Show-stopping Holiday Mains

The holidays are a time for showcasing your best cooking and hospitality. If you’re hosting dinner this year, try one of my special occasion roasts or braises.  Be sure to plan ahead so that your meat counter or butcher has what you need.  The butcher in any grocery store- even Safeway or Fred Meyer, can have these cuts ready for you with a little notice, so don’t feel like you have to go to a fancy specialty butcher shop.  Although if you have time, I really recommend Sheridan Fruit Company’s butcher for the best meat selection in Portland and the most knowledgable staff.  There’s a recipe here for every budget and level of cooking experience.  Except for vegetarians. Then you should click here. 

Crown Roast of Pork

The ultimate holiday centerpiece




Italian-style pork roast, a crowdpleaser



Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

A decadent family favorite



Rotolo Di Manzo

Braised, stuffed beef roulade



Chicken Apricot Tagine

Casual and budget friendly and super delish



Holiday Turkey Roulade

Stuffed and rolled turkey breast, perfect for a smaller group



Classic Prime Rib

The mother of all holiday roasts



Roasted Turkey and Bread Salad

For the traditionalists



Braised Brisket 

Easy and inexpensive











About swellkid recipes

I am a mother of two boys, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me with my Canon Digital Rebel XT. No filters or Photoshop, usually natural light on my kitchen table. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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