These elegant and unusual tamales are celebration-worthy! The masa dough may be made up to three days in advance, and the sauce may be made earlier in the day and gently re-warmed. It can be fun to have guests help fill, fold and tie the tamales—or you can get them ready several hours ahead and steam them just before serving.
The idea of making flaky biscuits may sound daunting but it really just requires you to fold the biscuit dough a few times to make the flaky layers of dough and butter. Don’t be scared, because the payoff in the end is a light and fluffy biscuit that flakes apart when you bite into. Totally worth the minimal effort involved.
This savory version of classic beignets is perfect for holiday parties; crab and bacon make them a fan favorite. Harissa is a spicy red pepper sauce that can be found at upscale grocery stores and online. The harissa aioli sounds impressively difficult to make but is actually quite easy. The trick is to go slow in the beginning as you add the oil.
New Year’s Eve deserves a celebratory dessert and what better dessert than one that uses sparkling wine in the cake? Don’t forget to brush the cake with the extra dose of Champagne before frosting. It gives the cake a little bit extra sparkle.
Rabbit is a great, impressive type of meat to serve for dinner and it’s very easy to make. Ask your butcher to cut the rabbit into pieces before making the stew. This hearty stew uses red wine and chicken stock along with the root vegetables to make for a comfort food that is sophisticated enough to serve at a dinner party.
With all the heavy winter dishes this season, sometimes you need a little bit of a break. This spinach salad is the perfect solution. The maple glazed walnuts and the warm bacon vinaigrette make this a special salad, perfect for company or just an evening in from the bitter cold outside.
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