Christmas Side Dishes
The fun thing about Christmas side dishes is that unlike Thanksgiving, you're not locked into serving up traditional side dish recipes like candied yams or corn pudding (not that there's anything wrong with them!). Your holiday ham (or turkey, or crown roast) deserves some Christmastime pizzazz, so branch out: Try adding cardamom and ginger to make glazed carrots special, or introduce vibrant purple braised cabbage to the plate. Or showcase the colors of Christmas with fresh green cilantro tabbouleh studded with crimson cranberries. The flashier, the better - the tree shouldn't be the only thing that sparkles.See Popular Christmas Side Dishes Recipes
Easter dinner lets you mix things up, unlike at Thanksgiving, when there's the turkey and a list of must-have sides. Sure, many families love ham, but other main courses make appearances; everything from lamb to brisket can be found on American Easter tables. Side dishes are just as varied--some theme their dinners around the notion of springtime flavors like asparagus and minted peas, while others are just as happy to showcase heartier dishes like cheesy, creamy potatoes au gratin or a velvety sweet-potato puree.
Don't forget the side dishes! We're sharing nine of our favorite blogger recipes to help round out your summer BBQs.
Just as every Hollywood superstar needs a supporting cast to really shine, turkey needs side dishes for the Thanksgiving meal to be complete. Some might argue that Thanksgiving isn't even Thanksgiving without the sides! We've got eight Thanksgiving side-dish recipes that every holiday table must have--tried-and-true traditional recipes that aim to please.
What were we thinking of as kids, refusing to eat our vegetables? Whereas once our parents had to resort to an arsenal of tactics just to get us to take a bite, by turns cajoling, imploring and vacillating between reward (the promise of dessert!) and threat (go to your room!)
We all know that we could stand to eat more vegetables -- but let's face it, vegetable side dishes can be a pain in the you-know-what. Don't get us wrong: the idea of that tidy, pretty pile of veggies balancing out the plate is nice and all, but like spotless kitchen floors and wrinkle-free beds, not necessarily realistic. On busy weeknights, it's all we can do to get the main course on the table, let alone fish out another recipe that takes half an hour or more to make.
Spice up your side dish repertoire with one of these 10 flavorful rubs, spreads or sprinkles that elevate traditional corn on the cob.
Healthy side dishes are the most important part of a meal.
Christmas is delightful for all kinds of reasons--glittering decorations, time with loved ones, the gifts (!)--but for many of us, the best part of the season is the food. The entire month of December is filled with amazing dishes, from delicate party appetizers to heaping trays of Christmas cookies at family gatherings.
This simple-to-prepare, oven-baked risotto gets a wonderfully smooth and creamy flavor from cream of mushroom soup, Parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.
Making this autumn side dish couldn't be easier just toss the Brussels sprouts in your slow cooker and top with cider, maple syrup, thyme, and onion.
Count Paolo Marzotto and his family love this luscious risotto made with carletti, a wild herb with the uninviting Latin name Silene vulgaris, or bladder campion. The herb, which has a sweet, pea-like flavor, can be replaced by any number of baby greens, from baby spinach to baby turnip greens -- or even fresh pea shoots.
Cherry gelatin, yogurt, and white grape juice make the red, pink and white layers in this pretty dessert. They are also good snacks.
This risotto features Arborio rice, slow simmered in cinnamon-infused chicken stock with pureed pumpkin, and white wine, finished with Parmesan-Reggiano and caramelized walnuts.
Filled with fiber for long-lasting energy and a dose of heart-healthy whole grains, this risotto would be at home on a holiday table or served as a satisfying weeknight supper.