Essential Guide to Holiday Meats

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Essential Guide to Holiday Meats
Photo by Gus Philippas

Roast beasts are the celebrities of the holiday tables, stunning showpieces that the rest of the meal is built around. And since most of us don’t make prime rib and turkeys every day of the year, we can all use some help in making sure they turn out to be a success. Meat expert Josh Ozersky breaks down the basics.

Herb-Crusted Prime Rib
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Herb-Crusted Prime Rib

An herb rub forms a delicious crust on this elegant cut of meat, a favorite of the holiday season. Josh shows how to apply the rub and gives tips for how to roast, and how to know when it’s done.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Herb-Crusted Prime Rib in HD

Sausage-Stuffed Crown Roast
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Sausage-Stuffed Crown Roast

As if a crown roast isn’t aristocratic enough, Josh stuffs the middle with sausage for extra porky decadence.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Sausage Stuffed Pork Crown Roast in HD

The Ultimate Standing Rib Roast
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The Ultimate Standing Rib Roast

Splurged on a standing rib roast and don’t know what to do with it? Josh is here to help. He shows his tried-and-true method of roasting and resting it to get the best flavor.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch The Ultimate Standing Rib Roast in HD

Roasting a Turkey
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Roasting a Turkey

The turkey is the terror of holiday cooks -- making sure the breast stays moist, the bird’s cooked through and the skin doesn’t burn is a juggling act worthy of a three-ring circus. Josh has tips on stuffing, roasting and knowing when the big bird is ready to come out of the oven.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch How to Roast a Turkey in HD

Carving and Plating a Turkey
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Carving and Plating a Turkey

Carving abilities are highly prized during a holiday feast, but most of us only get one shot a year at sharpening our skills. Josh shows you his shortcut for carving turkey, and gives pointers on the best plating presentation even if your slices come out less-than-perfect.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch How to Carve and Plate a Turkey in HD

Wine-Braised Short Ribs
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Wine-Braised Short Ribs

If you don’t feel like going big this year but still want to serve something special, try braised short ribs -- they’re rich, meaty and best of all, require only a bit of hands-on work at the beginning before they’re slow-cooked in the oven for hours.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Wine-Braised Short Ribs in HD

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