Tips For A Perfect Holiday Feast

Dec 14, 11 Tips For A Perfect Holiday Feast

What would a fancy meal be like without the marvelous suggestions of LaCosmo’s good friend, Chef Portillo? Or any meal, really. Her ideas have honed our culinary skills and helped us fake looking like pros. With Christmas and New Year’s coming up, it’s time once again to turn to her wisdom in order to create a holiday banquet that will have your guests asking for seconds, thirds and fourths:

  • When cooking any type of meat, be it prime rib, rack of lamb or lechon, you should always allow it to sit for 10 minutes prior to cutting in order to ensure maximum flavor. Same goes for seasoning, allow it to sit on your meat for 10 minutes prior to baking so it can be fully absorbed.
  • For extra creamy mashed potatoes, use heavy whipping cream and unsalted butter. However, if you have guests who suffer from lactose intolerance you can still use the unsalted butter but substitute the cream for lactose-free whole milk. Believe us, everyone will thank you for it.
  • If you are pressed for time, you can parboil your veggies 30 minutes prior to the meal being served. Cut and sauté your onions and garlic, toss, warm and season and it’s all good to go.

“Waste not, want not”, words to live by in these difficult financial times. So take advantage of buying the sale prime rib with the rib by creating two meals out of it. On New Year’s Eve you can make the prime by deboning the ribs, and the following day barbecue the ribs accompanied by some twice-baked potatoes and a salad made from your leftover mashed potatoes and veggies.

1 Comment

  1. marina rodriguez /

    What great tips these are…you make it sound so easy and make this festive meal sound delish!! Happy Holidays Chef Portillo and to your Family!!

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