Try this delicious menu for drop-in guests (and get most of the work done ahead of time)
Sometimes it's nice to take a looser approach to entertaining during the holidays and let friends and family swing by all day, instead of throwing a sit-down dinner party.
Cookbook author Peggy Knickerbocker suggests succulent, aromatic spice- and seed-encrusted pork tenderloins, accompanied by an hors d'oeuvre of tender little bay shrimp on endive leaves, flavorful roasted vegetables, and an escarole salad that stays crunchy for hours.
On a side table, she sets out a couple of surprising desserts: sliced oranges sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and fizzed up with sparkling wine, and a moist, almost black gingerbread made with Guinness stout.
Click ahead to get her recipes.
Photography by James Carrier
This no-hassle menu features recipes that can be made ahead of time and taste fine served at room temperature, leaving you time to enjoy your guests.
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The fragrant spice rub used to make this dish is good on chicken and spareribs as well.
Make extra and store in an airtight container for up to a few weeks--it's like money in the bank.
Prep and Cook Time: about 40 minutes, plus at least 1 hour marinating time.
Recipe: Spice-rubbed Pork Tenderloins
Photography by Dan Goldberg
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