With Thanksgiving a near distant memory and a refrigerator full of leftovers, the last thing you want to think about is food — namely turkey. Don’t let Christmas dinner be a second “Turkey Day.” Make your holiday season a little bit brighter with these impressive main course ideas that go beyond turkey. So pour yourself a glass of wine from your home bar or wine storage cabinet, make yourself comfortable, and read on!
Roast beef is a winter staple, and melt-in-your-mouth whole tenderloin is the perfect choice for special occasions. This Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin from the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen would make a fine centerpiece to any holiday table. It features a rich and savory horseradish cream sauce, with dry vermouth from your home bar cabinets. Pink and green peppercorns and sprigs of rosemary add a festive touch to your holiday gathering. For the full recipe from Good Housekeeping, click here.
According to Bon Appétit, this Holiday Ham recipe will rival anything under the tree. Basted and baked with whole grain mustard and sweet Riesling from your wine storage cabinet, this seasonal favorite takes your ham game up a few notches. And while it looks and tastes impressive, it’s actually quite simple to make. For the recipe for Holiday Ham with Riesling and Mustard and a list of ingredients from Bon Appétit, click here.
This cut of pork is lean and has a mild taste. By stuffing your pork loin with a mixture of chopped fresh herbs and garlic, you will not only add flavor from within, but also help to ensure a moist and tender roast (and an impressive main course) for your Christmas dinner. For a simple, east-to-follow recipe for Roasted Pork with Sage, Rosemary, and Garlic from Epicurious, click here.
If you think Crown Roast of Lamb sounds fancy — it is! If you’re looking for a challenge and a truly gourmet Christmas dinner, this recipe from Food Network’s Alton Brown is sure to garner “oohs” and “ahhs” around the dining room table, thanks to its succulent blend of flavors and impressive presentation. Rich and savory, lamb is definitely not like turkey — not even close. For the recipe and instructional video from Food Network, click here.
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