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11 Dishes You Need to Eat This December

Elena North-Kelly

November 28, 2016


Want to know what’s cooking in American restaurants right now? Look no further than the James Beard House kitchen, where dozens of chefs from all over the country come to cook each month. From burrata cannoli with caviar to Brussels sprouts cacio e pepe with crispy chicken skin to lamb with anchovy–miso cream, here are 11 mouthwatering dishes you'll want to chow down on during the month of December: 

  • Smoked Beef Short Ribs with Tennessee Whiskey Glaze, Maple–Sweet Potato Purée, and Kabocha Squash on December 1
  • Lamb with Anchovy–Miso Cream, Sunchoke Confit, Plums, Radishes, and Smoked Butter on December 2
  • Tres Leches Cake with Guava Sorbet, Ricotta Foam, and Guava Jam on December 5
  • Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna with Pimentón, Zarangollo Sauce, Chickweed, and Uni Hollandaise on December 6
  • Dandelion Green Salad with Roasted Squash, Toasted Pecans, and Red Wine Vinegar on December 7
  • Buttermilk-Whipped Lardo with Radishes and Radish Greens on December 8
  • Burrata Cannoli with Caviar on December 13
  • Blackberry Farm Cheese Agnolotti with Brussels Sprouts, Chestnuts, and Black Trumpet Mushrooms on December 14
  • Brussels Sprouts Cacio e Pepe with Burnt Ends, Chicken Skins, and Calabrian Honey on December 15
  • King Crab with Black Rice, Brown Butter Aïoli, and Chile Oil on December 16
  • Charred Lamb Tartare with Lemon–Yogurt Coulis, Toasted Cumin, and Nasturtiums (pictured above) on December 19

To view all upcoming Beard House dinners and book your seat, check out our events calendar.


Elena North-Kelly is managing editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.