Still haven’t decided on your Christmas dinner? Here are my favorites from our collection of chef recipes:
It’s always a good idea to have an appetizer just in case dinner takes longer than planned and you need to calm the mob. A delicious and elegant option is Gougères. These little French breads can be made a couple of days in advance and then warmed in the oven. Another make ahead appetizer/hors d’oeuvre is this delicious Smoked Salmon Mousse spread on crackers, toast points, or served in endive leaves. And if a sit down appetizer course is in your plans, Mussels in a Pernod Cream Sauce are a great start to a meal.
Ham is always a festive holiday option and our Ham with Bourbon Currant Glaze is particularly good. On the other hand, some folks insist that only a roast Braised Country Style Pork Ribs is suitable for Christmas dinner, if you’re one of those folks, give this recipe a try. And, of course, there are the turkey people. The Gilded Fork’s High-heat Turkey is a bit of trouble to prepare, but in the end takes less time than the usual technique.
On the Side
Want a break from the usual mashed potatoes? These Dauphinoise Potatoes are a great choice. Or try my Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Syrup & Bourbon. It’s an unusual and delicious alternative to that marshmallow thing. Whether you’re planning on turkey or ham, this Santa Fe Cornbread Stuffing is an outstanding side dish that adds the ‘kick’ often missing from a lot of traditional menus.
No celebratory meal is complete without dessert, whether you want something as simple as Chef Robyn’s Minty Mistletoe Cookies or as elegant as this wonderful Cranberry Mousse. Or try Chef Jackie’s Eggnog Crème Brulee, a wonderfully smooth and creamy end to your holiday meal.