5-Star Holiday Sides

These top-rated seasonal side dishes are easy to prepare and perfect for holiday entertaining.

  • Gingersnap Sweet Potatoes

    Gingersnap Sweet Potatoes

    Swap 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 Pudding
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

    Tee's Corn Pudding

    This classic recipe has a rich, soufflé-like texture without the hassle. The result is an impressive holiday side dish the entire family will love.

  • Christmas Ribbon Salad

    Christmas Ribbon Salad

    We took one of our favorite congealed salads and added cream cheese to make a pretty pink layer perfect for the Christmas buffet.

  • Garlic Mashed-Potato Gratin

    Garlic Mashed-Potato Gratin

    Make garlic mashed potatoes company-worthy by topping them with butter and chives and baking in a gratin dish until golden.
  • Roasted Cipollini Onions
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Katie Stoddard

    Roasted Cipollini Onions

    Roasting brings out a rich, mellow flavor in these Cipollini, or wild, onions. Serve them as a side dish alongside roasted meats or with a vegetarian holiday menu.

  • Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish
    Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

    Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish

    This sweet-tart cranberry-orange relish is a simple and delicious addition to holiday menus.

  • Sherried Green Beans and Mushrooms
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Sherried Green Beans and Mushrooms

    Make your holiday green bean dish elegant by cooking the beans with an exotic mushroom blend and stirring in sherry and fresh herbs.
  • Sweet-Potato Gratin
    Ray Kachatorian

    Our Best Holiday Sides

    Holiday 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 Nuts
    Photo: Mikkel Vang

    Garlicky Green Beans with Pine Nuts

    Go 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 Cranberries
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams

    Wild Rice Dressing with Roasted Chestnuts and Cranberries

    The nutty, almost smoky flavor of wild rice pairs beautifully with game birds and other poultry.
  • Wild Mushroom and Rice Timbales
    Jan Smith

    Wild Mushroom and Rice Timbales

    Make 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

    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 Bourbon
    David Prince

    Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apricots and Bourbon

    If 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 Prosciutto
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Brussels Sprouts with Crisp Prosciutto

    This 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.
  • Roasted Potatoes with Tangy Watercress Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Roasted Potatoes with Tangy Watercress Sauce

    Dress 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.

    Recipe: Roasted Potatoes with Tangy Watercress Sauce

  • Sautéed Carrots with Sage
    Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

    Sautéed Carrots with Sage

    This 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

  • Brussels Sprouts with Currants and Pine Nuts
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross

    Brussels Sprouts with Currants and Pine Nuts

    This 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.

    Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Currants and Pine Nuts

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