A few special touches turn this classic into a sophisticated dinner
by Suzanne Goin
Despite what people may think, my family's holiday dinner is anything but "chefy." This is the time when I avoid overly complicated presentations and stick with classic dishes. But I always like to add a little something—a fancy garnish or an unusual ingredient—to mark the specialness of the occasion. This holiday menu, which combines family favorites with a few beloved menu items from my restaurants, AOC and Lucques, is in tune with this spirit. While all the dishes are straightforward at heart, a few twists make them feel elegant and unusual.
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You can find hundreds more holiday recipes and menus like this one on the Guide to Christmas Dinner, or customize your own holiday menu in a few clicks using an app that gives you a complete shopping list and timeline.
This menu isn’t difficult, but it does have a lot of steps. The key to making it do-able and stress-free is to plan ahead, do your shopping early, and organize yourself. Here’s a strategy for making it happen.
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