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The best-ever Christmas roasts (that aren’t ham or turkey)

Sometimes it pays to switch things up a little. So this festive season, why not try a Christmas roast recipe that isn't ham or turkey?
Barbecued lamb in baharat and yoghurt

Barbecued lamb in baharat and yoghurt

Alicia Taylor

The obvious roast choices for your Christmas feast are the ham and turkey. But sometimes it pays to switch it up a little. A roast side of trout makes for an impressive centrepiece for the Christmas spread, and to keep things luxe, a roast duck or goose will be sure to please guests. Roast pork, lamb and chicken? We have these Christmas-ready recipes, too, plus roast beef recipes galore. Time to carve it up.

Not ready to take the plunge just yet? We still have Christmas ham and Christmas turkey recipes at your disposal.

Roast chicken recipe from chef Sean Moran with corn and leafy greens
Photo: Ben Dearnely

Christmas roast chicken with bread sauce

Photo: John Paul Urizar

Roast pork rack with lemon myrtle and cranberry stuffing

Photo: Alicia Taylor

Christmas roast coral trout

Photo: James Moffatt

Christmas roast lamb rump with pomegranate and eggplant

Slow-cooked ocean trout with peas, and Meyer lemon and fennel salsa
Photo: William Meppem

Slow-cooked ocean trout with peas, and Meyer lemon and fennel salsa

Roast ocean trout with cucumber and preserved lemon salad
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Christmas roast ocean trout with cucumber and preserved lemon salad

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Soy-roast duck with mandarin

Baked snapper with pistou
Photo: Mark Roper

Phil Wood’s baked snapper with pistou

Roast beef with Yorkshire pudding
Photo: Chris Court

Christmas roast beef with Yorkshire pudding

Photo: Chris Court

Christmas roast pork belly with fennel, radicchio and figs

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Christmas roast goose with prunes, port and walnuts

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Spiced Christmas roast duck with peaches and oranges

Duck with orange and quatre épices
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Duck with orange and quatre épices

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Roasted mustard-glazed duck with peach, fennel and almond salad

Cutler & Co's roasted duck breast with spiced quince, anise crumb and mead sauce
Photo: Mark Roper

Andrew McConnell’s Christmas roasted duck breast with spiced quince, anise crumb and mead sauce

Slow-roast duck with orange
Photo: William Meppem

Slow-roast duck with orange

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Spice-roasted Christmas duck with figs

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Christmas roast duck with cherries and roast kipfler potatoes

Burnt honey and pineapple-glazed Christmas duck

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Nonna’s rice-stuffed chicken by Matteo Tine

Roast chicken with preserved lemon and herbs
Photo: Kara Rosenlund

Roast chicken with preserved lemon and herbs

Photo: William Meppem

Yoghurt roast chicken

Lardo-barded lemon chicken
Photo: William Meppem

Lardo-barded lemon chicken Christmas roast

Photo: Vanessa Levis

Indian-spiced roast chicken

Photo: William Meppem

Restaurant Hubert’s chicken fricassée

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Roast chicken with bread sauce

Paul Carmichael's curried lamb leg slow cooked
Photo: Prue Ruscoe

Paul Carmichael’s curried lamb leg

Roast lamb leg
Photo: Mikkel Vang

Roast lamb leg with pan gravy by Leonardo’s Pizza Palace

Roast rolled lamb loin with anchovies and rosemary
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Roast rolled lamb loin with anchovies and rosemary

Eight-hour lamb shoulder with pearl couscous and labne
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Eight-hour lamb shoulder with Israeli couscous and labne

Slow-roasted lamb rack with white beans and black garlic aïoli
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Slow-roasted lamb rack with white beans and black garlic aïoli

Photo: Dean Wilmot

How to make porchetta

Perfect roast pork
Photo: Alicia Taylor

How to make the perfect roast pork

Roasted pork with the best crackling and roasted nectarines
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Roasted pork with the best crackling and roasted nectarines

Spice-roasted pork with coleslaw
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Spice-roasted pork with coleslaw

Photo: John Laurie

Roast shoulder of pork

Slow-roasted pork shoulder with fennel
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Slow-roasted pork shoulder with fennel

Slow-cooked pork shoulder with plums
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Slow-cooked pork shoulder with plums

Photo: Mark Roper

Embla’s fennel-spiced pork rack

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Roast pork shoulder with ajo blanco

Barbecued lamb in baharat and yoghurt
Photo: Alicia Taylor

Barbecued Christmas lamb in baharat and yoghurt

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