Holiday Menu Ideas

November 21, 2011

Holiday dinner traditions get an inspiration from jalapeño, shiitake, pomegranates and more.


We all know that it’s the little things that make a difference, so we’ve added small touches that deliver big pay offs to some familiar holiday dishes.

Sprightly and healthy pomegranate juice does double duty as a glaze for the turkey and a flavor booster for the sauce, while shiitake mushrooms and apricots liven up the dressing. Round out these dishes with some make-ahead sides and seasonal pies, and you’ve got a doable feast.

—By Marge Perry, a food writer in Tenafly, N.J.


Pomegranate Glazed Turkey

Pomegranate-Glazed Turkey

Pomegranate and cardamon make a different glaze for turkey.

Cranberry Jalapeno Relish

Cranberry Jalapeno Relish

A zippy, Southwestern-style complement to Thanksgiving turkey and dressing.

Pomegranate Port Wine Sauce

Pomegranate sauce for Thanksgiving turkey adds bright flavor.

Shiitake Apricot Stuffing

Shiitake-Apricot Stuffing

Serve something different with the holiday bird this year.


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