Recipes For Entertainment

For some reason, we are supposed to believe that the true meaning of the holiday season is elusive. Like it’s a mystery we’re supposed to contemplate deep within. However, we think we have a pretty clear idea what the holiday good life is all about. As much as you can, put your feet up, take in some entertainment, and chow down. Sounds good, yes?

Picture this: the sun has gone down early. Holiday lights glow peacefully. Maybe everything is blanketed in snow. You have a very comfortable couch, and a world of entertainment options. (That’s us.) You just need some a small feast to complete the scene. As it happens, we can tell you what to watch during the holiday season and the dishes that match perfectly. From apps to cheese plates to main courses and dessert, we have exactly the kind of entertainment diet and diet diet you want.

One really cool DISH feature? Whole home TV. Your TV sets throughout your whole home can sync to your Hopper 3 DVR. That means you can watch TV in the kitchen when you’re cooking and basting, and then resume watching in the living room right where you left off.

We just think enjoyment should be seamless. Here is the best of holiday entertainment. Without further ado, enjoy.

A Christmas Story
TBS and TNT at 8pm on 12/24-25

A Christmas Story is full of comedy, triumph—and tragedy. One especially sad scene is when the Bumpus hounds break into the kitchen and devour the Christmas turkey. This season, make your own turkey, and keep the dogs at bay. Watch 24 hours of A Christmas Story, now in its twentieth year, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. And see the live musical on FOX on December 17 at 7pm.

Young Sheldon
Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS

A portrait of Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon as a young egghead? This calls for holiday soufflé. It’s the most delicious combination of eggs and air anyone has ever devised.   

About A Boy
DISH Anywhere

There is the sad-slash-hilarious scene in About A Boy in which Marcus hurls a loaf of rock-hard bread into a pond and sends a sitting duck to the hereafter. So what better dish to make for the occasion, and to round out our Christmas poultry menu, than Spice-Roasted Duck?

Mr. Robot
Wednesdays at 10pm on USA

It’s the end of the world as we know it! But who will rule in the aftermath? For the paranoid and delusional and extremely anxious world of Mr. Robot, food of great substance is out of the question. Like, how many calories does a computer file have? What does a ruined future taste like? What’s really needed is just plain popcorn.  

Kevin Can Wait
Mondays at 8/7c on CBS

Kevin would be happy to wait for slow cooker barbecue ribs.

The Crown
Netflix

Watch the original Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II with nothing less than a gentlemen’s casserole.

Outlander
DISH On Demand

The series that takes former WWII nurse Claire Randall—and us—back through Scottish history to the Jacobite risings of the 18th Century. There is rebellion and slaughter and romance and costumes. Watch with the authentic flavors of a Scottish cheese platter. You’ll need to stock and slice Caboc, Lanark blue, Dunlop, soft Bonchester, and Isle of Mull cheddar.

The Good Place
Watch On Demand, new episodes on NBC starting Jan 4

They think they went to the good place. But actually, it was the bad place. Whip up some Holiday Deviled Eggs and kick back.

Elf
This month on Freeform

He walked through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest, past the sea of twirly-swirly gumdrops, and through the Lincoln Tunnel. Enjoy with gumdrops.

Enjoy as much as you can. See you next year at the gym.