1. Winter Green Salad with Green Apple Vinaigrette
    Salad at a holiday party? BOOOORING. Now, that’s where you are wrong. Several dishes you make will likely be heavy or rich, so serving a fresh, light, crunchy salad is the perfect balance to your meal. This recipe mixes winter greens (think escarole, endive and celery) with thinly sliced apples to give it a seasonal twist. Top it off with vinaigrette and some Parmesan cheese and you’ll be praying there’s enough for seconds.
  1. Salt-and-Pepper-Crusted Prime Rib with Sage Jus
    A holiday meal doesn’t seem complete without a really good roast, agreed? This recipe is simple, but sometimes simple is the best way to go. While the total prep time of this dish is a whopping four hours, the beauty is you don’t have to focus on it too much so you can instead focus on the 8 million other things you need to do around the kitchen. Season the roast with salt, pepper; surround it with herbs and garlic and then roast. The hardest part is actually the gravy, but it’s worth every second of stirring.