Elegant Dinner Party Buffet

From appetizer to dessert, these greatest hits will help you create a holiday spread to remember.


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Pear and Goat Cheese Bread Tart
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Pear and Goat Cheese Bread Tart

    With its chewy bread base and fruit-cheese topper, this luscious tart is ideal to serve between the main course and dessert in place of the traditional cheese course.

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Beef Tenderloin with Three Spreads

    Your guests can dress this roast with the topping of their choice. We show you how to make a sumptuous roast with three different spreads -- a black pepper-olive relish, blue cheese-parsley crumble, and horseradish mayo.

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Winter Vegetable Tarts

    These savory tarts are classy yet simple to make. By skipping the bacon, you can serve them as a main-course alternative to the beef tenderloin for vegetarian guests.

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Onion Pudding

    Serve this onion pudding, baked with cheddar and garlic, in individual ramekins. Sage leaves make a beautiful garnish.

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Braised Broccoli

    This pretty take on baby broccoli is finished in less than 30 minutes. Toasted almonds add crunch, while orange juice adds a light citrus flavor.

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Must-Have Mashed Potatoes

    Sour cream and chives are classic add-in suggestions for stunningly good mashed potatoes.

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Beet and Red Onion Compote

    This easy side dish gets its bold flavor from cider vinegar; deep purple beets look festive and are healthful, too.

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Pear-Blue Cheese Salad

    The peppery flavor of curly endive makes a serendipitous match with sweet fresh pear slices and tangy blue cheese. Pecans cooked with salt, butter, and sugar add delicious crunch.

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Molded Grapefruit Salad

    The tart, fresh taste of the grapefruit in this easy salad is a refreshing contrast to rich holiday foods.

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Bittersweet Truffle Tart

    A hint of strawberry flavor adds an unexpected twist to this chocolaty dessert. The cocoa-flavored crust is topped with a layer of chocolate and almond-laced mascarpone.

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