Holiday Menus

Zinfandel-Braised Lamb Chops with Dried Fruit
Photo: © Lucy Schaeffer

From an Italian-influenced Christmas dinner to an elegant New Year's Eve dinner, here are fantastic holiday menus.Related: Guide to Christmas recipes

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Scott Conant's Global Christmas Dinner

Slow-Roasted Pork Loin with Molasses and Balsamic Glaze. Photo © Petrina Tinslay
© Petrina Tinslay

When Manhattan chef Scott Conant makes Christmas dinner, the menu honors his mother's Italian background—but also his father's New England heritage and his wife's Turkish roots. Oh, and there's a Dominican-inspired cake, too.

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A Sweet Holiday Potluck

Chocolate-Malt Stump de Noël

A fantastic holiday potluck dinner that ends with a witty take on bûche de Noël cake called Stump de Noël.

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Christmas With a Spanish Accent

Lobster with Fideos

Fast-moving, fast-talking chef José Andrés combines Spanish and American flavors for a Christmas feast featuring a stellar sausage-stuffed rack of pork.

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Big, Easy Christmas

Oyster Tartlets
© Quentin Bacon

Even with children, restaurants and a singular commitment to revitalizing his home city of New Orleans, star chef John Besh finds time to create a fantastic Christmas dinner of semitraditional Southern dishes for family and friends.

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Michael Mina's Christmas Dinner


Star San Francisco chef Michael Mina's luxe Christmas menu includes truffle-infused French onion soup and juicy prime rib.

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An Italian Christmas

Citrus-Marinated Pork Rib Roast
© John Kernick

New York chef Fabio Trabocchi grew up humbly in Italy, yet he and his family always ate extremely well at Christmas. Today he makes many of the same marvelous holiday dishes, including a succulent pork rib roast and a creamy lasagna.

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Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo's New Year's Eve Dinner

Scallops with Potato Pancakes and Caviar Sauce
© John Kernick

This New Year's Eve party menu includes fun and delicious dishes, like thinly sliced skirt steak with smoky paprika butter and seared scallops atop potato pancakes.

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Jean-Georges and Marja Vongerichten's Global Holiday Menu


Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his wife, Marja, host a holiday dinner with his-and-hers courses and one magnificent pork shoulder.

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Gabriel Kreuther's Holiday Dinner

Mini Tartes Flambées

F&W Best New Chef Gabriel Kreuther prepares several amazing dishes for a holiday party, including a twist on tarte flambée, a traditional Alsatian tart, and a frozen nougat studded with dried cranberries, apricots, and candied orange rind.

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Intimate Christmas Dinner

Zinfandel-Braised Lamb Chops with Dried Fruit
© Lucy Schaeffer

These dishes—for smaller holiday dinners of four guests or fewer—deliver big flavor, such as lamb-shoulder chops braised in a mixture of jammy Zinfandel, herbs and dried fruit.

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