Swaledale Butchers - The Alternative To The Traditional Christmas Dinner Turkey

AD – GIFTED | With Christmas Day fast approaching, are you looking for an alternative to the traditional turkey for your Christmas Dinner, but not sure what to have? Why not take a look at Swaledale Butchers, and see what tickles your fancy!

Let's face it, a whole turkey is probably the most traditional meat for Christmas dinners, but sometimes it's nice to switch it up and try something new. Whether you opt for chicken, beef, ham, lamb, or even fish, there is so much choice depending on your preferences, you will be spoilt for choice.

I was kindly gifted a selection of meats from Swaledale Butchers, who put together a delicious Christmas meat box for me to try out, and I can tell you now, I was not disappointed! These meat boxes are simply showcasing some of The Dales' most delicious seasonal cuts of native breed meat that they have to offer. This includes grass-fed, dry-aged on the bone >28 days beef, outdoor reared native breed pork, Yorkshire's tastiest pasture-fed lamb, free-range, herb-fed chicken, Harewood Estate's wild estate-reared venison and award-winning sausages and bacon.

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Topside of Beef
Beef often comes to mind when choosing alternative Christmas meats, and for good reason. It's such a versatile type of meat, that can be accompanied by so many other dishes, making it a popular choice during the festive season. Beef is enjoyed by a small percentage of the population on Christmas day. Yet, at Swaledale butchers, they specialise in native breed products, and have seen a 15% increase in our Christmas orders containing native and traditional beef roasting joints yearly. The topside of beef is such an underrated cut, and something that you should definitely consider if you're a lover of roast beef. Partnered with crispy roast potatoes and parsnips, Yorkshire puddings and gravy, what more could you ask for?

Free Range Ham Joints
Another popular choice for Christmas Dinner is joints of ham. A perfect choice for those hosting a large amount of guests, and to feed a crowd over the festive period. A joint of delicious dry-cured ham is the ultimate celebration piece for your festive food selection. Such versatile meat that can be served hot alongside your traditional roast potatoes, vegetable and gravy, or even as leftovers with a salad and roast vegetables, or simply eaten cold for sandwiches, you'll have endless amounts of options.

Pigs in Blankets
Finally, not so much an alternative, but what Christmas Dinner would be complete without the trusty pigs in blankets?! They are certainly a firm favourite in my home, and an essential to any Christmas plate. The Swaledale pigs in blankets are made even tastier with heritage breed pork from the Yorkshire Dales; simply-seasoned pork sausages wrapped with rashers of dry-cured, smoked streaky bacon, for the perfect flavour combination. When cooking mine, I love to pan fry them, and once fully cooked, I drizzle over a small amount of honey, garlic, and rosemary for the ultimate flavour combination!

What meat do you have for your Christmas dinner? Would you consider looking for an alternative to Turkey?

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