11 Spectacular Roast Recipes That Aren't Turkey

Here are great ideas for an elegant meal, from a traditional prime rib roast to bacon-wrapped tenderloin.
11 Spectacular Roast Recipes That Aren't Turkey Photo, Erik Putz. Food styling, Ashley Denton. Prop styling, Catherine Doherty.

If turkey's not on the table this year, turn to a different kind of roast recipe for your holiday menu. From a classic prime rib roast, to glistening glazed hams and spatchcocked chickens, any one of these roast recipes will be a stunning centrepiece.

Ultimate roast beef and gravy

This glorious prime rib roast is the star of the show. Paired with Yorkshire pudding, crispy roast potatoes and more, it’s the perfect alternative for anyone who wants to give turkey a break this year. Get our ultimate roast beef recipe.

Roast recipes - Prime rib roastPhoto, Erik Putz.

Roasted rack of lamb

Topped with carrots, garlic, walnuts, parmesan, mint and lemon pesto, this elegant roast will be the talk of the table. Get our roasted rack of lamb recipe.

Roast recipes: Roast rack of lamb on sheet pan with pesto roast carrotsPhoto, Erik Putz.

Za’atar-Roasted Salmon with Herbs and Pickled Onions

Impress the entire family and roast a whole side of salmon seasoned with za’atar. Get our Za’atar-Roasted Salmon with Herbs and Pickled Onions recipe.

A whole roasted salmon sits on a black plate.(Photo: Erik Putz)

Alison Roman's Low And Slow Rib Roast With Rosemary And Anchovy

This dish can be roasted 3 or 4 hours ahead, then left loosely covered with foil at room temperature, just like they do at all the best prime rib restaurants. Get this slow rib roast recipe.

11 Spectacular Roast Recipes That Aren't TurkeyPhoto, Erik Putz. Food styling, Ashley Denton. Prop styling, Catherine Doherty.

Roast Pork Belly With Clementine and Star Anise

Basted every 30 minutes with savoury citrus-and-spice pan sauce, this pork roast is a dinner party superstar. Get this pork belly recipe.

roast pork belly with clementine and star anisePhoto, Andrew Grinton.

Pineapple-ginger-glazed ham

With its cross-hatch pattern and shiny glaze, your holiday roasted ham is the perfect centerpiece for your tablescape. Get our glazed ham recipe.

Holiday menus: Ginger-glazed hamPhoto, Erik Putz.

Spatchcock roast chicken with grapes

Add an elegant and unique spin to the holidays with juicy grapes, fresh sage, and two golden-roasted birds. Get our spatchcock roast chicken recipe.  

Roast chicken with grapesPhoto, Angus Fergusson.

Lemon-herb leg of lamb

Simple ingredients add just the right amount of flavour to this tender roast. Get this lemon-herb leg of lamb recipe.

11 Spectacular Roast Recipes That Aren't TurkeyPhoto, John Cullen.

Roasted beef tenderloin

Tenderloin can be pricey, but its simplicity and tenderness make it unmatched as a dinner centrepiece. Get this roasted beef tenderloin recipe.

Mastering the basics: Roasted beef tenderloinPhoto, Erik Putz.

Roasted pork loin with bacon-cider gravy

Served with bacon cider gravy and golden onions, this juicy roast pork loin is dressed up with loads of flavour for entertaining guests. Get our roasted pork loin recipe.

roasted pork loin with bacon-apple ciderPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Pot-roasted pork shoulder with mushrooms

Topped with a rich sauce loaded with cremini and porcini mushrooms, this is a delicious roast to put on your next entertaining menu. Get our pot-roasted pork shoulder recipe.

Pot-roasted pork shoulder with mushroomsPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

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