The 77 meat recipes for this Christmas

How's that pre-Christmas stress going? Are the party menus taking shape? After reviewing the essential fish recipes, today we bring you the 77 meat recipes for this Christmas, another basic pillar on the tables. There are many meat options to offer on these special days, from the most traditional dishes to more current and somewhat exotic alternatives.

Meat has always been a highly prized expensive product that was reserved for the most special occasions. That is why it usually occupies a privileged role in Christmas menus, although the piece in question varies according to each region. My mother, for example, always remembers her Murcian Christmas with turkey, while my family in Madrid has always preferred suckling pig. Do you need inspiration to choose? Here you have options for all tastes.

Turkey, the party king

The roast and stuffed turkey gains prominence at Christmas, especially for its size. The traditional Christmas turkey recipe is simple if we dedicate your time with a little love and, although we can get out of the ordinary with alternatives such as turkey sirloin with quince, nothing looks more like a whole turkey well stuffed, like the one in the following recipe that we present to you complete.


For 8 people
  • Turkey 4 kg
  • Lard 30 g
  • Moscatel type sweet wine 50 ml
  • Leek 1
  • Dried peaches 100 g
  • Raisins 100 g
  • Peeled nuts 100 g
  • Bacon or sliced ​​bacon 300 g
  • Pippin apple 1
  • White bread slices 4
  • Chicken soup 200 ml
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper

How to Make Christmas Turkey

Difficulty: medium
  • Total time 3 h 30 m
  • Elaboration 30 m
  • Cooking 3 h

We start with a turkey at room temperature, clean and very dry, which has been in brine all night in the fridge. As we told you above, with the brine we make the meat softer and more tender. We prepare the filling. To do this, we hydrate the prunes and dried apricots in a bowl with hot water. Once the fruits are rehydrated, cut into pieces. We wash and chop the leek. Chop the bacon and walnuts, peel and grate the apple and mix with the rest of the ingredients, leaving the bread to soak in the broth. Before filling the turkey we turn on the oven so that it is preheated to 180º C. Next we season the turkey inside and out and fill it with the previous farce. We sew the opening so that the filling does not come out in the oven. We join the legs to the body with kitchen thread, which will maintain the shape of the turkey and will be more attractive. We place the turkey in a baking dish, with the breast up. With the help of a syringe we inject the sweet wine in different points of the bird so that it is very juicy. Then we smear it in lard and roast it in the oven, lowering the temperature to 170º C, for three hours. After the first hour in the oven, we cover the turkey with a sheet of aluminum foil, to protect it from the heat and prevent it from burning. We continue roasting two more hours. To know if it is ready we make a small cut on the thigh and if any pink liquid comes out we leave it for a few more minutes. We remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before taking it to the table, carving and serving. We accompany with the juices that have been released during the baking as a sauce and with various roasted vegetables, sautéed mushrooms, salad or the garnish of our preference.

A chicken never disappoints

Baked chicken is also another great Christmas option, especially if we are not many diners at the table, and we can prepare it in many ways.

There are baked chicken recipes for all tastes but perhaps you are more interested in something original like Villaroy chicken lollipops. If you don't want to roast a whole animal, you can also opt for dishes such as the drumsticks stuffed with mushrooms and cheese with bacon. You have many more recipes to choose from:

  • Christmas stuffed chicken
  • Robuchon style roast chicken
  • Roast chicken with shallots, mushrooms and grapes
  • Roast chicken in red wine with caramelized onion and grapes
  • Baked chicken with spices
  • Chicken stuffed with apples, onions, walnuts and raisins
  • Baked Chicken Thighs
  • My grandmother's baked chicken
  • Rosemary chicken with black olives and capers
  • Baked chicken with cumin, raisins and almonds
  • Baked chicken drumsticks with apple and nuts
  • Roast chicken with forty cloves of garlic
  • Stuffed turkey roll

Lamb, very traditional

Lamb meat is more common throughout the year in specific regions of our gastronomy, but at Christmas it becomes one of the favorite options for many menus. The most typical is roasting the leg or shoulder, although other pieces such as chops are also traditional at parties. If you are looking for a very traditional recipe, you only have to bet on the thyme-roasted lamb, and if you are looking for a different touch, try for example the leg of lamb stuffed with cheese, ham and dates. If you are looking for a better stew to turn on the oven, try the lamb tagine with zucchini, raisins and mint or a traditional lamb stew.

  • Grilled ternasco shank
  • Grilled lamb shank tournedós
  • Lamb shoulder to the baker
  • Shoulder of suckling lamb with potatoes and onion
  • Lamb stuffed with mushrooms with orange sauce
  • Rack of lamb with rosemary honey
  • Suckling lamb chops a la Villaroy
  • Roast neck of lamb
  • Mint lamb chops
  • Oven roasted suckling pig bars

Pig, Christmas basic

If the pig is an animal that takes advantage of everything, it is clear that it cannot be missing at Christmas tables either. In general, it is an inexpensive meat that can give a lot of play depending on the pieces we choose, although the sirloin and the loin are the most successful. Good examples are the recipe for pork tenderloin with grape sauce, ideal for New Year's Eve, and the old-fashioned tenderloin, very easy and can be prepared in advance. Also typical is the roast suckling pig, to which you can give a twist by cooking only the legs with a rich spicy tangerine sauce.

  • Baked pork tenderloin with vermouth sauce
  • Iberian pork cheeks in chocolate sauce
  • Roasted pork shoulder
  • Loin headboard in oyster sauce
  • Sea and mountain skewers
  • Sirloin pancakes
  • Pork ribs with sweet and sour peach sauce
  • Wellington sirloin in individual puffs
  • Pork knuckle with mustard with meat juice
  • Roasted Iberian pork with creamy boletus sauce
  • Loin of salt in microwave with orange sauce
  • Pork tenderloin glazed with orange

Veal, essential

Although I do not remember that the veal had a presence on my family's Christmas menus, I am aware that it is an essential meat for many households at Christmas. There are many great pieces that allow you to show off, such as succulent cheeks in cherry sauce or a good sirloin stew in Berta's casserole, which can also be made with beef. The roasts are also very traditional, like the recipe for round roast beef or roast beef with brandy and tangerine, with a more original touch.

  • Traditional Wellington Sirloin
  • Roasted white beef with mustard onion sauce
  • Beef sirloin with cabrales sauce
  • Ossobuco in red berry sauce with Port
  • Veal ribs with aromatic frosting
  • Roast beef with onion, Jaipur spices and red wine
  • Traditional style stuffed beef
  • Roasted white beef with mustard onion sauce
  • Roast beef with mustard
  • Slow Cooked T-Bone Steak with Boletus Sauce
  • Meat in sauce with various mushrooms

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