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8 Easy Holiday Recipes

Whether you want to prepare an easy appetizer, side dish or a stunning main attraction, our Estate Chef has you covered. These go-to simple recipes are perfect for the holidays, even if that means just elevating the meal for members of your household to mark the occasion.  From wine-friendly starters to non-traditional mains of whole roasted duck, here are some of our favorite easy holiday recipes to try this year.

Easy Appetizers

Caesar Deviled Eggs

Here standard deviled eggs get a lift from layers of Caesar salad flavors making them a delicious treat that also pairs well with sauvignon blanc. You can prepare the filling ahead of time and assemble and garnish them just before go-time.

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Sizzling Sashimi with Ponzu Sauce and Tsar Nicoulai Caviar

An absolute show-stopper. Japanese-inspired Ponzu sauce is a wonderful mix of salt, tart, and savory flavors; just a drizzle goes a long way. Topped with hot, flavorful oil and a pop of texture from caviar, this dish is highly delicious, and Instagram-worthy!

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Caramelized Humboldt Fog

Want an easy and festive starter? Caramelize Goat Cheese! This soft-ripened goat cheese from Humboldt County, California, is a local favorite. With a little sugar and a blowtorch, you’ll elevate the cheese to a festive addition for your holiday table.

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Side Dishes

Spiced Butternut Squash Purée

Did you know that it’s easy to make your own butternut squash purée at home? This purée is simple and delicious – a blend of butter and cozy autumn spices. Perfect on its own or a great accompaniment for many of the season’s recipes.

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Holiday Stuffing Muffin Cups

Why reserve stuffing exclusively for Thanksgiving? This is a very flavorful and fresh-tasting side dish that can accompany a host of dishes this holiday season. Baking it in a muffin tin is a great hack to get a perfect serving size each time and a nice way to stay safe this year.

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The Main Dish

Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs

Slow-cooked short ribs braised in a rich red wine sauce are the ultimate comfort food this time of year. This luxurious dinner packs tons of flavor, made deeper and richer thanks to high quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. After simmering for hours, these short ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and delicious.

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Roasted Duck with Plum Balsamic Glaze

This is the perfect holiday main dish or special occasion dinner. Use Chef Tod’s tip for the sweet spiced glaze, made with plum preserves and Asian seasonings – brush it on with a bundle of fresh rosemary for maximum flavor.

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Roasted Salmon with Beurre Rouge Sauce

This whole roasted salmon makes a meal time centerpiece with definite wow-factor.  This recipe shares how to make the most of this versatile fish. While the Beurre Rouge sauce seems fancy, it is easy to make and provides the perfect bridge to accompany the red wine.

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These are some of our Estate Chef’s beautiful creations made to pair perfectly with St. Supéry wines.

If you’d like to see Chef Tod demonstrate how to make them, check out our YouTube Channel. Explore more Recipes from the Estate. Best wishes for a tasty and healthy holiday season. 

December 11, 2020

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