Small-plate holiday party menu

This year, forget the sit-down dinner and opt for small plate recipes that you can make ahead and allow you and your guests to mingle

Small-Plate Christmas: Chesnut and celery root soup

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Chesnut and celery root soup

This soup has a hint of earthiness from the celery root.

 

Small-Plate Christmas: Frisée with blood oranges and fennel

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Frisée with blood oranges and fennel

The nice thing about frisée is that it can sit for a long time without wilting. If you can’t find blood oranges, use regular oranges.

 

Small-Plate Christmas: Poached brisket of beef with salsa verde

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Poached brisket of beef with salsa verde

Most butchers divide a whole brisket into the flat half or first cut, which is lean and squarish, and the point cut, which is fattier and triangular—and more flavorful and tender. (Save the leftover broth for soup or risotto.)

 

Small-Plate Christmas: Polenta torta

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Polenta torta

Fontina is fine here, but if you can splurge on truffled cheese, you won’t regret it.

 

Small-Plate Christmas: Ahi tuna confit

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Ahi tuna confit

You’ll end up with extra confit, but it keeps for at least 10 days, and is great on salads and sandwiches.

 

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