Christmas Side Dish Recipes

Casseroles, potatoes, relish and more, here are our top christmas side dishes. Choose from over 290 recipes to pair with your Christmas ham or prime rib!

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Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Lemon

Rating: 4.31 stars
76
The hazelnuts and lemon zest add a wonderful light touch. It's a favorite!

Chef John's Candied Yams

Rating: 4.74 stars
36
Sure, everyone knows orange-fleshed sweet potatoes aren't really yams, but it makes for a shorter name. I'm not a huge sweet side dish person, but I make an exception for these candied yams that use lemon instead of orange juice as a sweetener.

Roasted Melting Potatoes

Rating: 4.38 stars
19
These roasted potatoes are simply amazing; crispy on the outside and melting on the inside, this quick and easy side dish will not disappoint you!

Cranberry Sauce with Honey and Pears

Rating: 4.6 stars
9
This spicy cranberry sauce uses honey and pears to sweeten it instead of sugar. I try to prepare this at least a few hours ahead of time to allow all the flavors to blend, but if you don't have time to wait, it's still delicious. A beautiful sweet/tart addition to any feast.

Butternut Squash Gratin

Rating: 4.17 stars
6
This is an amazing side dish for Thanksgiving, the holidays, or anytime. There are never any leftovers when I make this.

Savory Roasted Root Vegetables

Rating: 4.52 stars
120
Beets were my sworn enemy until I tried them like this, it's a great way to use root vegetables. I think the beets add a beautiful red color to the dish, but if it bothers you to serve pinkish vegetables, substitute parsnips, rutabaga, or any similar vegetable; be creative!

Broccoli Cheese Bake

Rating: 4.29 stars
177
This is a great casserole that I threw together one day when a friend requested Broccoli au Gratin for her birthday dinner. This is a great idea for those who aren't big fans of bread crumbs. Also, the eggs can be taken out for a great sauce and using skim milk and fat-free cheese works well, too. It's basically a great recipe that can be easily altered according to taste. Enjoy!

Truly Delicious Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 4.55 stars
187
If you think you don't like Brussels sprouts, give this recipe a try and discover the cooking technique that makes Brussels sprouts irresistible.

Chef John's Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 4.81 stars
632
This recipe will hopefully give you the proper techniques to turn out perfect mashed potatoes every time; always light, fluffy and lump-free.

Homemade Horseradish Sauce

Rating: 4.65 stars
74
A sauce like this only takes minutes, and the results are noticeably superior to their store-bought counterparts. If you are doing a prime rib, or other roast beef, you may want to seriously consider whipping up a batch of this classic horseradish sauce.

Gratin Dauphinois de Solange

Rating: 4.73 stars
10
Gratin Dauphinois is the perfect accompaniment to a roast or roast beef.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Casual Christmas Sides

Looking forward to a simpler Christmas feast? Look no further than these casual sides.

Savannah Seafood Stuffing

Rating: 4.82 stars
69

This is a seafood stuffing that has been in my family for a while. We have never actually stuffed the bird with this to avoid the turkey having a 'fishy' taste. We tend to like our dressing very moist, but if you prefer a drier stuffing, only use half of the broth.