There are so many recipes you could cook this month. It is the season for longer days, earlier evenings, and toasting to the new year ahead. All reasons to bring out the best of the best. Maybe you’ll be busy feeding guests in the weeks ahead, changing up menus to feature the classics, or perhaps you’ll shake it up and offer something with a touch of unexpected. We’d applaud either direction, of course. So here’s a bit of culinary inspiration, just in case you find yourself in need.
A cup of Minestrone would be an interesting start, right? Warm everyone up, get everyone talking about the last time they had this fan favorite. What if you served family-style? Too messy? A Pearled Barley Soup would be just as lovely with seasonal vegetables. Pair with freshly baked bread and herbed butter and watch the comfort spread. If you have vegetarians in the house, turn to trusted wild mushroom soup and recommend to everyone. They won’t miss the meat.
Pan-Seared Beef Filets feel right for a celebration, especially when displayed atop a decadent Brandy Peppercorn Sauce. A Roasted Beef and Compound Butter would be just as nice, too (and sure to bring compliments straight to the kitchen). If a beef dish is definitely on the menu, but something contemporary is on your mind, we’d suggest this Harissa Beef Pot Pie. Pairing with the right bottle of wine will take this lunch-worthy splurge straight through to dinner.
What about Pork? Lamb? Ham? So many options! A Molasses Maple Glazed Pork Belly is as indulgent as it sounds. We’d start there. On second thought, we’d be remiss to leave off our Slow Braised Pork Shoulder. It’s a showstopper. Or this Country-Style Ham, Peas, and Carrots Casserole will delight even the pickiest of guests. Herb-Crusted Lamb with Mint Sauce offers a perfect balance of flavor with the vibrancy of fresh herbs. You could also try this jalapeno mojito mint chimichurri as an alternative. Just be sure to serve extra for dipping, saucing, and spreading. It’s addictive.
A vegetable pilaf or couscous salad plays a supporting role alongside any of these picks, or better yet, find so many more options waiting in our recipe database. Be sure to post your menu on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and tag Custom Culinary. We’re there every day and would be so very delighted to share your creation. Happy cooking, friends!
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