Roast

Christmas Roast Recipes - vegetarian roast

See some vegan recipe inspiration right here.

Now that your roast is in hand, check out these amazing festive sides and salads to accompany your roast. And of course, lets not forget dessert!

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