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An Easy Christmas Dinner That Fits Into Your Christmas Day

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If you want the focus of your Christmas day to be on time with family and friends (oh, and opening a gift or two), turn to this easy, streamlined menu. The centerpiece is filet mignons surrounded by jewel-colored roasted vegetables, with frisée salad and creamy smashed roasted potatoes on the side. It finishes with a snowy white chocolate mousse that’s fun to dress up with seasonal garnishes (try pomegranate seeds and pistachios for a particularly festive look). With just a couple quick prep tasks in advance, and some hands-off roasting two hours out, the bulk of the cooking happens in the last 30 minutes.

Menu Timeline

One Day Ahead

  • Make the base for the white chocolate mousse.

In the Morning

  • Finish and refrigerate the white chocolate mousse.
  • Assemble the salad but do not dress it.

Two Hours Ahead

  • Start the beets for the Jewel-Roasted Vegetables.

90 Minutes Ahead

  • Begin roasting the Brussels sprouts and carrots for the Jewel-Roasted Vegetables.

30 Minutes Ahead

  • Begin making the smashed potatoes.
  • Make the sauce for the Seared Filet Mignon.

20 Minutes Ahead

  • Sear and Roast the Filet Mignons.
  • Toss together the Jewel-Roasted Vegetables.
  • Dress the salad.

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