Seasonal meats guide

Try something different
A guide to seasonal meats

Seasonal meats guide

Turkey doesn't have to rule the roast. Ring the changes with our selection of seasonal meats including whole goose, flavoursome pork and lamb,
or an impressive rack of venison

Beef

Beef

SERVES: 4-16 people varying on size

Instead of? Or as well as turkey? Beef is a Christmas Day tradition for many of us, but whenever you serve it over the holidays, our tender, succulent joints can’t be beaten.
 
Ideal for: Sunday roast lovers. But we're not talking your average weekend roast. Upgrade your family classic with one of our tender beef joints specially sourced for Christmas, including our succulent Highland beef produced from registered pedigree Highland bulls. Worried about losing the exhibition of a whole turkey? Don’t be. The sight of a burnished beef forerib or wing rib, arching for the sky, will rival any bird. And we haven't even got to the delicious leftovers… 

Editor's choice: Our Highland Wing Rib Sirloin (left) is delicious roasted whole. Specially sourced for Christmas, Highland cattle are smaller in stature and slow to mature, making their meat wonderfully flavoursome.

Goose

Goose

SERVES: 4-8 people varying on size

If you're a Christmas purist at heart but fancy a change from turkey, then goose
is for you.

Ideal for: Traditionalists. Historically the bird of choice, goose is rich, full of flavour and easier to cook than a turkey. It's one for the real taste connoisseurs.

Editor's choice: Try a traditionally reared free range goose (right) for your Christmas celebrations. Mouthwateringly succulent, they have a rich and gamey flavour.

Gammon

Gammon

SERVES: 4-16 people varying on size

Deliciously sweet and salty with a  glistening glaze, gammon is always a crowd-pleaser.

Ideal for: The in-betweeners. If you can’t decide whether you want to trade in your traditional turkey for something new, well you don’t have to. Gammon alongside turkey just works. It's also the gift that just keeps on giving - delicious in cold sandwiches for Boxing Day and beyond. With servings ranging from 4 to 16 people we have a gammon joint to suit every household.  

Editor's choice: Our muscovado-glazed gammon joint (left) is hand cured with salt and sugar, then matured slowly, beech smoked and covered in a muscovado glaze for a sweet flavour.

Lamb

Lamb

SERVES: 6-8 people varying on size

Juicy and tender, with enough power to carry strong flavours and marinades, lamb is perfect for the festive season.

Ideal for: Forward thinkers. Can lamb really work for Christmas? Most definitely. Not just for Easter, lamb is versatile all year round. If you want a simple roast that’s crisp on the outside and pink and juicy in the middle, go for a leg of lamb. A whole leg makes an impressive centrepiece and retains flavour from the bones. If you prefer an easier carve, a boneless leg is the way to go.

Editor's choice: New to Waitrose, our British lamb guard of honour with festive stuffing (right) is a de-boned, French trimmed rack stuffed with quinoa, black cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, orange zest, tangerine oil and Christmas spices. Diamond scored, it’s seasoned and finally garnished with rosemary sprigs.

 

Venison

Venison

SERVES: 8-10 people varying on size

A real statement in both appearance and taste, a whole venison rack will set the tone for an impressive Christmas lunch.

Ideal for: Lean-meat lovers. Venison is one of the leanest meats around, while still giving you the punch and gamey flavour of duck or goose. Perhaps not the first thing you think of when it comes to Christmas dinner, however a rack of venison is certainly an impressive dish that will take centre stage at any Christmas meal.  

Editor's choice: New to Waitrose, and perhaps new to your Christmas menu, the Black Forest venison rack (left) is topped with a cocoa nib, chestnut and sourdough crumb, accompanied by a rich cherry sauce scented with orange and port, and a cherry vinegar sauce. It’s sure to cause a stir.