12 Easy Holiday Side Dishes to Save You Time
Sometimes less is more, and these top-rated side dishes prove just that. If you want to take some of the pressure off this holiday season, keep it simple with these side dishes that require few ingredients and are ready in 30 minutes or less. Not to mention they're deserving of a spot at any holiday table, and no one will ever guess they were so easy to make. Read on for 12 easy holiday side dishes that will save you time this season.
Parmesan Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are sauteed simply with butter, garlic, and parmesan to soften the lessen the bitterness of the sprouts. Reviewer Kali Peacock says, "The recipe is easy, healthy, and tasty and I'll be making Brussels sprouts this way again and again."
Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes
Green beans are boiled and tossed with cherry tomatoes in a buttery basil sauce for an elegant side that's ready to go in 20 minutes. Reviewer KALFROMCAL "This outstanding vegetable dish had my vegetable-hating extended family raving at Thanksgiving dinner, and they REQUESTED it again for Christmas! Easy to prepare, BEAUTIFUL to present, good for you -- what's not to like?"
Best Green Bean Casserole
Reviewer Jayme says, "I love green bean casserole, but I never thought of putting cheese in it before. Why, I don't know because cheese makes everything better!" This classic side dish has over 900 glowing reviews and requires just four ingredients.
Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews
"What a hit with my family. Just the right mixture of garlic and cashews with our favorite side dish, broccoli," says recipe creator SALSIEPIE. "And, so very easy to make!! If in a pinch, you could probably use frozen broccoli too..."
Asparagus and Cashews
This dish can be thrown together over the stove in a matter of minutes, but your guests won't be able to tell. "This is so easy and so delicious," says reviewer brennagolena. "A great way to introduce a veggie to any dish. It's soy sauce based so goes well with another soy-based main dish but I've brought it as a potluck side dish and everyone loved it with other main dishes."
Brandied Candied Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar
This is not your typical sweet potato casserole. "Very good — most definitely not your ordinary yams with melted marshmallows on top. These had a distinct flavor that was not rooted in sugary sweetness. Instead, it was much more refined and complex while the dish itself was lighter on the palette than the standard faire."
Green Beans With Walnuts
"Don't let the simplicity of this recipe fool you! These beans are awesome, both in taste and presentation," says reviewer naples34102. "The walnut oil adds a subtle nuttiness and, if at all possible, should not be substituted. The toasted walnuts also contribute great flavor and at the same time dress the beans up visually."
Cheesy Corn with Cream Cheese
Take classic creamed corn up a notch. Reviewer Andrea Roy says, "I more than doubled the recipe, and added bacon as a topping and increased the amount of creole seasoning, but changed nothing else. It turned out incredible and I am making it again for the Christmas dinner that I am hosting. This has replaced our green bean casserole!"
Sauteed Green Beans
Fresh, frozen, or canned — this green bean recipe is as easy as it gets. "I used canned green beans though, but that worked out fine and I just left it on the stove on low and let it simmer stirring occasionally and it turned out great. Highly recommend it," says reviewer marci.
Broiled Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes, sugar, and butter is all that's required for this simple dish. Reviewer Lydia K says, "I needed something easy and this recipe was perfect. I sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. I might try brown sugar next time but my husband just raved about these."
Sesame Green Beans
This simple method can be used for both green beans and broccoli says recipe creator SPRUCETREE18. "This recipe interested me for its sheer simplicity and for its cooking method...This is simply wonderful--just as written. And as for the cooking method--it worked out perfectly and the beans were bright green, fresh and with a just right taste of sesame from the oil and seeds," says reviewer naples34102.
Lemon Pepper Green Beans
Green beans are sauteed with butter, almonds, and lemon pepper for simple perfection. Reviewer DACOOK411 says, "What a delicious and elegant recipe for company. I always use fresh green beans...there's really no comparison to others."