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Standing Rib Roast with Horseradish Cream

Ramona King

Standing Rib Roast with Horseradish Cream

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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.

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