Holiday Entertaining

11 Golden, Gussied-Up Birds Guests Will Flock To

December 13, 2017

When you’re planning your holiday menu, you want a big, bold centerpiece. A main that’s going to elicit ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ and maybe a gasp or two. You want a golden and crispy and juicy bird.

We celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey (although we’re down to break it out for other feasts), so your holiday table, too, deserves a big, beautiful bird. This season, roast chicken with fragrant herbs or butter up a gigantic goose. Try game hens for individual servings, or give carving a turkey a second try. Here are 11 show-stopping mains we promise your guests will flock to.

What do you serve as your holiday main? Is turkey only for Thanksgiving?

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Katie is a food writer and editor who loves cheesy puns and cheesy cheese.