Holiday Recipes | Main Dishes

Photo courtesy Chima Steakhouse.

At this time of year, you might be looking to put something other than turkey as center stage on your holiday table. There is an abundance of options so we’ve rounded up a few suggestions we hope will help you select the next lead role on your menu. Pair one of these mains with your favorite sides for a festive feast. While the gatherings might be smaller this year, we hope they are filled with plentiful food, friends and family on Zoom along with an abundance of good tidings. Happiest of Holidays – from our tables to yours!

Roast GoosePhoto courtesy Olive Magazine.

Alton Brown | Roast Goose (with roast potatoes and mustard greens)

History tells us that Goose is the traditional main entree served at Christmastime, so that’s where we’ll begin. The recipe here includes a video that gives a step-by-step tutorial by Alton Brown - almost a one-stop-shop with decadent potatoes and yummy greens incorporated into the juices. Even Scrooge would be impressed!

Rack of LambPhoto courtesy Taste of Home.

Taste of Home | Rack of Lamb with Figs

This recipe brings memories of the author’s grandma who would make this as the holiday main dish because of her granddaughter’s love of figs. If you love figs or have a special someone who does, let it make memories for you and your family too.

Spiral HamPhoto courtesy Taste of Home.

Taste of Home | Spiral Ham with Cranberry Glaze

A holiday seasonal favorite with a sweet and tangy glaze that pleases both the eye and the palate. If ham is what you want for dinner, you can’t go wrong with this flavor profile with a holiday flare!

Pork RoastPhoto courtesy | Roast Pork with Apple & Apricot Stuffing

Are you a pork chop and apple sauce fan? Then, this one is for you. This recipe includes a stuffing with apples side that tosses in apricots for a fun little twist in which we're told, “you won’t regret it!”

Short RibsPhoto courtesy Good Housekeeping.

Good Housekeeping | Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta

Looking for warm and comforting? This one looks like it fits the bill! This recipe can be made in the Insta-Pot or stovetop, is relatively easy and the combination of braised ribs and polenta is over-the-top-deeelish (can you say sauce?). It’s no wonder Short Ribs are showing up more and more as a holiday staple. 

Beef BourguignonPhoto courtesy Woman's Day.

Woman’s Day | Easy Beef Bourguignon

Looking for a little sumthin’, sumthin’ different for the holiday dinner table but still special and full of comfort-food yumminess? How about this take on the German classic beef stew, Beef Bourguignon? Frohe Festtage!

Prime RibPhoto courtesy | Prime Rib

It wouldn’t be a full holiday-main-dish-recipe-list without including Prime Rib. There are so many recipes out there to compete for our attention, we’re offering up a segment from the Today Show that put two Prime Rib recipes to the test; Standing Rib Roast versus Peppercorn-crusted Sous-Vide Prime Rib. This segment includes videos + next day leftover ideas for each. Watch, enjoy and pick your fave to make or… why not go ahead & make one of each. Let the taste test begin!

Vegetable WellingtonPhoto courtesy Veganosity.

Veganosity | Vegetarian Wellington

One of our team’s vegan go-to’s for a showstopping main course is Vegetable Wellington. This dish is as delicious as it is beautiful to look at, is extremely satisfying and is easier to make than it looks. It also makes a great side dish for those who still want the meat. Serve it with a vegan gravy as the perfect accompaniment & we promise, not only will you not miss the meat you may reconsider your future eating options!

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