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Standing Rib Roast with Horseradish Cream

Ramona King

Standing Rib Roast with Horseradish Cream


Your easy, yet indulgent, Christmas dinner menu

Celebratory, comforting, and just the right amount of indulgent, Christmas dinner is the perfect way to cap off the holiday season. And after a day filled with gift-giving (and collecting the wrapping paper that remains), what could be better than gathering around a spread filled with everyone's favorite wintertime dishes?

Here are some of our favorite recipes to add to your holiday dinner. 

Standing Rib Roast with Horseradish Cream
Paired with a tangy horseadish sauce, this roast is an impressive centerpiece to any holiday dinner. This recipe uses a unique method of starting the recipe at very high heat, then finishing with the oven completely turned off, which results in a perfectly medium-rare roast — just don't be tempted to open the oven to peek!   
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Green Beans with Almond Brown Butter
Crisp green beans tossed in nutty brown butter and crunchy almonds makes for an eye-catching dish, as well as a somewhat healthy offering during a season of decadent food. The green beans keep their vibrant green color thanks to blanching them — avoid overcrowding the pot and cook until they're just tender for the best results. 
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Anne Quatrano's Scalloped Potatoes
No Christmas dinner is complete without something rich, creamy, and buttery — especially when it features everyone's favorite starch. A mandoline makes this dish come together quickly, but as always, be careful when using one. 
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Wait, what about dessert? Here are some easy ideas:
Virginia Willis's Spicy Golden Gingersnaps
Apple-Cranberry Cobbler
Southern Kitchen's Pecan Pie

Photo Credit (Green Beans): Ramona King

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Dena Rayess is a recipe editor and cookbook author based in San Francisco. She enjoys exploring new foodways in and around the Bay Area and beyond, and has been known to whip up a mean house cocktail at dinner parties.