10 Christmas Side Dishes For A Festive Feast
From proper potatoes to uncommon cranberries, we put together our favorite Christmas side dishes for a festive feast.
So you’re sitting down at the table for Christmas dinner and you’re going to eat … what exactly? Unlike some other holidays, Christmas doesn’t have a single, traditional main course. That means more flexibility for this holiday menu. Of course, more flexibility means more decisions. So what will the holiday table look like this year? Ham, prime rib, roast beef — or none of the above?
And the decisions don’t stop there: What Christmas side dish will have people asking for seconds? You might only have just one main course, but you’re going to have more than one side dish, right?
We’ve got you covered. Take a look at these Christmas side dish recipes, any one of which would be perfect for your holiday feast, no matter what your main dish.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon, Almonds and Dried Cranberries
Beautifully browned Brussels sprouts turn lightly sweet from roasting, with a little tartness and richness from the addition of bacon, almonds, and cranberries. It makes a perfect addition to Christmas dinner. Did we mention bacon? Yes, we did, but we’re mentioning it again because bacon.
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussel Sprouts & Cranberries
Talk about colorful! This easy recipe combines the beautiful orange of squash, the deep green of Brussels sprouts and the brilliant red of cranberries for a delicious and festive side dish. Maple syrup adds sweetness without pushing it over the edge. Don’t forget the ground pepper to add a little contrasting spice without any fuss.
You had us at “hasselback.” Make this Christmas your best Christmas with these fun, beautiful potatoes that rise above ordinary spuds without a lot of effort. One great tip: Use a chopstick placed at the base of the potato to stop your knife from going all the way through. Very clever! Minced fresh herbs — whether parsley, basil, or oregano — finish off the dish with a little elegance.
Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Perfect mashed potatoes? Yes, please. Nothing says comfort food like this dish, which incorporates sour cream and cream cheese into rich and tasty mashed potatoes. These potatoes are twice-cooked and finished in the oven. Want to work ahead? Chill for up to two days before baking. Garnish with fresh parsley and a dash of paprika for a splash of color.
Simple Scalloped Potatoes
Make this a part of your Christmas meal once and be ready to pencil it in for next year, too. A little nutmeg and some bay leaves elevate these scalloped potatoes without complicating them. Sprinkle on the grated Gruyère at the end for that wonderful, cheesy potato gratin finish. (No Gruyère? Not a problem. Mozzarella or Parmesan work great too.)
Classic Green Bean Casserole
This dish has made the rounds, appearing on countless Christmas tables over the years. This rendition from Taste of Southern proves you can’t go wrong with a classic, especially when it combines green beans with those delicious fried onions. They give the crunch of bread crumbs but with a lot more flavor!
Shredded Collard Green Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cashews
This collard greens recipe includes so many delicious flavors popping up with every bite, whether it’s the briny tang of goat cheese, the richness of sweet potatoes, or the crunch of cashews. Perk up the taste buds even more with a lime-ginger vinaigrette poured over the greens and then served at the table.
Celery Root Gratin
The often-overlooked celery root (aka celeriac) gets mixed with cream, cheese, butter, and bread crumbs for a delicious side dish. Whether you’re a celeriac fan from way back or a newcomer to the vegetable, this is a simple recipe that helps the side dish stand apart from the same old, same old.
Cranberry Pecan Wild Rice Stuffing
Looking for a delicious, colorful holiday side? Don’t be thrown by the term “stuffing” — it cooks on its own. It pairs well with just about any main dish to become a special part of your holiday meal. It’s flexible, too. Not a fan of pecans? Substitute walnuts or almonds. No cranberries on hand? Get that same splash of color and flavor with dried apricots or golden raisins.
Brown Butter Sweet Potato Casserole
Marshmallows on top of sweet potatoes can be, shall we say, controversial, so this recipe skips them. It doesn’t skimp on the flavor, though. These sweet potatoes get a pleasant punch of citrus from orange zest and a lovely aroma from ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Plus, browned butter adds a unique depth of flavor and subtle nuttiness.