Christmas main dish ideas...a red meat and a white meat... No ham. Thanks!
I'm trying to figure out what to make for Christmas. Two different type of meat that are a delicious recipes. But not too time consuming day of. Please help, thanks!
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If you have a lot of guests and can't do all the meat on the grill, I'd do the pork roast in the oven, save the fire for the beef.
Both are very low maintenance, non-fussy main dishes.
Depending on how many guests you have, you might need to roast two chickens. If that's the case, get two smaller ones, leave them whole, roast them together in the same roasting pan. I prefer chicken over turkey myself.
Not sure if the "white meat" parameter means some kind of poultry. If not, I'd make this marvelous pork tenderloin: https://food52.com/recipes/20939-honey-mustard-pork-tenderloin - it's quite easy and a guaranteed crowd pleaser. (I serve it at dinner parties, to people of all ages and everyone raves.) I make a nice pan sauce using the marinade which I simmer with stock and thinly sliced onions while the pork is in the oven; then I blend it to make it sort of creamy and add the juice of a lemon and all the pan drippings.
You can also take the sauce in a red wine + mushrooms direction: it can be made ahead of time, and stirred into the pan juices. So many options.
Have fun! ;o)
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As for white meat, I love serving everyone their own full or half-game hen—makes things feel more festive than a chicken, I think! https://food52.com/recipes/19307-game-hens-with-roasted-grape-mostarda