It’s the greatest joy of the holiday season: sharing a beautiful, bountiful meal with the people you love. Welcome family and friends to the table with a cozy feast of comforting dishes to pass and share — our recipes and tips will show you how.
Nothing marks the beginning of a celebration quite like raw oysters. Our Oysters on the Half Shell with Mignonette Sauce are served on crushed ice with a zesty, vinegary accompaniment.
Bring color and freshness to the meal with a hearty salad that’s perfect for winter evenings. This Endive Salad with Persimmon stars some of the season’s best ingredients: crisp endive, vibrant persimmon and tart pomegranate seeds.
A special occasion calls for an impressive centerpiece, and Herb-Crusted Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream is as awe-inspiring as it is delicious. On the side, serve Herbed Potato and Celery Root Puree, a rich potato puree with flavored with herbs. Our Sauteed Spinach, Currants and Pine Nuts adds a healthy dose of green and are a delicious vegetable side.
- 1 to 2 days ahead: Make the mignonette sauce for the oysters. Season the prime rib with the herb mixture, cover and refrigerate.
- Day of: Make and assemble the trifle. Prepare the endive salad.
- Before serving: Roast the prime rib. Shuck and prepare the oysters. Make the potato puree and saute the spinach. Dress the salad.
To create a lively and festive table, mix and match patterns, but keep it cohesive by staying in the same color family. Here, we layer berry-printed plates and napkins over copper chargers and a tartan tablecloth. Red glasses add even more merry cheer.
Special touches are what bring holidays to life and give them a permanent place in our memories. Bells tied on ribbons or Christmas crackers — choose something that speaks to your own family traditions.
A warm and inviting table is full of natural elements that make us feel at home. Instead of a grand centerpiece, arrange painted pine cones down the length of the table, or place a sprig of holly at each place setting. Even your serveware can bring in rustic details, as with this antler-shaped serving bowl. Miniature Christmas trees add charm and sentiment to a table or buffet; it’s the perfect time of year to be a bit playful and whimsical with your decor.