A Casual Holiday Meal
Featuring homey, comforting fare, this casual menu is ideal for a relaxed gathering of close friends. Braised beef short ribs are paired with herbed spaetzle, which soak up the flavorful sauce. This hearty main course can be cooked in advance and reheated just before serving, so it's convenient when you're entertaining. Caramelized pear upside-down gingerbread, fragrant with sweet spices, makes a satisfying ending to the meal.
White porcelain bowls are just right for holding the short ribs and spaetzle. To accompany the ribs, pour a spicy Zinfandel or a Syrah in Riedel "O" tumblers.