Stop searching for the perfect main course to go with your holiday meal and go spend time with your family. From duck breast to perfectly-cooked prime rib and even a marinated tofu recipe for your vegetarian guests, we've got you covered. These 15 dishes are worthy of your Christmas table.
1. Roast Prime Rib of Beef
We favor roasting large cuts of meat at a low temperature; the gentle heat cooks them evenly throughout (which means beautifully rosy pink slices of beef).
Recipe: Roast Prime Rib of Beef
2. Duo of Beef with Parsnip Puree, Swiss Chard and Beets
The Atlas Room in Washington, D.C. brings a modern touch to its seasonally based menu.Duo of Beef is a plate with braised short ribs and grilled flat iron steak, served over parsnip-potato purée, roasted beets, swiss chard,topped with a mulled red wine bordelaise sauce. This dish has been the singular constant on The Atlas Room menu since day one, evoking the deep flavors of beef in a rich and refined manner. Try this for the holidays -- friends and family are sure to be impressed.
3. Controfiletto di Maiale al Profumo di Rosmarino
Berkshire pork chop with perfumed with rosemary and sautéed shallot. Make your holiday man course a real star with this simple yet flavorful dish.
4. Super-Crusty Grilled Steaks
The best steaks are salty, sizzling, and almost singed on the outside and juicy, red, and almost buttery within. It’s the contrast that makes for perfect steak. Steakhouses achieve formidable crust with industrial-strength grills and broilers (some push temperatures into quadruple digits!) that instantly evaporate surface moisture on the meat, leaving a dry surface upon which to build a substantial caramelized crust.
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Home rigs can’t get that hot (500 degrees is all you can ask for), so you can kiss good crust goodbye. So how do you get that perfectly grilled steak with the amazing flavorful crust? Follow these directions to the T and you will have a crowds praising your culinary skills.
Recipe: Super-Crusty Grilled Steaks
5. Crispy Roasted Duck Breast
This duck dish served aboard Lumiere’s on the Disney Magic and Triton’s on the Disney Wonder and would make the perfect main dish for Christmas.
Recipe: Crispy Roasted Duck Breast
6. Coffee-Spiced Prime Rib Roast
The coffee and chili powder add a nice earthly aspect that compliments and enhances the bold, beef flavor of the rib roast. Have your butcher prepare the prime rib with the fat cap still attached. Have him cut under the fat cap as though it were going to be removed but leave it attached on one side.
Recipe: Coffee-Spiced Prime Rib Roast
7. Rainier Cherry & Maple Glazed Bandera Quail
Bandera quail is from Bandera, Tex. which is known among world-class chefs and the public, not for beef but for its exceptionally high quality and affordable quail meat.
The addition of the sweet and slightly tart cherries adds a unique flavor to this winning dish.
8. Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms
The last thing anyone wants to do before Christmas is make a complicated, time-consuming recipe for dinner. Enter this recipe, which puts dinner on the table in just 30 minutes.
9. Shrimp Bouillabaisse
Traditional bouillabaisse is a marvelous dish that requires many kinds of seafood and a lot of time to make. This quicker version delivers all the thrills of the original but uses only shrimp, plus fennel and edamame. Yogurt adds a sense of the characteristic creaminess, and buttery garlic bread completes the meal.
Recipe: Shrimp Bouillabaisse
10. Black Cod with Miso
This sweet and silky fish dish from Nobu New York has been cloned at restaurants all over the country. It's fairly straightforward to make. The fish marinates overnight in just enough sake and miso to coat. Quickly searing the cod, then finishing it in the oven, creates a beautifully burnished crust.
Recipe: Black Cod with Miso
11. Chicken Breast Stuffed with Goat Cheese wrapped in Prosciutto
Looking for a fast way to jazz up your same old boring chicken? This goat cheese and spinach stuffed chicken breast wrapped in a layer of prosciutto will impress your guests. It takes little time prepare, but tastes and looks delicious.
12. Cajun Deep-Fried Whole Turkey
Developed decades ago by Louisiana Cajun chefs, deep-fried turkey has taken America by storm and adds a whole new dimension to the art of Southern frying. The result should be a turkey that is crunchy crisp on the outside with a succulent moist interior.
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Is the fried turkey really as glorious as they say? You bet it is.
Recipe: Cajun Deep-Fried Whole Turkey
13. Braised Lamb Neck With Wine Noodles
Chef Marcel Vigneron, "Top Chef" runner-up and star of Syfy's Marcel's Quantum Kitchen, dished out this delicacy.
14. Wine-Braised Beef Cheeks
How often do you get to say the words "beef cheeks" and "romantic dinner" in the same sentence? Well, now you can! This recipe elevates cheeks of beef to fine dining status. If cheeks are not available, then oxtail, beef shoulder, or shank will do.
Recipe: Wine-Braised Beef Cheeks
15. Mustard Crusted Tofu With Strawberries
For your vegetarian guests: pressed tofu is marinated with Dijon mustard, strawberries and honey, then breaded with flakey Panko breadcrumbs and cashews before being baked crisp in the oven. Strawberries are reduced with honey and balsamic vinegar to balance the sweet and savory in this playful dinner. This recipe comes to us from Kelly of The Pink Apron.