Four Hearty Dishes to Spice Up Holiday Cuisine


Liam Rice, Staff Writer

The holidays are a time to meet with family, rest, and most importantly eat. Since many families follow the stereotypical main courses such as turkey and ham, here are some interesting and creative ways to spice up those main meals this season.

The Turducken: The turducken is a complex dish that consists of a chicken stuffed inside of a duck,which is then stuffed inside of a turkey and smothered in gumbo. Although this dish seems very meaty, the gumbo adds a pleasant spiced taste to it creating a hearty yet tasty meal. You can find a turducken in some stores, which is probably the easiest way to obtain the poultry feast.

Rosemary Baked Chicken with Potatoes: Rosemary chicken and potatoes is a quick and easy meal that only takes about 15 minutes to prepare and 50 minutes to cook. The menagerie of spices used infuse the chicken thighs creates a great flavor. 

Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin: This meal is slightly harder to prepare, but has a great payoff. This dish consists of beef tenderloin with a plethora of different peppercorns and a horseradish cream sauce. Cooking and preparing the meat will take around 55 minutes and the sauce will take around 10 minutes. 

Buffalo Chicken Cornish Hen: The buffalo chicken cornish hen is a dish that uses the technique of stripcocking, in which you use fowl sheers in order to cut into the backbone of the chicken and remove it. This allows the chicken to cook in under an hour and evenly roasts it. When cooking the chicken, add cauliflower around it and add the seasonings and sauces mentioned on the link. The True American taste of barbecue sauce makes this a great meal for New Years. 

The unique flavors presented in all these meals will lead you astray from the usual poultry, truly spice up your meal, and lead you on a new flavor journey.