Christmas is just a few days away, and if you’re like me, you’re gearing up to attend or host a few holiday gatherings with friends and family this upcoming weekend. There’s a lot of pressure to serve a delicious meal when hosting a crowd, and beef always brings the “wow” factor at Christmas events.
Sometimes it’s easy to get in a rut about what to put on the menu each year, so I decided to ask readers for their favorite beef recipes to spice up my holiday table for 2016.
I asked readers on Facebook to submit their favorite beef recipes that they enjoy at Christmas, and here are five tasty options to consider this year:
1. Beef tenderloin with garlic horseradish cream by Tom Perini, Perini Ranch Steakhouse
When we think of Christmas, prime rib is often the traditional fare, but consider a juicy tenderloin, cooked to medium rare and sliced to perfection.
2. Cross rib roast by Megan Brown for The Beef Jar
For a traditional prime rib recipe, California farmer and rancher Megan Brown suggests this fool-proof rib roast recipe featuring herbs, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
3. Beef Wellington featured on the Prairie Californian blog
Also from Megan Brown, Jenny Dewey Rohrich featured this tasty recipe on her blog. Delicate puff pastries filled with beef tenderloin, mushrooms, butter, breadcrumbs, horseradish and dijon mustard would make an excellent appetizer or a standalone meal for your guests.
4. Short ribs with wine and cream from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman
An often forgotten-about cut of beef, short ribs would be a surprise addition to your holiday menu. With a rich wine and cream sauce, these are melt-in-your mouth good!
5. Beef bourguignon by Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa
This rich soup features smoked bacon and beef chuck slow cooked in broth, Cognac and a dry red wine. What’s not to love? Warm up from the cold winter weather with this delectable soup!
Do you have any crowd-pleasing beef recipes to share? Comment below with your favorites.
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Penton Agriculture.