Stefano's Tips for Hosting a Holiday Feast

Stefano's Tips for Hosting a Holiday Feast

If there's two pieces of advice I can give you for hosting a holiday feast, it's to keep it simple and take your guests up on their offer to bring something. That's how we do it in my family (you can read more about that here) and I find most people have traditional holiday dishes that they enjoy making. It's good to share.

Once I have a list of what everyone is bringing, I fill in the menu with what's missing. Usually that's the turkey or roast. I always go big for those to make sure there are leftovers for sandwiches the next day.

And my girls aren't picky eaters, but they sure do have their favourites. For them, I serve a course of homemade pasta, because I know they'll love it and everyone else will too. Believe it or not, my oldest daughter likes this Linguine with Clams. It's so easy I make it fresh while my guests are sipping drinks.

With an easy roast, a crowd-pleasing pasta, and one of my killer desserts, I've got all the makings of a very special holiday feast. For more recipe ideas, check out my favourites below.

Buon appetito everyone!


Easy Pastas

Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce & Pancetta
Stefano's Pasta Puttanesca
Mac & Cheese with Broccoli
Easy Ricotta and Pesto Stuffed Shells
Penne alla Vodka
Spaghettini with Anchovies & Bread Crumbs
Pasta with Basil Pesto


Rack of Lamb with Pomegranate Sauce
Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mediterranean Stuffing
Roast Turkey with Thyme and Rosemary
Easy Turkey Gravy
Brined Turkey Breast with Sage
Whole Trout en Papillote


Sticky Apple Pudding
Deep-Dish Apple Pie
Stefano's Pumpkin Pie
Rum Raisin Baked Apples
Apple Pecan Crisp
Stefano's Maple Sugar Tarts