Come December, I’ve got a hankering for something substantial—but I don’t think this craving makes me an outlier. 'Tis the season for heavier foods. Blustery winds and the warm indoors call for something filling. If television and good company bring you to a couch, let a steak bring you to the table.
True, your grill has been hibernating for a bit, but fear not: Drool-worthy meats aren’t the property of a propane burner alone. A crispy char and juicy inside are just as achievable in a pan. So fire up that cast iron (or whatever sturdy stovetop companion you’ve got), assemble herbs for fragrance, and grab a garnish, be it simple, sweet, or earthy. We've assembled the best meaty centerpieces from our Automagic Holiday Menu Maker. If these dishes leave you inspired, head over to the Menu Maker and plan the rest of your Holiday meal.
Valerio is a freelance food writer, editor, researcher and cook. He grew up in his parent's Italian restaurants covered in pizza flour and drinking a Shirley Temple a day. Since, he's worked as a cheesemonger in New York City and a paella instructor in Barcelona. He now lives in Berlin, Germany where he's most likely to be found eating shawarma.