Impressive Holiday Main Dishes
They'll be the center of attention, no matter what you're celebrating.
While the holiday season can be stressful — shopping, traveling, baking, hosting, the list goes on! — figuring out what to make for your celebration can actually be quite easy. Armed with these showstopping recipes, you can cross one more item off your to-do list.
Pineapple Honey-Glazed Ham (pictured above)
When you can't decide between salty and sweet, don't! Dress your ham in pineapple rings and maraschino cherries, then brush with a glossy glaze made with pineapple juice, honey and brown sugar.
A crown roast of lamb is guaranteed to wow any crowd — just imagine how this will look on your holiday table! Whip up Valerie Bertinelli's easy mint pesto in your food processor while the roast cooks, then serve on the side to add super fresh flavor.
Forget the bready dressing you just served for Thanksgiving. This wild rice dressing is lighter and packed with dried fruit. Use orange marmalade or apricot preserves along with a touch of cider vinegar to glaze the roast chicken — it'll make the skin extra crispy and flavorful.
Who says a main needs to be meaty? Vegetarians and meat eaters alike will rejoice at this impressive meat-free centerpiece. They will be in awe when you cut into the golden-brown puff pastry to reveal a buttery, roasted cauliflower and hearty mushrooms.
Butterflying a standing rib roast might sound intimidating, but trust us: It's worth the effort. You'll impress every last guest when you serve up this incredibly tender roast stuffed with all the quintessential Christmas roast sides, garlicky spinach, sauteed mushrooms and buttery brioche.
When shrimp scampi meets stuffed shells, everybody wins. Ree Drummond's super cheesy recipe makes enough to feed 16 hungry guests, so be sure to keep this one on hand when you've got the entire family in town.
Roll peppers, herbs and cheese into flank steak for what might just be the most-festive main we've ever seen. When you slice the roast, each piece shows off some of the red and green filling, perfect for your holiday table.
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