Side Dishes for a Traditional Christmas Dinner

Don't stop at the holiday ham -- share the spotlight of your traditional Christmas dinner with these favorite side-dish recipes. Classic bread stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, bright salads, and cozy root vegetables are just the start of our guest-approved main-dish pairings.

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    Potato-Apple Gratin

    Goes Best with: Pork Tenderloin

    This holiday season, share a delicious meal of fork-tender pork with your family and friends. Pair the lean meat with cheesy gratin that's brimming with tart Granny Smith apples and savory crisp-cooked bacon.

     

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    Orange- and Balsamic-Glazed Tricolor Carrots

    Goes Best with: Beef Brisket

    Give tribute to those you cherish with a platter of beautiful tricolor carrots. A balsamic glaze flavors the golden root vegetable, which proves a hearty companion for tender beef brisket.

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    Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Goes Best with: Cornish Game Hens

    It's hard to find a meal that doesn't go well with mashed potatoes, but we're especially fond of this garlicky blend with golden roasted game hens. The petite chickens can be adjusted to fit the number of diners on your holiday guest list.

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    Roasted Root Vegetable and Wilted Romaine Salad

    Goes Best with: Duck

    The key to getting everyone to eat their veggies? Roast them! This cooking method caramelizes the natural sugars in vegetables such as the carrots, beets, and parsnips in this winter salad. The deep, rich flavors pair well with duck meat.

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    Classic Bread Stuffing

    Goes Best with: Deep-Fried Turkey

    Turkey and stuffing go together like, well, turkey and stuffing. Try deep-frying your holiday bird for super succulent slices of meat, then serve with our classic bread stuffing that can be prepared in your slow cooker.

     

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    DIY: Homemade Bread Cubes for Stuffing

    Take the guesswork out of classic Christmas stuffing with our easy tips for cutting, drying, and storing bread cubes. Bonus! We'll help you select the best bread that results in a delicious, flavorful holiday side dish.

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    Mushroom Fricassee with Fresh Herbs

    Goes Best with: Roasted Chicken

    Fricassee is a cooking method in which meat or, in this case, fresh mushrooms are sliced, sauteed, and served with a white wine sauce. The seasonal side dish proves a worthy topping to rich roasted chicken, but can also be paired with polenta or tempeh for a vegetarian Christmas entree. 

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    Broccolini with Peas and Seared Lemons

    Goes Best with: Roasted Goose

    Roasted goose is a rich, buttery dark meat, so keep the rest of your Christmas menu light and refreshing. A trio of greens -- including broccolini, peas, and Swiss chard -- brightens the main dish with tart citrus slices. 

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    Easy Focaccia Casserole Bread

    Goes Best with: Pot Roast

    Get the goodness of those endless restaurant bread baskets with this crumbly focaccia recipe. The bread can be made in a standard casserole dish in no time with fast-rising yeast. Use it to sop up any remaining sauce from your Christmas pot roast.

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    Beet, Fennel, and Apple Slaw

    Goes Best with: Roast Turkey

    Use simple, fresh ingredients like apples and oranges to add a pop of color to your holiday buffet and contrast succulent golden turkey. Beets and jicama join the fruit in a white balsamic vinaigrette for this citrusy side dish.

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    Roasted Green Beans with Beets, Feta, and Walnuts

    Goes Best with: Lamb Chops

    Root vegetables, such as beets, are particularly good candidates for roasting because they can stand the high heat without losing their shape. Cook them with green beans, then add your choice of toasted nuts and crumbled cheese. The red-and-green vegetable side makes an elegant starter for tender lamb chops.

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    Wild Rice Dressing

    Goes Best with: Baked Salmon

    The grainy nuttiness of wild rice fuses with flaky baked salmon for holiday perfection. Fresh mushrooms stud the dressing with earthy, meaty dimension.

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    Easy Parmesan-Fennel Rolls

    Goes Best with: Beef Tenderloin

    Fennel seeds add signature Italian flavor to beef tenderloin when used as a rub, and also add variety to your bread basket. These simple dinner rolls get their start as frozen dough and can be prepared up to 3 days in advance of your Christmas dinner.

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    5 Must-Know Tips for Baking Quick Bread

    Quick breads are a favorite holiday side dish, thanks to their lack of yeast and, thus, shorter prep time. Master the easy recipe with our tips on how long to stir, how to grease the pan, and more!

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    Cauliflower "Couscous"

    Goes Best with: Roasted Pork Loin

    Roasted pistachios contribute color, crunch, and delicate flavor to this faux-grain salad. Balance the mild taste of roast pork loin with crumbly cauliflower and two types of tart dried fruit. The holiday side salad is ready in under an hour, plus it's gluten-free!

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    Meringue-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

    Goes Best with: Baked Bone-In Ham

    The humble sweet potato reaches new culinary heights when topped with our easy homemade meringue. Pair it with another Christmas classic, succulent baked ham, and you've got yourself a can't-lose holiday dinner combination.

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    Skillet Scalloped Corn

    Goes Best with: Brined Turkey

    Serve up a cozy dose of comfort with this extra-easy scalloped corn. The vibrant one-pan veggie side dish is ready to serve in just 15 minutes, and its cheesy sauce makes a gooey alternative to your turkey's gravy.

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    Brussels Sprouts Casserole

    Goes Best with: Beef Rib Roast

    Say hello to your new favorite holiday side dish. Buttery Brussels sprouts get a gourmet update with a sprinkle of shredded Asiago cheese and crisp pancetta. Pile the creamy casserole high next to a steaming slice of beef rib roast -- you won't regret it. 

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    Beat the chaos of the holidays with a delicious, hearty casserole recipe (or two). Casseroles are easy to make ahead, and you can save the leftovers for dinner the next day. We've picked our favorite cozy casseroles so there's something for everyone, including cheesy pasta bakes, classic tuna casserole, and green bean creations.
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