17 Christmas Side Dishes That’ll Go With *ANY* Main Dish
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17 Christmas Side Dishes That’ll Go With *ANY* Main Dish

LBH, ham and turkey are great and all, but sides are where it’s at during Christmas dinner (looking at you, mac and cheese). Think about it — a tiny portion of your plate is dedicated to the main dish and the rest is always piled high with sweet potato and green bean casseroles. Obviously, this means that great thought must go into choosing the sides for your cozy Christmas dinner. The good news is, we’ve done all the work for you! Pour yourself a cocktail and bookmark the following 17 Christmas sides that’ll be perfect for your menu, no matter what main dishes you’re serving.

1. Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf: Rice pilaf makes a great alternative to a traditional stuffing. Customize it as you like, but diced apples, pecans and dried cranberries are a great place to start. (via Carlsbad Cravings)

2. Beet, Goat Cheese and Walnut Tart: Truth be told, this isn’t a quick dish to prepare. But, it’s nice to pick and choose a few laborious sides to really steal the show. Roast the beets the day before and you’ve saved yourself a nice chunk of time. (via Alexandra’s Kitchen)

3. Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry and Quinoa Salad: Brussels sprouts are no stranger to the Christmas table, but they’re usually roasted. Try this fresh approach by shredding them and tossing with an orange vinaigrette for a crunchy winter salad. (via Gimme Some Oven)

4. Garlic Herb and Cheese Pull Apart Bread: Why should you have plain frozen rolls when you can easily make a cheesy pull-apart bread? Bake a couple loaves to sit in the middle of the table and watch everyone fight for the next slice. (via Chew Town)

5. Easy Creamed Corn: Any dish with easy in the name is essential for a smooth Christmas dinner. Prep everything ahead of time and then pop the corn in the oven at the last minute to ensure it stays piping hot. (via Damn Delicious)

6. Cranberry Whiskey Gravy: Whatever you do, don’t forget the gravy! Spike yours with a bit of whiskey to add a depth of flavor and take the edge off slightly. (via Mantitlement)

7. Creamy Garlic Thyme Potatoes: Mashed potatoes are a shoo-in for Christmas dinner. Try offering up a second potato option for guests who are just too adamant about lumps vs. no lumps. (via Rasa Malaysia)

8. Italian Green Beans: Green bean casserole can be heavy, and if you leave it to Aunt Shirley, there’s no telling what’s lurking in it. Steam a bundle of green beans and toss with garlic, breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning for a lighter alternative. (via Tastes of Lizzy T’s)

9. Maple Pecan Hasselback Butternut Squash: Hasselback preparation isn’t just for potatoes. It helps this butternut squash cook quicker and allows the maple and butter to penetrate every bite. (via Seasons and Suppers)

10. Slow Cooker Balsamic Brussels Sprouts: Any excuse for you to give your slow cooker a workout on the biggest cooking day of the year is a good one. All you have to do for this side is trim the Brussels and make the balsamic reduction and the rest is hands-off. (via Damn Delicious)

11. Maple Roasted Carrots in Tahini Sauce With Pomegranate and Pistachios: This stunning dish looks like it should be on the cover of a foodie magazine. If you want to make maximum impact with minimal effort, these carrots need to be on your Christmas menu. (via Closet Cooking)

12. Saffron Rice With Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts: This flavorful Middle Eastern rice dish will pair wonderfully with your other sides. It’s sweet, savory and fragrant with a unique contrast of textures. (via A Spicy Perspective)

13. Roasted Mushrooms in a Browned Butter, Garlic and Thyme Sauce: If there’s a dish to convert someone to a mushroom lover, this is it. The mushrooms act like sponges that soak up the nutty browned butter, garlic and herbs. What’s not to love? (via Closet Cooking)

14. Roasted Beetroot, Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad: If you have to transport a dish to Christmas, a simple salad like this one will be perfect. You can even bring all of the components separately and assemble right before dinner. (via The Cook’s Pyjamas)

15. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes: There would be anarchy if there weren’t mashed potatoes at every family gathering. Guarantee that they’ll turn out perfect every time by using a consistent recipe that everyone will love. (via Cooking Classy)

16. Scalloped Sweet Potato Ring: Sweet potatoes have never looked so inviting. Carefully use a mandoline to get uniformly thin slices throughout the dish. (via The Healthy Foodie)

17. Marinated Slow Roasted Onions: Just hear us out. These onions are marinated overnight and slow roasted to achieve a sweet and rich flavor. You can then use them to enhance your proteins or simply eat them in conjunction with your other sides. (via Kevin is Cooking)

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