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


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.

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.

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


Two-Tone Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Wild Rice Pilaf with Squash

Better Homes and Gardens

Whether you serve it with fish, chicken or beef, this nutritious slow cooker pilaf will be a hit at your dinner table.

Bacon-Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Midwest Living

A bowl of mashed potatoes is practically a meal in itself when you fold in crumbled blue cheese and crispy bacon.

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes


Even picky kids will love this adult take on savory potatoes, and may have fun helping you make them (who doesn't like to smash things). Just a few simple ingredients turn a boring side into a standout.

Cranberry-Pear Relish

Better Homes and Gardens

Try this simple yet sophisticated relish with pork or turkey. Pairs well with chicken, too.

Total: 20 mins

Sauteed Green Beans with Parmesan

Family Circle

Green beans are tender but retain a hint of crunchiness when you boil and quickly saute.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

Cutting the potatoes into small cubes before boiling prevents them from becoming waterlogged and results in a fluffier finish to this easy side dish.

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