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5 Turkey Alternatives to Make This Christmas

Craving something other than turkey this year? We found five turkey alternatives that are sure to impress.

Preparing a turkey dinner can be time consuming and chaotic (and just a tad traditional), so we asked five chefs to give us the recipes for their favourite turkey alternatives.

1. “Turnumpkin”

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(Photo: Mamie Taylor’s)

The “turnumpkin” is Mamie Taylor’s chef Jeff Koop’s vegan take on the turducken. It’s a whole Japanese pumpkin stuffed with turnip and eggplant “bacon” stuffing that’s sure to please even your non-vegetarian guests.

2. Salt-Crusted Leg of Lamb

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(Photo: Yalla)

Chef Joel Pollock from Yalla restaurant in Victoria never cooks turkey for the holidays. This year, he and partner Pam Smith will be making this salt-crusted leg of lamb for their annual orphans’ Christmas dinner.

3. Roasted Duck with Potatoes and Gravy

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(Photo: Sophia Cheng)

Forgo the the traditional turkey dinner in favour of this roasted duck from Torafuku’s chef Clement Chan.

4. Fennel-Crusted Steak

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(Photo: Shannyn Higgins)

For all you beef lovers out there, The Lazy Gourmet‘s executive chef Jenny Hui offers up her recipe for a fennel-crusted steak.

5. Wild Salmon Wellington with Tarragon Beurre Blanc Sauce

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(Photo: Jasmine Ganasi)

Give your beef Wellington an ocean makeover with this wild salmon Wellington recipe from Fresh Ideas Start Here‘s chef Lucas Harrison.

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