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.

Cider-Maple Brussels Sprouts

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Rainbow Jell-O

Parents

Cherry gelatin, yogurt, and white grape juice make the red, pink and white layers in this pretty dessert. They are also good snacks.

Barley Risotto with Butternut Squash

Diabetic Living

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.

Asiago Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Mashed Potatoes

Midwest Living

Give mashed potatoes an Italian twist by stirring in Asiago cheese and an herbacious tomato pesto.

Risotto With Peas And Prosciutto

Family Circle

Salty prosciutto, sweet peas, and Asiago cheese make flavorful additions to the basic recipe for risotto. Serve it in bowls as a main dish.

Molasses-Tossed Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

Using a variety of small potatoes adds visual interest to this sweet and sharp-flavored side dish.

Green Bean Tart

Parents

Stuffed Peppers Risotto

Better Homes and Gardens

A popular stuffed pepper main dish filled with precooked chicken, asparagus, tarragon, and rice cooked with whipping cream.

Total: 30 mins

Broccoli-Cauliflower Bake

Better Homes and Gardens

Only one pan is required for this creamy recipe brimming with broccoli and cauliflower.

Two-Tone Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

Wow holiday guests with an unexpected two-tone twist on a classic mashed potatoes recipe.

Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs

Better Homes and Gardens

Keep your oven free for large cuts of meat or poultry and put your slow cooker to work in this comforting side dish that gets finished with a crunchy bacon topper.

Pappa's Pear Stuffing

Midwest Living

Broccoli-Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Midwest Living

For extra creamy potatoes, beat roasted spuds with an electric mixer until they're light and fluffy.

Make Ahead Butternut Squash Gratin

Better Homes and Gardens

Cauliflower Gratin

Midwest Living

Toss cauliflower with bread crumbs, mustard, cheddar, herbs and almonds to make this basic vegetable holiday table-ready.

Prosciutto-Sage Mashed Potatoes

Family Circle

A scoop of mascarpone cheese will make these mashed potatoes your creamiest, dreamiest batch yet.

Ginger Cranberry Relish

Better Homes and Gardens

Some folks prefer cranberry relish served warm. If that's the case at your house, make this glistening jewel-tone accompaniment just before mealtime.

Total: 15 mins
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