12 Best Side Dishes for Your Christmas Feast
12 days of Christmas side dishes to get you feeling festive.
Your Christmas ham, turkey, pork roast, game hens or roast beef deserves side dishes that turn a meal into a feast. With that in mind, we've chosen 12 of our favorite Christmas side dishes that you can pair with any Christmas main dish. Every side dish on this list is top-rated by hundreds (sometimes thousands) of home cooks. You can't go wrong with any of these stellar sides — from roasted vegetables to creamy casseroles. Without further ado, here are 12 of the best Christmas side dishes worthy of a spot on your Christmas dinner menu.
"This was the highlight of the dinner I made tonight," says reviewer PUNKGIRL. This show-stopping side dish includes brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and cashews for a flavorful side that is perfect for any meat-main. Learn how to make this side dish and see why it has over 1,400 glowing reviews.
"I made this for Christmas Eve dinner and everyone loved it! I peeled the onions and they all held their shape just fine. My only addition was a splash of white wine with the broth." — Jen Iglar
"I make these every Christmas and my family loves them!" says reviewer Debra Seiderer. "Every now and then I will soak the sprouts in some red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar for a few hours to kick up the taste and very often I use butter instead of olive oil to get a richer flavor, however you do it, roasting sprouts is the best!"
"Served this at Christimas — it was beautiful and everyone loved it — even my kids asked to make it again. I used fresh green beans." — carri
Mashed Potatoes are a classic side dish for any meal, but they're especially great when paired with a holiday ham. Learn the right technique from Chef John to get the perfect mashed potatoes every time.
This is about the prettiest and most festive way to serve sweet potatoes. "We made these yesterday for Christmas Eve dinner and everyone kept telling me how delicious they were," says reviewer MONKAREE. These eye-catching sides are made by scooping out the flesh of an orange and spooning the sweet potato mix into the peels before baking them.
"Made this for Christmas dinner," says reviewer Joy Mathison Armstrong. "I'd never made green bean casserole before. I followed the recipe exactly. It was delicious and my brother-in-law said it was the best green bean casserole he'd ever had."
Green beans tend to be a go-to veggie for Christmas dinner — but why not shake it up this year and give asparagus a try? In this dish, asparagus is sauteed with sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce, and cashews for an Asian-inspired side that's bursting with flavor. "I didn't think I liked asparagus until trying this recipe at a Christmas dinner. Now I cook it for any special occasion and everyone oooh's and aah's when I say it's on the menu," says recipe creator Shelly Domke.
Reviewer Granny Annie says, "I made this for a Christmas potluck at work and it was a hit! Even cooled off it was great and people wanted the recipe. this is a keeper! I used pure butter not margarine and whole milk."
Break up all the casseroles and heavy potato side dishes with this light and crisp winter squash salad. "I served it for the first time last holiday season with prime rib and a wild rice side, and the meal earned high marks," says reviewer MomSal. This salad will also make great leftovers for those lazy days after Christmas.
Gruyere cheese is used in this variation to make for an impressive side dish that is perfect for special occasions."Not only were these a decadent taste sensation, they were remarkably easy to assemble as well — no sauce to prepare, just layer cream and cheese! After sampling these it will be interesting to see if I ever go back to traditional au gratin potatoes prepared with Cheddar again," says reviewer naples34102.
12. Holiday Dressing
Reviewer miss beanie says, "If I could I would give it 8 stars. Made this for Christmas and the whole family just absolutely loved it. Everyone wanted the recipe. Will make over and over again."