Best Christmas Roast Recipes To Feed A Hungry Crowd
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.
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).
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gammon Pretzel Rolls
Got leftover gammon? We’ve got you covered.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Festive Smoked Beef Short Ribs with Artichokes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!