A Holiday Meal, Three Ways: Clean, Kid-Friendly, and Dinner for Two
One menu never fits all—especially when you’re cooking for the holidays. You might be baking for thirty or sautéing for four, be turkey-d out by Thanksgiving, or think it’s not Christmas without that beautiful roasted bird at the head of the table. With so many directions to go in, we’re sharing nine recipes for three totally different types of menus: A manageable yet festive meal for a smaller crowd (or simply you and your SO); a family-friendly, scalable feast; and three clean side dishes everyone will love. They’re all easy to mix-and-match—with one another or with many of our all-time favorite holiday recipes from goop’s past.
Turkey & Fixings for a (Very) Small Crowd
If you’re cooking for a smaller crowd (or even just for two) and don’t want to eat leftover turkey for weeks on end, this pared-down menu was designed by goop food editor, Thea Baumann, especially for you.
Brown butter makes everything better, and this roasted squash dish is no exception.
Crowd-Pleasers for a Big Family
Since goop pal Virginie Degryse is something of an entertaining genius (her cookbook, Crave and Cook: Home Cooking During the Holidays, came out last month), we asked her to share a go-to healthy, family-friendly menu that’s easy to scale for a crowd.
gp's Clean Holiday Side Dishes
Almost everyone we know has an allergy or dietary restriction of some sort—and that can make cooking any meal (much less a classic holiday spread) more of a challenge. These festive sides are gluten-, nut-, dairy-, and soy-free; they’re also so delicious that they’ll be the first to go at any potluck.
Roasting carrots and shallots at a super high temperature makes them sticky, sweet, and caramelized—in other words, delicious. Topping them with a pesto of cilantro, pumpkin seeds, and carrot tops (why waste all those beautiful greens?) makes them even better.
While this isn’t the first recipe to pair bitter radicchio with sweet pears and balsamic vinegar, this one is a bit different in that it doesn’t rely on cheese to balance the flavors. We find that a good char on everything helps mellow the radicchio and bring out the sweetness in the pears. Add a little thyme and a drizzle of good, aged balsamic vinegar and you’ve got a beautiful and light addition to your holiday table.