16 Holiday Roasts with the Most

December  3, 2015

The gifts are bought, the holiday cheer is in the air, and now: It's time for dinner. There's nothing that shouts "special occasion" more than a beautiful roast in the center of the holiday table. Here, then, are 9 succulent roasts—beef, pork, lamb, and one handsome turkey—to fit the occasion. Your family and friends will be thanking you until next year. 

Lynne Curry's Prime Rib with Mustard and Herb Butter by Genius Recipes

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Coffee-Rubbed Ribeye Roast by Mylittlejarofspices


Sweet and Savory Overnight Roast Pork by Merrill Stubbs


Lemon-Oregano Leg of Lamb by CherylDLee


Betty Wason's Basic Pot Roast by Genius Recipes


Roasted Pork Belly by monkeymom

Roasted Pork Belly


Ann Seranne's Rib Roast of Beef from Genius Recipes

rib roast


Prime Rib with Sautéed Mushrooms and Mom's Creamy Horseradish Sauce by Waverly

Prime Rib


Pork Brined in Rum and Cider with Apples by Kevin


Porcini and Rosemary Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce by TasteFood


New Year's Day Fresh Ham by wssmom

Fresh Ham


Leg of Lamb with Garlic Sauce by ChefJune

Leg of Lamb


Russ Parsons' Dry-Brined Turkey from Genius Recipes

dry-brined turkey



Whole Roasted Fish with Rosemary Potatoes by DueSpaghetti



Pomegranate Roast Lamb by Savour

Pomegranate Roast Lamb



Slow Roast Duck by Merrill Stubbs



Describe your perfect holiday dinner in the comments. (Invitations welcome!

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LBE January 1, 2015
These are so lovely, I want to cook the all right away! Though I am surprised to not see a roast duck. Culling my cookbooks now...
Suzy S. December 19, 2011
This is perfect as I'm making my Christmas menu now and my heart is set on doing a roast! In particular, my heart is aflutter Ann Seranne's Rib Roast of Beef recipe from "Genius Recipes"!