Few things say holiday like a big roast beast. The secret to any Christmas roast is to be sure you have a working meat thermometer so you can pull it out at exactly the right time. (Cooking the holiday roast is no time for guessing when it’s done!).
1. Roast Pork
For a crown roast of pork, which serves at least 12 people, a pork loin roast gets tied into a circle so the bones look like a crown. It’s regal and expensive and worth making once a year (or, at least, once in your life). You can rub it with a spicy harissa to create an incredible crust or treat it more simply, with salt and pepper. For a smaller crowd, make a standing rib roast, which is the same cut but with fewer ribs.
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2. Cured Ham
For some families, Christmas is not complete without a ham. The best part about this roast is that it easily feeds people for days and can be worked into all kinds of dishes, like salads, sandwiches and breakfasts. Since ham is already cured, all you really need is to bake it until it’s heated through (this takes a while) and make a flavorful glaze. A spiced bourbon glaze is incredibly festive.