Center your meal on one of these festive and hearty main dish recipes. You've found the elegant centerpiece of your holiday table.
Classic Roasted Duck with Orange-Bourbon-Molasses Glaze
The secret to crispy skin is a dry duck. Pat ducks with a paper towel before, during, and after refrigerating. Store uncovered in the back, coldest part of your fridge for up to two days ahead.
Veal Chops Milanese with Lemon and Herbs
Ask your butcher to "french" the chops for you so you take home clean meat that's ready to prep.
Creamy Shrimp Piccata
Recipe: Creamy Shrimp Piccata
Save on prep time by buying shrimp peeled and deveined.
Grilled Cornish Hens with Herb Brine
If you don't own kitchen shears, that's ok—a pair of heavy-duty scissors will work just as well.
Grilled Pork Loin Steaks with Cherry-Plum Sauce
Make the Cherry-Plum Sauce three to four days ahead, and reheat over low heat. If it's too thick, add water, a little at a time, until it reaches desired consistency.
Spice-Rubbed Tenderloin with Mustard-Cream Sauce
Since beef tenderloin doesn't have much fat, it can easily become dry and overcooked. For tender slices, don't cook past a meat thermometer registering 130° in the center.
Hoppin' John Cakes with Tomato-Jalapeño Gravy
We suggest cooking rice one to two days ahead of time so it has time to dry out.
Beef Short Ribs
Recipe: Beef Short Ribs
This dish looks so impressive but requires little effort. You don't have to use an expensive bottle of wine for cooking, but make sure you like the flavor.
Coq Au Vin
Recipe: Coq au Vin
This variation on the classic French wine-braised chicken uses white instead of red wine, giving the finished dish a lovely golden hue.
Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder
Recipe: Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder
If you want to dress up the humble pork shoulder roast, ask your butcher to butterfly it. Sprinkle the spice rub all over both sides of pork; roll and tie it with kitchen string before browning.
Parmesan-Crusted Lamb Shanks
Recipe: Parmesan-Crusted Lamb Shanks
Parmigiano-Reggiano is aged, dry, and crumbly, so it's easy to grate, making it ideal for creating the beautiful and flavorful crust on these truly luscious shanks. If you want to work ahead, prepare the recipe through Step 3; cover and chill. Skim any solid fat off the top, reheat shanks and sauce, and pick back up with Step 4. This very flavorful and tender lamb pairs well with couscous or butternut puree.
Turkey Roulade with Figgy Port Wine Sauce
Thick slices of bacon and spinach are rolled into turkey breasts and baked to perfection. A fig and port wine reduction completes this holiday dish.
Tangy-Sweet Lemon Chicken
Recipe: Tangy-Sweet Lemon Chicken
Mediterranean flavors meld deliciously in this chicken dish. Bone-in breasts are meaty and cook perfectly in the moist heat of the braise.
Beer-Braised Turkey Legs
Recipe: Beer-Braised Turkey Legs
These Latin-inspired turkey legs are a welcome change of pace from the traditional holiday roast.
Herb-Roasted Pork Loin
Recipe: Herb-Roasted Pork Loin
Seasoning and chilling the meat uncovered will help form a crust, encouraging a beautiful deep, golden brown color while cooking.
Brisket with Mushroom-and-Onion Gravy
Flat-cut brisket comes in a range of sizes. If you get a large, oblong piece, trim the thin end off, if necessary, so it will fit in a Dutch oven and cook evenly.
Spicy Fruit-Stuffed Pork Loin with Roasted Pears and Onions
A sweet-and-spicy fruit mixture fills this juicy pork loin, and pear preserves make a delectable glaze. You won't even need a centerpiece if this is on the menu.
Honey-Curry Glazed Lamb with Roasted Grapes and Cranberries
A honey-curry glaze elevates this lamb to a whole new level. Roasted grapes and cranberries add a festive and tasty touch to this impressive meal.
Herb-and-Potato Chip-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Smoked Paprika Pork Roast with Sticky Stout Barbecue Sauce
We "dry-brine" this pork before grilling it with a salt-and-sugar mixture to make it extra flavorful and juicy. The Sticky Stout Barbecue Sauce boosts the flavor and juiciness even more.
Honey-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Applesauce
This casual and elegant meal with be a hit with pork lovers of all ages.
Pork Loin Roast With Carolina Apple Compote
Trussing the roast promotes even cooking. If you prefer, ask your butcher to do it for you.
Honey-Bourbon Glazed Ham
Roasted Paprika Chicken
Recipe: Roasted Paprika Chicken
Choose a mixture of everyone's favorite chicken pieces, such as drumsticks, bone-in breasts, and thighs.
Perfect Beef Tenderloin
Recipe: Pecan-and-Dill-Crusted Salmon
This refined whole side of salmon takes only 10 minutes to prep and makes for a stunning presentation. Whether you serve it for a holiday dinner, casual brunch, or Sunday supper you and your family will definitely want to keep this one on the rotation.
Pancetta-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin with Whipped Horseradish Cream
Add extra flavor to roasted beef tenderloin by wrapping it in pancetta and baking it until the pancetta is crispy. Serve with Whipped Horseradish Cream.
Sage-Crusted Pork Racks with Pear Chutney
Cracklin'-Fresh Picnic Ham with Apple-Cranberry-Pomegranate Salsa
While a holiday ham traditionally consists of a cured, brined, or smoked cut of pork from the hind leg, we're taking liberties with the word "ham" and choosing th best cut for this job: the shoulder. A fresh Apple-Cranberry-Pomegranate Salsa pairs well with any holiday pork roast or turkey.
Standing Rib Roast with Red Wine Mushrooms
Start roasting at 450º for 45 minutes to form the caramelized crust. Then reduce the temperature and finish cooking to keep the inside pink and juicy.
Cherries Jubilee-Black Pepper Glazed Ham
We baked this ham at a low temperature—275°—which made it juicier and more tender than a higher temperature would have yielded.
Shrimp and Andouille Sausage With Asiago Grits
Full of spicy Louisiana flair, this dish is perfect for a more intimate get-together.
Pork Roast with Sweet Onion-Pumpkin Seed Relish
Be sure to ask your butcher to cut out the chine bone and to French the rib rack for easy carving and an elegant presentation.
Roasted Pork with Dried Fruit and Port Sauce
Recipe developer Victoria Amory recommends preparing the meat and sauce separately, then warming them together just before serving.
Fennel-Crusted Rib Roast
Recipe: Fennel-Crusted Rib Roast
Rub prime rib with freshly ground peppercorns, coriander, and fennel for a heady combination of seasonings that perfectly complements this elegant cut of meat. A garnish of fresh cranberries and oranges adds vibrant color to your table, making this dish as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.
Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna
A container of refrigerated pesto adds distinctive flavor to this basic beef-and-cheese lasagna, and the unbaked lasagna can be frozen for up to three months.
Beef Tenderloin With Henry Bain Sauce
Entrées don’t come any grander than beef tenderloin, and the Henry Bain Sauce served with this one is a Kentucky classic. Surround it with top-rated sides, and you have a meal guaranteed to make memories.
Cornish Game Hens with Butternut Croutons
Serve these succulent, single-serving hens on a large platter family style, or plate them individually. Either way, be sure to warm your serving dishes in advance. Generally, 1-pound hens are the perfect size.