These top-rated seasonal side dishes are easy to prepare and perfect for holiday entertaining.
Gingersnap Sweet PotatoesSwap out traditional sweet potato casserole toppings, like mini marshmallows and pecans, for a streusel made from gingersnap cookies, brown sugar, butter, and flour.
Tee's Corn PuddingThis classic recipe has a rich, soufflé-like texture without the hassle. The result is an impressive holiday side dish the entire family will love.
Garlic Mashed-Potato GratinMake garlic mashed potatoes company-worthy by topping them with butter and chives and baking in a gratin dish until golden.
Fresh Cranberry-Orange RelishThis sweet-tart cranberry-orange relish is a simple and delicious addition to holiday menus.
Sherried Green Beans and MushroomsMake your holiday green bean dish elegant by cooking the beans with an exotic mushroom blend and stirring in sherry and fresh herbs.
- Ray Kachatorian
Our Best Holiday SidesHoliday cooking is all about your family's favorite dishes. From classic to unique, these top-rated sides take advantage of the season's produce.
If traditional sweet potato casseroles are too, well, sweet for your tastes, try this savory gratin featuring parmesan cheese and black and cayenne pepper.
Recipe: Sweet-Potato Gratin
Garlicky Green Beans with Pine NutsGo beyond basic green beans and add flavor with fresh garlic and toasted pine nuts. The recipe is simple but the flavor is not.
Wild Rice Dressing with Roasted Chestnuts and CranberriesThe nutty, almost smoky flavor of wild rice pairs beautifully with game birds and other poultry.
Wild Mushroom and Rice TimbalesMake your rice extra-special for the holidays by pressing it into timbales—metal molds used to shape rice and custard mixtures. Ramekins, glass custard cups, or even dry measuring cups make a fine substitute.
Three-Cheese Baked Pasta“Rich and creamy” does not begin to describe this decadent baked pasta dish featuring three types of cheese, Alfredo sauce, and sour cream. This is one side dish that just might steal the spotlight from the entrée.
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apricots and BourbonIf you’re not a fan of sweet potato casseroles that taste more like dessert, this recipe is for you. The mashed sweet potatoes are subtly sweetened with a little bit of brown sugar and mellow bourbon, and accented with dried apricots.
Brussels Sprouts with Crisp ProsciuttoThis easy side dish will win raves at your holiday meal. Simply sauté steamed Brussels sprouts in a skillet with butter and lemon juice, then stir in chopped prosciutto to achieve a perfect flavor balance.
- Becky Luigart-Stayner
Roasted Potatoes with Tangy Watercress SauceDress up basic roasted red potatoes with a yogurt-based sauce featuring watercress, green onions, and fresh herbs. To save time, you can even made the sauce up to 2 days ahead.
- Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan
Sautéed Carrots with SageThis recipe makes just two servings as written, but can easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled for holiday gatherings. Since these carrots are topped with fresh sage, this dish is also a great way to use up any sage left over from stuffing your turkey.
Recipe: Sautéed Carrots with Sage
- Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross
Brussels Sprouts with Currants and Pine NutsThis elegant and popular dish calls for just nine ingredients—and three of them are butter, salt, and pepper! The rich blend of pine nuts, shallots, butter, and thyme is sure to win over even the staunchest Brussels sprouts skeptics.