Christmas side dishes help your traditional roast shine! Plus, they make the holiday meal extra special. Let’s pay tribute with this list of mouth-watering Christmas side dishes.
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23 Extraordinary Christmas Side Dishes!
Delightful Christmas Side Dishes
This Christmas season, let us enjoy every moment with our friends, family, and the food we love very much. Enjoy!
1. Garlic & Rosemary Skillet Bread
This skillet bread transforms from a frozen dough to a fluffy Christmas roll. It’s perfect with soup and creamy chowder on a cold Christmas evening.
Plus, the garlic flavor and the rosemary scent are irresistible. So yummy!
2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries
This Brussels sprouts side dish features the best flavors of the winter/fall season. They’re roasted and mixed, creating a festive side dish for Christmas dinner. Something inviting to bring to the table!
3. Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts
A simple gluten-free, vegan side dish that’s actually made of rice. We love its saffron thread, golden raisin, and toasted pine nut flavors.
If you can’t live without rice, this is something to consider for Christmas dinner.
4. Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta
A simple side dish becomes extra special and fancy with a touch of cranberries and cheese on top. Take it from this honey roasted butternut squash with cranberries and feta.
It’s a side dish with the perfect blend of sweet and savory tastes perfect for Christmas.
5. Whole Wheat Lion House Rolls
This bread roll recipe is a must-try this Christmas season. It’s a healthier choice with its whole wheat flour.
And even if it’s healthy, it’s still delightful and doesn’t skimp on flavor.
6. Easy Creamed Corn
Creamed corn is one of the most famous side dishes during the holiday season. And this might be the creamiest creamed corn you’ll ever taste! It’s the easiest thing ever to make and guaranteed to make everyone go crazy on Christmas day.
7. Cranberry Millionaire Salad
With a cranberry millionaire salad on the side, any main dish can be even more extraordinary. The secret is the homemade cranberry sauce that gives it a mellow sweet taste!
8. Cream Cheese and Parmesan Asparagus
These asparagus spears are to die for! Wrapped in a cream-cheese layered puff pastry and loaded with parmesan cheese. An elegant dish to serve to adults and to kids who love cheese!
They’re also a delicious way to enjoy veggies on Christmas day.
9. Orange Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is tough to resist. Especially when it’s this good and tasty! The zesty tang of orange complements the sweetness.
Imagine this sauce paired with your turkey, bread, and sandwiches.
10. Easy Ranch Baby Carrots
Looking for a Christmas side dish recipe? Why not try these baked baby carrots topped with delicious ranch dressing?
Easy to put together and will add some vibrant color to your Christmas table.
11. Corn and Bacon Casserole
How to revamp a simple corn casserole? Easy! Add a cup of crispy bacon, and you’ll have a crowd-pleasing side dish for everyone!
So try making this tasty sweet corn and bacon casserole alongside your favorite meal!
12. Italian Green Beans
If you don’t find this side dish special, wait until you taste it! I’m sure it will surprise you with its fresh and savory taste.
A delicious way to eat your green beans on Christmas day.
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13. Loaded Garlic Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Adding ranch seasoning, bacon, and cheese is a genius way to make your mashed potatoes amazing. You need to experience how awesome this side dish recipe is on Christmas day!
14. Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf
Level up your rice dishes during the holidays! Cook them in herb-seasoned chicken broth! Then give it more flavor by adding special ingredients. Like apple juice, cranberries, pecans, apples, and apple cider vinegar.
This is a classy yet super easy one-pot dish.
15. Sweet Potato Casserole
This delicious side dish is a crowd-pleaser. Make everyone, especially your kids, happy with this yummy casserole.
16. Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Roasted potatoes taste fantastic and are very easy to make. This is a straightforward recipe, yet so appetizing!
Every mouthful is bursting with flavors of potatoes, cheese, and seasonings. It’s incredible!
17. Browned Butter Mashed Parsnips with Coriander and Thyme
Browned butter, coriander, thyme, and pistachios give you amazing mashed parsnips. Perfect substitutes for mashed potatoes. Plus they look pretty and perfect on a Christmas table.
18. Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
This macaroni salad recipe is a personal fave. Sweet, savory, creamy, and a chock-full of Hawaiian goodness! It’s a delicious summery side dish you can try this Christmas season.
19. Creamy Sweet Potato Risotto
It’s time to level-up your usual Italian dish. All you need are some diced sweet potatoes, pecans, and rich and creamy Parmesan cheese. And viola, you get a perfect risotto dish!
Use either arborio rice or carnaroli rice for this dish. Plus, parmesan cheese makes it even more delicious.
20. Maple and Bacon Skillet Cornbread
This one’s a cast iron skillet recipe hack! Mix bacon bits with your usual cornbread, then dribbled some sweet-tasting maple syrup.
If you don’t have an iron cast skillet, use of a 9-inch square pan or round cake pan instead.
21. Classic Leek and Potato Soup Recipe
The best way to enjoy the Christmas holiday is with a large serving of warm potato leek soup. This classic French (or British, since there are a lot of claims) soup is best served during the winter season.
It’s a simple, delicious side dish that’s so easy to make. You can have it ready in a little more than 30 minutes. With less than five ingredients, you’ll also save money.
22. Sour Cream and Chives Mashed Potatoes
What better way to spice up a traditional side dish than to cook up some sour cream and chives mashed potatoes?
You’ll need Yukon gold potatoes (or pounds potatoes), cream cheese, sour cream. Don’t forget the green onions, garlic, salt, and pepper.
23. Cranberry Fluff Salad
If you need a side dish or dessert for your holiday dinner, then whip up this cranberry fluff salad. This combination of cranberry syrup, pineapples, marshmallows, oranges, and pecans is amazing!
Best served chilled to create a dessert-like taste to the mouth.
Want more ideas for your Christmas side dishes? Here are more amazing recipes you can try from avantgardevegan:
Side dishes are as important as your main dish! With these options, your Christmas dinner is one to look forward to.
What do you think of these Christmas side dishes? Which recipes are you planning to try? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on December 20, 2019, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Diane Marie Haines says
What is this beautiful dish. I looked everywhere on your website, but can’t find the recipe for this one. Can you help me, please.
Benazir's Kitchen says
Oh my god, it looks so delicious yet light and healthy!
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Kevin N Myers says
No recipes to go with the pictures
You have to click on where it says “photo”. Yeah, I know – pretty stupid that they didn’t explain that…