Traditional Roman-style Carbonara uses carryover heat from the piping hot pasta to cook eggs into a silky, creamy sauce. This updated take adds Brussels sprouts to help cut the richness of the bacon and eggs. Once you prep the ingredients, the recipe comes together fast for an easy weeknight meal that is elegant enough to serve to guests at a dinner party.
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This savory bread pudding is a great winter dish for a crowd. You can even make it vegetarian friendly by omit the bacon, use 1 tablespoon of olive oil to sauté the vegetables and add an additional 1/2 cup of smoked Gouda cheese to the filling. If you can’t find Gruyere cheese, feel free to substitute Jarlsberg or Swiss.
This simple galette takes advantage of the last of the summer stone fruit. Combining plums and peaches, the beauty of the galette is in the ease of making it. The more handcrafted and rustic it is, the more elegant it looks when you serve it!
The idea of making flaky biscuits may sound daunting but it really just requires you to fold the biscuit dough a few times to make the flaky layers of dough and butter. Don’t be scared, because the payoff in the end is a light and fluffy biscuit that flakes apart when you bite into. Totally worth the minimal effort involved.
Mashed Potatoes are probably one of the standard side dishes at Thanksgiving for good reason. Easy to make ahead of time and warmed up in the oven or microwave, mashed potatoes are one of the ultimate comfort foods. The addition of rosemary and garlic along with a top notch extra virgin olive oil bring the traditional mashed potatoes to a shining star dish all by itself. The fact that it’s super easy to make is just a bonus.
Making a potato galette is an easy way to impress. With a quick cook on the stovetop to jump start the cooking and a longer bake time in the oven, the outer potatoes get crispy brown while the inner potatoes are soft and luscious. The hardest part of the whole thing is flipping it over onto a platter!
Traditionally biscotti are Italian semi-sweet cookies that are served with coffee or tea. There’s no reason these twice-baked treats can’t also be savory! These olive and rosemary biscotti are perfect for an easy make-ahead appetizer for a dinner party or buffet.
This au gratin side dish takes advantage of all the summer squash that you see at the grocery store and farmers market. The touch of fresh sage hints at the autumn season just around the corner. Try to find a nice crusty rustic bread to cube and use for the au gratin. The texture it lends to the dish is key!
With all the heavy winter dishes this season, sometimes you need a little bit of a break. This spinach salad is the perfect solution. The maple glazed walnuts and the warm bacon vinaigrette make this a special salad, perfect for company or just an evening in from the bitter cold outside.
Blueberries are a surprising complement to the spice rubbed pork chops. There’s a subtle sweetness to the blueberry sauce, but don’t expect it to be overpowering. It’s more savory-salty than sugary-sweet. Don’t skip the brine, as it insures a super juicy pork chop.
Nothing impresses a Christmas dinner crowd like a beautifully glazed roasted goose. Though it may seem daunting to make, roasting a goose is actually easier than roasting a turkey because it doesn’t require any brining ahead of time. The key roasting a goose is to pierce the skin all over with a needle or sharp knife to make sure the layer of fat under the goose skin renders out, leaving a super crisp skin. Be sure to save the goose fat for a later use like roasted potatoes. It’s liquid gold!
Not all deviled eggs are made the same way. These luxurious version of the standard appetizer uses lobster meat and truffle salt to elevate the classic dish. The addition of the Parmesan crisp may seem like gilding the lily but they are so easy to make that you might as well go all out and make them for a stunning presentation and nibbly bite.