These top-rated seasonal side dishes are easy to prepare and perfect for holiday entertaining.
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.
The gingersnaps add a little bite to this top-rated side and perfectly complement the potatoes' sweetness.
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
Go beyond basic green beans and add flavor with fresh garlic and toasted pine nuts. The recipe is simple but the flavor is
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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
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
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