24 Inspiring Ideas for Holiday Main Dishes
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Cherry-Marinated Beef with Roquefort Polenta and Corn Salsa
This recipe comes from the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, Michigan. Cherry juice concentrate lends it tartness and gives the beef a nice "char" when grilled.
Herb-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Red Currant Sauce
Choose lean pork tenderloin for an after-work dinner party. We like it with the Brussels sprouts recipe also pictured on the plate. Our Test Kitchen recommends an instant-read meat thermometer for success when roasting meats.
Fried Walleye with Mango Sweet-and-Sour Sauce
Tartar sauce gets a mango upgrade for fried walleye at Gunflint Lodge on the Gunflint Trail near Grand Marais, Minnesota. The exotic, yellow-orange mango adds beautiful color, plus lots of Vitamins A and C. Serve the state fish with the state grain: wild rice.
Mini Burger Party Platter
To keep in step with the small-meal trend in restaurants, we created this Mini Burger Party Platter with fun sauces to choose from, including Balsamic Mayo, Herbed Goat Cheese and Citrus Ketchup. You could use this for an appetizer party or a main dish.
If you're thinking about holding a wine-tasting party, the flavors of the red meat sauce and cheese-spinach layers in this colorful lasagna will complement the wines.
Midnight Star Chicken
Jake's restaurant sits atop the Midnight Star Casino in Deadwood, South Dakota. This chicken stir-fry recipe adds distinctive Asian flair to the restaurant's menu.
Top Sirloin with Caramelized Onion-and-Mushroom Trio
We took an old favorite, steak with mushroom sauce, and boosted its flavor and colors. Caramelized sweet onions add to a medley of mushrooms: meaty shiitake, robust oyster mushrooms and the more familiar button mushrooms. Sundried tomatoes and a splash of balsamic vinegar round it out.
Holiday Turkey with Cranberry-Pear Chutney
Roasted Pork with Jamaican Snapdragons
No flowers appear in this Caribbean-inspired dish from the Deadwood Social Club in Deadwood, South Dakota. The name simply sounded fun. Rum, raisins and sweet pork tenderloin provide the centerpiece of a delicious holiday meal.
Little Traveler's Chopped Salad
Antlers Wild Rice Soup
Grand View Lodge Spinach-Stuffed Chicken
You have to try this spiral of chicken stuffed with oozing cheese, courtesy of Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minnesota. For another Minnesota chicken dish, try Roast Breast of Chicken with Mushroom and Wild Rice Stuffing, a favorite at the Gunflint Lodge near Grand Marais, Minnesota.
Spa Shiki Stir-Fry
At Camp Ticonderoga in Troy, Michigan, the cathedral ceiling, cobblestone fireplaces and wood floors remind visitors of an early 1900s Adirondack lodge. This menu at this restaurant offers game dishes alongside more standard items. Ticonderoga made this holiday dish with buffalo flank steak; we substituted the more common beef flank steak.
Chicken-Artichoke Brie Soup
Bits of spinach and artichoke color this creamy chicken soup. It warms up guests at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minnesota. Serve it as a first course or alongside a sandwich for lunch.
Yuletide Mango Chicken Salad
This main-dish, orange-draped salad makes a spectacular showing on a buffet table. Try adding it to a holiday luncheon menu or an evening buffet.
Honey-Baked Cornish Hens
This company-special main dish came from the holiday menu at the Latchstring Restaurant at Spearfish Canyon Lodge in South Dakota. The restaurant, open for more than a century, is between the towns of Spearfish and Deadwood. It's known for game and fish dishes.
Porcini-Herb Crusted Lamb with White Bean Ragout
Creamy and Comforting Potato Corn Chowder
Serve this hearty soup in a sourdough bread bowl for a delicious presentation. The original recipe, given to us by an Iowa hotel chef, called for roasting the corn in the husk before adding it to the soup, but we used frozen corn instead as a time-saver.
Pork with Cherry and Wild Rice Stuffing
This stuffing, which includes sausage, dried Michigan fruit and wild rice, forms a spiral when rolled up into a top loin roast. The recipe came from New York Restaurant in Harbor Springs, Michigan.