Don’t let a dull menu derail your holiday party

This time of year means friends, family, food and fun all under one roof. Michael Lomonaco, executive chef of Porter House New York, shares two simple holiday party recipes that’ll keep your guests from running for their coats.

Chicken pot pie with mushrooms, tarragon, and a flaky pastry top
Servings:

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • To cook the chicken and make the broth

    • 1 large roaster chicken, 5 – 6 pounds
    • Bouquet garni seasoning packet: several generous sprigs of fresh or dry rosemary, thyme, oregano, several black peppercorns, 2 bay leaves, 2 or 3 cloves; all enclosed and tied together in culinary grade cheesecloth
    • 1 large onion, peeled, diced
    • 2 large carrots, peeled, diced
    • 1 stalk celery, diced
    • 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed, kept cold
  • For the sauce

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 3 large shallots, finely minced
    • 2 cups assorted mushrooms, shitake, oyster, cremini, sliced and broken up by hand
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 3 cups freshly made chicken broth
    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 1 bunch fresh tarragon, leaves chopped
    • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Red wine braised short ribs of beef
Servings:

Serves 6 – 8

Ingredients

    • 6-8 pounds beef short ribs, on the bone, cut into 4 portions for a main course, or 6-8 pieces when served as part of a tasting menu
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
    • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
    • 1 celery stalk, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
    • 1/4 cup tomato paste
    • 2 cups red wine
    • 3 cups low-sodium, store-bought beef broth
    • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • Bouquet garni seasoning packet: several generous sprigs of fresh or dry rosemary, thyme, oregano, several black peppercorns, 2 -3 bay leaves, 2 or 3 cloves; all enclosed and tied together in culinary grade cheesecloth

Preparation

Baking Directions:

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