Herb-Braised Ham


Inspired by the traditional French-Canadian réveillon, or Christmas Eve dinner, this menu is all about hearty winter flavors: freshly roasted chestnuts, warming butternut squash, rich maple, and smoky ham.

Roasted Chestnuts
Kale, Butternut Squash, and Pancetta Pie
Herb-Braised Ham
Endive and Radicchio Salad
Maple Walnut Bûche de Noël
Walnut Brittle
Miso Rubbed Turkey with Turkey Gravy


If your family is in the turkey-for-Christmas camp, we’ve got just the recipe for you: The miso won’t give the bird an Asian flavor, but it will make for wonderfully moist meat. Round out the meal with earthy sides and two irresistible desserts.

Creamy Fennel and Greens Soup (web-exclusive)
Miso Rubbed Turkey with Turkey Gravy
Sage Stuffing
Roasted Cauliflower and Radicchio Salad
Cranberry Tangerine Conserve
Pear Crisps with Vanilla Brown Butter
Fennel Ice Cream
Rosemary Lamb Chops with Swiss Chard and Balsamic Syrup


This market-driven menu might just become an instant classic in your house. Vibrant spiced lamb chops and decadent mashed potatoes bring comfort, while tangy-sweet corn bread and luscious chocolate cakes provide the joy.

Carrot Soup with Toasted Almonds
Rosemary Lamb Chops with Swiss Chard and Balsamic Syrup
Brown Butter and Scallion Mashed Potatoes
Chopped Arugula Salad
Sun-Dried Tomato Skillet Corn Bread (web-exclusive)
Chocolate Cranberry Cakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream
Crab Cakes


On Christmas Eve, Southern Italians celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a procession of seafood dishes containing seven different kinds of sea creatures (and sometimes many more). Our take on the tradition revolves around a zesty Genoese stew, with enough delicious side and dessert options to make it a definite feast.

Crab Cakes
Onion Anchovy Galette (web-exclusive)
Seafood Salad with Fennel and Green Beans
Linguine with Cockles
Romaine with Garlic Anchovy Vinaigrette
Seafood Stew
Orange Pudding Cake
Stracciatella Tortoni Cake with Espresso Fudge Sauce
Spiced Roast Goose with Dried-Fruit Pan Sauce


A goose on the table is a gift in and of itself, but this one—with crisp, sweetly spiced skin and tender meat—is truly special. Take it over the top with three elegant sides and a Scandinavian-style starter and dessert.

Curried Herring on Rye Toasts
Spiced Roast Goose with Dried-Fruit Pan Sauce
Potato Parsnip Purée
Baby Brussels Sprouts with Buttered Pecans
Frisée,Watercress, and Mint Salad
Salzburger Nockerl
Buddha's delight


Peppered with Asian influences, this menu is perhaps a departure from your typical Christmas meal. But once your guests have tried this unbelievably flavorful main dish (which reaches sublime heights when made with top-notch ingredients) and these exciting accompaniments, not even the most committed carnivores will miss the meat.

Buddha’s Delight
Snow Peas with Sichuan Preserved Vegetable
Pumpkin, Corn, and Lemongrass Soup
Chinese Black Rice
Five-Herb Ice Milk
Five-Spice Cones
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