Chuck Hughes' Christmas Recipes

Since you can't take the day off for Christmas, let restauranteur Chuck Hughes guide you through this fun and festive holiday menu.

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Apple Butter Glazed Ham

This sweet apple butter and honey-glazed ham is so sticky and delicious that you'll want it for dessert too. Instead, save some of the apple butter and serve it with vanilla ice cream to your younger Christmas guests.

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Cranberry, Orange and Prosecco

Chuck's refreshing Cranberry, Orange and Prosecco cocktail pairs perfectly with his holiday feast. Prosecco adds fizz and just a hint of sweetness to this boozy beverage.

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Chuck forsakes the usual ho-hum smoked salmon for fresh cured gravlax. Chuck makes his with salt, brown sugar, dill and Szechwan peppercorns for an exotic twist.

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Scalloped Potatoes

These easy-to-prepare potatoes are filled with creamy goat cheese, heavy cream and a fair amount of butter. It's certainly a filling side dish for this Christmas menu.

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Rib Roast with Mushroom Crust

Need to feed a (large) family on Christmas? Chuck's rib roast will have everyone so excited, they'll forget there's even a Christmas tree.

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Oven Roasted Potato 'Fries'

Make these fries from scratch by chopping up thick russet potato slices and baking them until golden and crisp. They're a great side dish addition or serve them with dipping sauces as a snack.

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Endive and Grape Salad with Pear Vinaigrette

With all these creamy and hearty dishes, this salad gives a lighter crunch to your Christmas table. Top endive leaves with a fresh pear vinaigrette and crumbly cheese.

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Oven-Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

You won't be able to say no to this three-ingredient side dish. Just mix artichoke halves with olive oil, salt and pepper and the oven will do the rest of the work.

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Sucre a la Creme

Chuck describes the classic French-Canadian Sucre à la Crème as "rich, creamy, sweet — and probably your dentist's worst nightmare!" Maple and brown sugar fudge with Maldon sea salt and toasted pecans? Trust us: The cavities will be totally worth it.

Get the Recipe: Sucre a la Creme with Maldon Salt and Pecans

Classic Carrot Cake

Chuck learned how to make his mom's traditional carrot cake from "The Dessert Queen" herself. A pinch of salt and a touch of orange zest in the cream cheese frosting take this classic layer cake over the top. Walnuts candied with maple syrup are a totally addictive and chomp-able garnish.

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Chocolate Stout Cakes

While the kids eat their vanilla ice cream, serve your adult guests a dessert that draws its flavor from stout beer. Serve warm with your after-dinner coffee and tea.

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