5 Holiday Recipes That Look Fancy, But Are Actually Super Easy December 18, 2018

by Eat

Elegant but easy — that’s the dynamic duo we’re going for with these fancy-pants holiday recipes that — SURPRISE! — are actually totally doable. But no one needs to know that… 

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With all the hype around the holidays, it’s impossible not to feel the pressure. You know, that voice in your head telling you that any old recipe just won’t cut it. It has to be special, over the top, something that does justice to the maxim that this is undoubtedly the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.

The only problem? All that pressure sucks the fun out of cooking.

So this season, wow the crowd with quick and easy recipes that are actually quick and easy enough for you to spend time with your guests. Crazy, right?

1. Scallops Over Butternut Squash Risotto with Lemon-Sage Brown Butter

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This lush, decadent powerhouse of a recipe starts with scallops, pan-seared until they’re gloriously golden and tender. They’re then perched on top of a butternut squash risotto, which has some seriously luxuriant overtones. A drizzle of sage brown butter sauce ties everything together in nutty, rich splendor — one bite, and you’ll be hooked. Luckily, it’s on the menu the week of Dec 22 – 28.

2. Sirloin and Tangy Steak Sauce with Crispy Green Beans and Rosemary Potatoes

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On le menu for tonight? Seared sirloin drizzled with a savory pan glaze. Roasted rosemary-scented potatoes. Buttery green beans topped with garlicky toasted bread crumbs. And wine, if you’re feeling so inclined. Reservations IN have never tasted so good. Cozy up with this restaurant-quality recipe the week of Dec 22 – 28.

3. Cherry Ancho Duck Breasts with Pistachio Rice and Roasted Carrots

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Rich, juicy duck pairs beautifully with a sweet, fruit-based sauce — it’s a combo that’s about as classic as can be. But in typical HelloFresh fashion, our chefs put their own spin on it by adding a bit of ancho chili powder. The result? A smoky, sultry mystique that only continues with the sides: pistachio-studded rice and tender roasted carrots. Ring in the New Year with it the week of Dec 29 – Jan 4.

4. Rosemary Mustard Sirloin Steaks with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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A master sauce of French cuisine, traditional demi-glace is an intensely rich, glossy reduction that our chefs used in the pan sauce for this show-stopping dish. With a savory depth of flavor, it’ll make everyone you feed believe you slaved at the stove for hours. Trick ’em the week of Dec 29 – Jan 4, when it makes an appearance on the menu.

5. Lobster Ravioli and Shrimp with Tomatoes and Tarragon Cream Sauce

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As far as we’re concerned, lobster anything is cause for celebration. So break out your best plates and light some candles, because these ravioli are jam-packed with it. Continuing the crustacean theme, we’re also folding in succulent shrimp. And because every pasta deserves a good sauce, we’re tossing the whole dish with herbs, sour cream, and bites of juicy, pop-in-your-mouth tomato.

Before you get cookin’ these holiday recipes, make sure you’ve got a solid grasp of the basics — like which salt to use when and what the difference is between extra virgin olive oil and olive oil.

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