One key decision that can help make Christmas special is what meat to serve at dinner. With so many options to choose from, selecting a cut that is mouth-watering and elegant can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help.

Here are our recommendations for what will satisfy even the pickiest eaters:

1) Beef Tenderloin

If you love filet mignon, this is the holiday roast for you. Use our beef roasting guide as a resource to help perfectly cook this savory meat to your liking. To ensure moist deliciousness in every bite, always remember to let your meat rest after cooking and before slicing. Pair this delectable beef with horseradish or béarnaise as the perfect complimentary sauce.

2) Crown Roast of Pork

A crown roast is created by taking a bone-in pork loin and assembling it into a circle with the ribs pointed upward. It is a showstopper and perfect for special occasions like Christmas. These roasts come with 12 to 16 ribs, which you can slice into individual chops for serving. When it comes to cooking time and temperature tips, look no further than our crown roast cooking instructions. Decorate your meat with gold foil chop frills for an extra special touch, available for purchase at the Butcher Boy meat counter.

3) Prime Rib

Prime rib are sold either bone-in or boneless. When serving boneless prime rib, plan on 3/4 to 1 pound per person. If you opt for bone-in, one rib for every two people is a safe bet. Whether you serve bone-in or boneless, consult our guide to find the cooking temperature that works best for each cut. Pick up our delicious homemade au jus, ideal for dipping or drizzling on top.

4) Spiral Ham

For ease with your big crowd, serve a spiral pre-sliced ham. Our hams come pre-cooked, so follow these directions for heating the ham to keep it nice and juicy. Pour Butcher Boy’s ham glaze on top while heating for some added sweetness. We also carry a traditional raisin sauce that can be served on the side.

5. Holiday Short-Cut Rump Roast

Another delicious steak roast. While it’s called the holiday roast, we now carry this crowd-favorite all year round. A great value, this steak is packed with flavor. Many like to season this roast with Butcher Boy garlic-pepper steak-house seasoning, a delicious dry rub and one of our customers’ favorites.

Want more tips? Take a look at our Holiday Order Guide or roasting guides on our website or stop by our store in North Andover and let our butchers answer all your questions.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Butcher Boy!