12 Make-Ahead Holiday Side Dishes
Wouldn't it be great if your holiday dishes were already prepared, just waiting to go from the fridge to the oven? Give yourself the gift of a few extra hours of sanity with these make-ahead Christmas side dishes.
Skillet Braised Brussels Sprouts
Perfectly browned Brussels sprouts are tossed with garlic cloves and crisped bacon. To make ahead, cool bacon and sprouts in separate containers, then reheat and add finishing touches the day of.
Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes
A great alternative to standard mashed spuds, this rich side dish can be refrigerated until ready to bake. Mascarpone's decadence is the perfect way to mark a special occasion.
Apple Cranberry Relish
Dress the turkey differently this year. "A unique alternative to traditional cranberry sauce. I've made this a number of times now and always get much praise for this recipe," says CurvyChef.
Roasted Carrot Salad
Roast carrots and prepare other salad ingredients the day before, then toss when the time comes for a vibrantly colored salad that is sure to please. This salad would pair well with ham, turkey, or an all-veggie holiday feast.
Scalloped Potatoes II
A classic comfort food that can be reheated when it's time to celebrate! Potatoes and butter always work when gathering with family and friends.
Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole
A cross between corn soufflé and a slightly sweet corn pudding. Easy to prepare with a great flavor that everyone will enjoy. Note: The ingredients can be doubled and baked in a 9x13 inch baking dish in almost the same amount of cooking time.
Mushroom Cream Gravy Sauce
Perfect to pair with turkey, mashed potatoes, or roasted vegetables. This beautifully flavored gravy gets its holiday-friendly richness from white wine, rosemary, and cream. Your guests will be pouring the love on thick if this gravy is on the table.
Broccoli Cheese Bake
In a world full of carb-heavy holiday sides, be this delicious broccoli cheese bake. Simply steam broccoli and make cheese sauce the day before your event. Bubbling Swiss cheese baked over broccoli and onion is sure to be a winner.
Sweet Potatoes with Brandy and Raisins
Rich brown sugar and brandy-soaked raisins are baked atop sweet potatoes for a layered, impactful flavor profile. Fill your home with the aroma of the season when you take this dish from fridge to oven.
Oyster Stew Christmas Eve Recipe
This stew is traditionally served in the southeastern United States, dating back to the mid-1800s when Catholic settlers abstained from eating meat on Christmas Eve. Honor tradition and indulge your senses with this flavorful stew. Combine all ingredients except oysters, adding them and simmering for 10-15 minutes when guests arrive.
Muffin Tin Potatoes Gratin
Tasty and portion-controlled gratin in a cup. Easily made before the celebration begins, this recipe utilizes muffin pans for easy serving and cleanup. "We found this style led us to eat fewer potatoes," says lovestohost. "The leftovers heated up well for lunch the next day."
Parsnip and Carrot Puree
Tender parsnips and carrots are pureed with butter and chives for a natural accompaniment to roasted meats. A light, creamy alternative to traditional mashed potatoes, this blend has a hint of sweetness from fresh parsnips. Great for combining conventional holiday dishes with unexpected ingredients!