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7 Recipes to Get a Handle On Holiday Hosting

Who says hosting has to be complicated? These recipes and tips will help you put together a seamless holiday dinner with as less stress as possible.

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Forty-four percent of Americans are stressed about the holidays – shocker. If you’re hosting holiday dinner this year, you know the feeling. If you’re not, hug someone who is. Christmas dinner brings a whole lot of pressure for dazzling main courses that are not only delicious but fit everyone’s dietary needs.

We put together a group of recipes that are secretly simple to put together but look elegant, impressive and delicious.

Roasted Cauliflower with Brown Butter Sage Vinaigrette

Roasted Cauliflower with Brown Butter Sage Vinaigrette
Photography by Darren Kemper

Get the recipe here.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin with Cherry Cranberry Pan Sauce

Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin with Cherry Cranberry Pan Sauce
Photography by Darren Kemper

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Spatchcocked Dry-Brined Turkey with Make-Ahead Gravy

Spatchcocked Dry-Brined Turkey with Make-Ahead Gravy
Photography by Darren Kemper

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Mixed Greens Galette with Caramelized Onions & Goat Cheese

Mixed Greens Galette with Caramelized Onions & Goat Cheese
Photography by Darren Kemper

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Sourdough Dressing with Turkey Sausage, Walnuts & Pomegranate

Sourdough Dressing with Turkey Sausage, Walnuts & Pomegranate
Photography by Darren Kemper

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Related: Menus for Your (Small) Holiday Gathering

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Sunchokes, Pecorino & Olives

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Sunchokes, Pecorini & Olives
Photography by Darren Kemper

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Vanilla-Glazed Sweet Potato Wedges with Candies Pecans

Vanilla-Glazed Sweet Potato Wedges with Candied Pecans
Photography by Darren Kemper

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Adapt Your Holiday Feast

By selecting the right dishes, this mix-and-match menu can work for just about any dietary restriction. Here’s how to make these versatile recipes work for you.

Spatchcocked Dry-Brined Turkey with Make-Ahead Gravy

Sourdough Dressing with Turkey Sausage, Walnuts & Pomegranate

Vegetarian Menu

Roasted Cauliflower with Brown Butter Sage Vinaigrette 

Mixed Greens Galette with Caramelized Onions & Goat Cheese 

Vanilla-Glazed Sweet Potato Wedges with Candied Pecans 

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Sunchokes, Pecorino & Olives 

Gluten- and Grain-Free Menu

Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin with Cherry Cranberry Sauce

Roasted Cauliflower with Brown Butter Sage Vinaigrette

Vanilla-Glazed Sweet Potato Wedges with Candied Pecans 

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Sunchokes, Pecorino & Olives 

5 Tips for Stress-Free Hosting

1. Write a menu and stick to it. Several weeks before, plan the menu. Adding dishes later will only add stress, so stick to the plan, stay organized and serve only what you can realistically handle making. Order any big items (like the turkey) in advance.

2. Keep it simple. No need to add the whole spice drawer for a great meal. The key is to buy fresh, organic ingredients and splurge a little with staples like olive oil, fresh herbs and flaky sea salt.

3. Write lists, lots of them. Look over your menu and write a shopping list. It may seem fastidious, but organizing your list by department will ensure you won’t zigzag all over the supermarket. Write a chronological list for all the do-ahead cooking tasks you can complete in the days leading up to the party. Write a final big-day timeline so you can have everything ready in time, even when you’re distracted with a house full of guests.

4. Work ahead. Each recipe here includes do-ahead instructions, so you can break the cooking into simple tasks done days in advance. It’s also wise to prep your space the night before – set the table, prepare serving dishes and set up a bar area with glasses and a wine opener.

5. Delegate and cheat. Assign a family member to bring a dessert, ask a friend to bring one of the side dishes and delegate a bartender to pour drinks. And you don’t have to make everything from scratch! An artfully arranged platter of sliced pears, toasted nuts and one special cheese makes an elegant appetizer. Buy precut vegetables from the produce department to save time. In short, make it easy on yourself – it’s your holiday, too!