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Holiday Dinner 101, by Tastemaker Justin Chapple

Whether you opt for weeknight dinners with family or throw epic parties for all your friends, the holidays are the best reason and perfect season to celebrate with every single meal. But that doesn’t mean it has to be tons of work. Want to build an extravagant but easy seafood tower? You got it. Need a next-level side dish that’s also a vegetarian main? I got you. Craving holiday cookies with a twist? No problem. This collection offers a little of everything to get your holiday dinner done.

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    Every Recipe You Need For the Holiday Season

    From an elaborate seafood tower to a perfect turkey and a braised chicken for the in-between times, you're covered. Plus, Santa will really enjoy cocktail-inspired cookies on Christmas Eve!

    How to Build a Seafood Tower

    How to Build a Seafood Tower

    This spread of chilled seafood with condiments will make any occasion special—without tons of work. Whether you opt for the multi-tiered classic preparation for New Year’s Eve or decide to use an accessible everyday sheet pan for a weekday date night, an extravagant spread of chilled seafood with …

    How to Make a Charcuterie and Cheese Board

    How to Make a Charcuterie and Cheese Board

    Learn the cheeses and meats that pair well together, and how to round things out with the right crackers, jam, and nuts. Cheese boards and charcuterie platters have gone from being specialty offerings to expected at many parties, whether it's a small group for dinner or a big holiday bash. While you …

    Swiss Chard Gratin with Crispy Gnocchi Shines as a Side or a Meatless Main Dish | Mad Genius
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    Swiss Chard Gratin with Crispy Gnocchi Shines as a Side or a Meatless Main Dish | Mad Genius

    Justin Chapple combines the familiar flavors of creamed spinach and potato gratin to make a recipe featuring buttery toasted gnocchi and mounds of luxurious ...

    Meet Your New Favorite Braised Chicken Recipe

    Meet Your New Favorite Braised Chicken Recipe

    Justin Chapple makes Citrus-and-Fennel Chicken with Olives and Calabrian Chiles on this week’s episode of Mad Genius. We love braises in all of their forms, from braised beef with tender homemade noodles to the aromatic dish of braised sausage and fennel. They're satisfying, comforting, and full of …

    How to Make the Juiciest Thanksgiving Turkey

    How to Make the Juiciest Thanksgiving Turkey

    Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple soaks cheesecloth in citrus butter and drapes it over turkey while roasting, yielding super juicy, delicious meat and skin. When it comes to Thanksgiving turkey, nothing beats ultra-crispy skin and juicy meat. On this episode of Mad Genius, former F&W culinary director at …

    26 Side Dishes For the Best Holiday Dinner

    26 Side Dishes For the Best Holiday Dinner

    Main courses like ham or roast beef may be the star of your holiday menu, but you need some tasty side dishes to accompany them, too. Think Potatoes au Gratin, Raclette-Gruyère Mac and Cheese with Pickled Shallots, and Thousand-Layer Duck Fat Potatoes. With more than 20 to choose from, you'll have …

    More Inspiration From Justin Chapple

    Justin Chapple is a chef, food writer, video host, cookbook author, culinary director-at-large at Food & Wine and host of their video series, "Mad Genius Tips." He's appeared on many TV shows and also teaches live classes on Food Network Kitchen.

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