Finding quality time with your inner circle is next to impossible during the hectic holidays. Our solution: Invite your nearest and dearest over for one of these laid-back get-togethers.
Super-Easy Soup & Salad
Consider this a special-occasion menu, minus the fuss. Be strategic: While the brisket braises into melting tenderness in a bath of red wine and onions, you'll have time to make the applesauce, brown the latkes...and take a bow.
Chicken for a Crowd
Feed the gang with one large 5- to 6-pound bird or two smaller ones. To achieve golden brown skin, first roast at high heat, then turn the oven temperature down to cook the chicken through.
Wine & (Grilled) Cheese Bar
Take it easy and let guests build their own panini from a host of flavor combos. Serve it all on a large cheese board—one big moveable feast.