Karen DeMasco's rich chocolate custard tart.
(Photo: William Meppem)
We’ve often wondered, What does [insert favorite chef’s name here] serve family and friends at the holidays? Like us, the pros want to enjoy themselves—and at home they don’t have armies of sous-chefs to help out. So what they cook up tends to be flavorful yet unfussy (e.g., the world’s best roast beef). And, of course, they’re full of surprises (Christmas pasta, anyone?). One thing’s certain: No one will go home hungry.
11 holiday recipes from the city's top toques:
CHESTNUT-SOUP VIENNESE MÉLANGE WITH BLACK TRUFFLES
STANDING RIB ROAST WITH ROASTED YUKON GOLD POTATOES AND ONIONS
GRAVLAX WITH MUSTARD SAUCE
LINGUINE WITH BLACK TRUFFLES AND ESCAROLE SALAD
GOAN ROAST PORK WITH BASMATI PILAF
CHICKEN TAGINE WITH PLUMS AND SPICES WITH COUSCOUS
CHOCOLATE CUSTARD TART
RUSTIC APPLE-AND-PEAR-STREUSEL TART
Photographed by William Meppem.