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Alternative Christmas

PUBLISHED: 05:29 22 December 2014

M&M Rutland butchers

M&M Rutland butchers

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“We have alternative medicine and alternative comedy, so why not try an alternative Christmas dish from our range of fresh free-range meats.”

James Rutland, M&M Rutland butchers.James Rutland, M&M Rutland butchers.

“We have alternative medicine and alternative comedy, so why not try an alternative Christmas dish from our range of fresh free-range meats. Whatever the meal, there are so many great options to choose from to make the festive period special.

Try rib of beef, making sure it is free-range and local. Ours is matured on the bone for four weeks, full of flavour and an amazing Christmas alternative.

A stuffed saddle of local free-range lamb is delicious. Take a boneless double loin and stuff it with prunes and apricots, perfect for a special meal. Staying with lamb, also great to try is a succulent butterfly cut leg. Marinated in olive oil, redcurrant jelly, rosemary and garlic, it is quick and easy to cook, full of flavour and great for a Christmas Eve meal.

For Christmas tea and Boxing Day, go for a honey-glazed gammon. Our dry-cured local oak-smoked gammon can be cooked on Christmas Eve with a honey glaze. Serve hot on Christmas Eve and it will leave plenty of cold leftovers for the coming days.

Try a mini hog roast. Take a free-range Old Spot succulent boneless loin of pork, it is quick to cook and super easy to carve for that amazing crackling that everyone loves.

Finally, for something a little bit more indulgent and rich – perfect for the winter weather - go for venison sirloin. Quick and easy to cook, it is incredibly succulent and can be used for steaks, noisettes or joints. It is really lovely with a red wine sauce.”

M and M Rutland Specialist Butchers, 13 Briston Rd, Melton Constable NR24 2DG; 01263 860562; www.rutland-butchers.co.uk.

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