Yep, you’ve read that right. Ditch tradition, or, at least some of it. It’s traditional Christmas fanfare to serve a turkey roast and ham, or the bird at most. However, the cost of a turkey or a leg of ham can be extra pricey at this time of the year.
Serving up something a little less expected is a breath of fresh air too. You’ll be doing some of your guests who have different family commitments on Christmas day a huge favour. Imagine needing to have multiple servings of turkey and ham in one day. More leftover ham sandwiches anyone?
If you’re expecting more than 10 guests, consider putting together a grazing platter. Grazing platters are always crowd pleasers, and it doesn’t cost much or take much time to put together.
Feel much less of a stuffed turkey and look at more cost effective alternatives. A roast chicken stuffed with an aromatic home-made stuffing, beautifully brushed with an orange marmalade marinate (see below for recipe) will do just as nicely. Line that up with some buttered green beans with almonds, honeyed roast carrots and gravy (but of course!), and finish it off with a lip smacking dessert. If you want something other than poultry, a good leg of lamb would serve just nicely.