Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas


If you’re a bit fed up of having turkey year after year and long for something different, why not try some of our alternative Christmas dinner recipes? After all, it’s silly to slave over a hot stove for hours on end when you could have a simple, delicious and easy-to-make dinner instead. Read on for our perfect alternative Christmas meal.

For the starter – Yorkshire cheese and sweet potato samosas

This sounds like a complex dish but it’s seriously simple to make. You will need:

A pack of ready-made filo pastry
Salt, pepper, garlic
1 tbsp coriander
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp cumin powder
150g of your favourite soft Yorkshire cheese – we recommend St. Helen’s farm spreadable goats cheese (
300g of sweet potato
Some butter to melt

To make these delicious samosas, peel and dice your sweet potato, and cook in some salted, boiling water until soft. Drain, and mash together with the goats cheese and seasoning. Cut your filo pastry into strips about 4cm wide, add a spoonful of the mixture to one end, and fold them into samosas (here’s a handy YouTube video showing you how!). Once folded, brush with melted butter and pop into a 200 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until the pastry is lovely and golden.

Serve with your favourite dips – we like a nice sweet chilli and tomato sauce from Harrogate Preserves Co!

For the main – a pork pie Christmas dinner

We all love a hearty main dish at Christmas, and you can’t get much more hearty than one of our pork pies! Our individual pies are easy to serve hot and can be accompanied by all your favourite veg. Alternatively, why not use one of our large slicing pies as a centrepiece? Perfect for sharing, you can carve them at the table and everyone can have as much as they want. Our Grovesnor pork pies even have eggs in the middle which makes a great surprise for your guests!

For dessert – chocolate parkin and cream

Following a flash poll in the Vale of Mowbray office, it turns out that lots of people don’t actually like Christmas Pudding! If you’re the same, you’ll love our alternative dessert which is full of delicious chocolate and treacle. You will need:

200g self-raising flour
100g brown sugar
50g cocoa powder
150g oats
175ml milk
100ml golden syrup
50g unsalted butter
100g of a good dark chocolate
1 large egg
1tbp ginger powder

To make your parkin, simply combine all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, whilst slowly heating the butter and treacle together in a pan. Once they’ve become ‘runny’, slowly mix them into the dry ingredients along with the milk and the egg. Chop your dark chocolate as fine as you can, and add this to your mix. Bake in a greased loaf tin for about 1hr 15 minutes at 160 degrees celsius – remember to check with a skewer to see if it’s baked, and give it another few minutes if not! Once your parkin has cooled, cut into squares and serve with cream (single or double, its up to you!).

We hope you’ve enjoyed our alternative Christmas dinner ideas – hope you all have a fab day!

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