Ah, the holidays.
If you’re celebrating anything this holiday season, the stress has already started to mount.
Feeding a crowd is hard enough. Throw in sky-high expectations and a healthy dollup of “tradition”, and you’ve got a recipe for food-related meltdowns.
But what if we told you that you didn’t have to be a slave to tradition?
What if we told you holiday cooking could be fun?
What if we told you… NOT to cook a turkey?
Turkey can be great, don’t get us wrong.
But cooking a big ole bird that requires hours and hours of time in the oven and is prone to overcooking, only to have your guests dump boatloads (pun intended) of gravy all over it and eat just enough to be polite so they can justify eating dessert… all in the name of “tradition”?
Nah, we’ll pass.
This year, flout tradition. Cook something you’ll have fun cooking that your guests will actually enjoy – novel, we know.
THE OTHER WHITE MEAT – CHICKEN
Perfect for: appeasing the purists
Chickens are smaller, and therefore far easier to roast without overcooking. If you have a large crowd, roasting two chickens works just as well as one big turkey. According to Martha Stewart, a high-quality, organic roast chicken doesn’t require nearly as much brining or seasoning to stay moist. (And who are we to question Martha?!)
(Or, if you want even LESS work, whip up some bacon-wrapped chicken breasts and tell your guests to bring the sides!)
FEAST OF FISHES
Perfect for: Italians and wannabe Italians
Celebrate the Italian “Feast of Seven Fishes” with a flakey and delicious salmon filet dish.
THE OTHER, OTHER WHITE MEAT – PORK TENDERLOIN
Perfect for: impressing family with your distinguished palette
It is ridiculously easy to make premium, naturally-raised pork tenderloin look and taste super fancy.
Caramelized onion, cranberry, and goat cheese stuffed pork tenderloin combines all the traditional holiday flavours into a decidedly un-traditional roast that looks very Master Chef-esque. Serve with garlic-roasted potatoes and Brussel sprouts for a festive feast.
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