Shopping List for 60-Minute Weeknight Entertaining Menu for Four

By Dede Wilson

Serving a gourmet meal during the busy Christmas season doesn’t have to be stressful. Take this handy shopping list to the grocery store with you to ensure that you have all the ingredients you need for the following menu:

  • Duck Breasts with Dried Cherry Sauce

  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Brown Sugar (half a recipe)

  • Green Beans Balsamico (half the recipe)

  • Pears and Gorgonzola

Shopping list:

  • 1-1/2 pounds green beans

  • 4 ripe pears or other fresh fruit for dessert

  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 pound Gorgonzola

  • 2 whole Pekin duck breasts

  • 1/4 cup demi-glace

  • 1/4 cup dried cherries

  • 1/3 cup bourbon

You may already have these items on hand in your pantry, but check to ensure that you have enough:

  • Orange marmalade

  • Unsalted butter

  • Whole milk or half-and-half

  • Light brown sugar

  • Thyme

  • Cinnamon

  • Cider vinegar

  • Extra-virgin olive oil

  • Balsamic vinegar

  • Dry red wine, such as Merlot