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Holiday Birds

poultry recipes for Christmas dinner

Beef tenderloin may be your traditional Christmas dinner, but what about other special-occasion roasts? Are you game for something different? Roast goose makes perfect holiday fare (ah, Dickens!), as does whole duck brushed with glaze and always-elegant Cornish game hens.


Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Cranberry-Port Sauce

Cornish game hens look and taste great (without much effort, in fact) but the sauce here, truly makes the dish. Reviewers recommend doubling it from the get-go.

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Roasted Goose with Brandied Prune Stuffing & Red Wine Gravy

The rich, all-dark, almost beefy taste of goose makes it especially holiday-worthy. Plus, who can resist the lure of a traditional Dickensian Christmas?

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Roast Carneros Squab with Pressed Sherry Jus

Tender is the word for squab. Lean is another one. Just make sure to cook no more than medium rare or it loses its robust flavor and texture.

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Roasted Turkey with Juniper-Ginger Butter & Pan Gravy

Freshly-ground juniper flavors the butter beautifully and gives this juicy turkey a Christmas-y vibe.

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Cranberry-Honey-Glazed Chicken

The sugar in the honey and the red color from the cranberries help the chicken brown to a beautiful burnished glow, and the slightly sweet skin is a nice complement to the juicy chicken meat.

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Truffle-Scented Cornish Game Hens with Prosciutto & Wild Mushrooms

An earthy mix of chanterelle, porcini, and morel mushrooms and rich, heady truffle oil make this dish a holiday standout.

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Butter-Rubbed Roast Turkey

Basting with cider during the last hour of roasting creates a sweet and beautiful bronze-glazed finish on this simple holiday bird.

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Roasted Ducks with Tangerine-Hoisin Glaze

The ducks are made abundantly flavorful by a rub of garlic, tangerine zest, five-spice powder, and coriander and an Asian-inspired glaze during the last few minutes of roasting.

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Glazed Cornish Game Hens with Couscous Stuffing

These tender little birds are easy yet elegant, and you can brush on a glaze that suits your taste: a warm Port-Spice Glaze or a Gingery Citrus Glaze.

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Roast Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes, Leeks & Bacon

This traditional Sunday dinner is certainly special enough for a holiday. The chicken comes out incredibly juicy, with delicate herbal notes, and the vegetables are meltingly tender.

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