November 19, 2010 Katja Presnal

Bobby Flay's Tips for Easy Holiday Cooking

I interviewed Bobby Flay this fall and he and shared some of his best tips how to plan a great Holiday dinner and include your family in the preparations too!


Think through the menu and be sure to incorporate a couple of dishes that you know you can make in advance. For example, you can always make cranberry sauce, stuffing, and soups days before; soups and stuffing can be heated up that day. You’ll save time without sacrificing taste!


Don’t be afraid to make the same dish multiple times during the holiday season. If you have a recipe that everyone loves, most of your guests are probably hoping you’ll serve it when they’re visiting! For example, many people love stuffing – and have great recipes for it, too. Pair stuffing with more than just turkey. It works as well with any holiday main dish, including ham, pork roast or chicken.


During the busy holiday seasons, the meals you’re most likely to eat (and prepare) have real, simple ingredients and are relatively easy to make, such as Bobby Flay’s Blackened Chicken Breast With Mustard Herb Sauce. Make simple desserts for everyone to enjoy. Package cookies, brownies and candies into a colorful gift bag with a creative tag for guests to take home.


If you’re planning a party, it’s a good idea to use a calendar and schedule times for every member of the family to pitch in and do what they can to prepare in advance. Assign children to one course, so that they decide the dish they want to make and serve at holiday dinners – it’s a great way to let them feel more invested in holiday meals … and ensures you’ll have more clean plates at the kids’ table!


After a Holiday meal with family and friends, use your leftovers to make dinner for the next day such as Bobby Flay’s Turkey Paella with Lemon-Smoked Paprika Aioli. Have lots of leftover ingredients? Consider setting up a make-your-own-waffles station for your holiday dessert. Prepare the waffles in advance and leave them in the oven at a low temperature to keep them warm. To satisfy all dessert lovers, set out different toppings for people to choose from, such as: cranberries, whipped cream, ice cream, sliced almonds, raspberries, bananas, chocolate syrup and white chocolate chips. For more holiday tips and recipes from Bobby Flay go to or

Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work. Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners. She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

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