Easy, Inexpensive Sides
Recipe Cutting back on costs for holiday meals doesn't mean you have to cut back on flavor. Users raved about this budget-friendly dish. Baby carrots get a savory treatment with a dynamic pan sauce made with fresh ginger, cilantro, lime rind, lime juice, and a little salt. The result is a delicious side dish that brings bright color and flavor to the table.
8 of 17Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Broccoli with Cheddar Sauce
Broccoli with Cheddar Sauce Recipe Spare your oven a casserole and serve steamed broccoli with an over-the-top pan sauce made with ingredients you likely already have on hand. The white sauce, made with milk and cheese, gets a punch of flavor from spicy Dijon mustard and fresh thyme.
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Chili-glazed Sweet Potatoes
Chili-glazed Sweet Potatoes Recipe Bringing bold flavor to the holiday table doesn't have to mean using expensive gourmet ingredients or a lot of time. Keep the day-of preparation of this recipe to a minimum by baking the sweet potatoes up to a day ahead. Then simply reheat and top with a red pepper jelly sauce flavored with red wine vinegar. Bring out the rich flavor of the sweet-and-spicy sauce with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and a drizzle of lime juice, added just before serving.
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Spinach with Lemon and Currants
Spinach with Lemon and Currants Recipe Skip the salad course and bring the greens to the main menu. Wilt spinach, then drizzle with a lemon and butter sauce flavored with dried currants, sugar, and ground nutmeg. It's the perfect complement to a savory turkey and gravy main dish.
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Rustic Applesauce Recipe The height of simple side dishes, this mashed apple recipe calls for about 10 minutes of prep time, plus a little more after they bake for mashing. Use a potato masher for coarse texture or a blender for a smoother sauce. If you forget to pop these in the oven in time for dinner, don't worry—they taste just as delicious as a dessert.
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Corn and Parsnip Cakes
Corn and Parsnip Cakes Recipe Serve a flaky pancake reminiscent of a corn fritter made from corn and parsnips, a root vegetable. Boil the parsnips, then combine with corn, flour, milk, sugar, and eggs in a food processor and pulse until combined. Cook the batter on a hot skillet and serve warm for a crispy on the outside, soft on the inside veggie treat.
13 of 17Photo: Karry Hosford
Lemony Green Beans
Lemony Green Beans Recipe If green bean casserole isn't on your menu, incorporate the tasty veggies in a different way with this top-rated recipe. Steam the beans, then toss with lemon juice and olive oil to give them a rich, tasty flavor guaranteed to set these beans apart.
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Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes
Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes Recipe Mashed potatoes are always a great budget-friendly option, but they don't have to taste like it. Lavish the spuds with a hearty dressing of buttermilk, milk, salt, and pepper and serve piping hot. If you'd rather make the dish ahead of time, follow our simple instructions and chill the dish for up to two days. Then simply bake and serve.
15 of 17William Dickey; Lisa Powell Bailey
Sautéed Green Beans and Pears
Sautéed Green Beans and Pears Recipe Skip the usual peas-and-carrots dish and serve a delicious tart-and-sweet recipe instead. Combine steamed green beans with pears sautéed in butter, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar. The result is a sweet-and-savory dish sure to be picked as a repeat for next year's holiday table.
16 of 17Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Cari South
Lemon Rice Recipe Dress up a simple rice side dish by adding garlic and lemon rind for a bright punch of flavor. Cook the rice in chicken broth to add rich flavor and upgrade this side from standard to sensational.
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Recipe Our users raved about this top-rated recipe that calls for only two ingredients, plus a little salt and pepper to taste. Fry cabbage in bacon drippings, then top with crumbled bacon and serve. Make it your own by adding a favorite seasoning, like cayenne pepper or garlic salt.