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 crisp winter evenings. This Kale Salad with Roasted Apples and Pomegranate stars some of the season’s best ingredients: apples, roasted until softened and browned, and bright pomegranate seeds.
A special occasion calls for an impressive centerpiece, and Prime Rib with Herbes de Provence Crust is as awe-inspiring as it is delicious. On the side, serve Hasselback Potatoes, which are baked in a gorgeous fan shape and garnished with fresh chives. (You’ll be surprised how easy they are to make!) Our Green Beans with Brown Butter and Radishes combine peppery radishes, crisp-tender green beans and toasted hazelnuts into a flavorful medley, while Roasted Baby Root Vegetables make a hearty, comforting side.
Desserts showcase the season’s signature flavors: chocolate and peppermint. This Chocolate Tart with Peppermint Snaps is rich and decadent, and our Peppermint Bark Pavlova — with layers of crisp meringue, chocolate ganache and crumbled Peppermint Bark — creates a dramatic ending to an unforgettable night.
- 1 to 2 days ahead: Make the mignonette sauce for the oysters. Season the prime rib with the herb mixture, cover and refrigerate. Make the chocolate tart and refrigerate.
- Day of: Make the pavlova. Make the kale salad. Par-cook the green beans and radishes for the side dish. Roast the root vegetables.
- Before serving: Roast the prime rib. Shuck and prepare the oysters. Bake the potatoes. Finish and reheat the green bean and root vegetables side dishes.
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.