21 Best Christmas Side Dishes That Are Irresistible

by Carole John

1. Potato Leek Au Gratin

Christmas side dishes

This recipe is easy and quick to make, juicy and delicious to have on your table. Potato leek au gratin can be made ahead of Thanksgiving. The ingredients are readily available and coated with butter making a simple but mouth licking. Ingredients include russet potatoes, grated gruyere cheese, leeks white and green, minced chives, whole milk, and butter. Full recipe at The Modern Proper. 

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2. Roasted Brussels sprouts With Squash

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Brussels sprouts bring out a perfect flavor when roasted in caramel. The vegetable ingredients, brussel sprouts, and butternut squash, can cook evenly together. This combination of ingredients makes a perfect crispy, delicious vegetable side dish for your guests and family during Christmas. The main ingredients include butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, dried cranberry, Dijon mustard, and red wine vinegar. Find the full recipe at A beautiful plate. 

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3. Green Beans Casserole

This is an excellent homemade green bean casserole made of fresh green beans, distinguishing it from canned beans. To enjoy the best out of this recipe, ensure the casserole is freshly baked.

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This casserole is nutritious, rich, favourable, and fit for vegetarians; therefore highly recommended for a side dish. The main ingredients for this recipe include; fresh or frozen green beans, butter, flour, chicken or vegetable stock, nutmeg, and digon mustard, among others. Full recipe at The Modern Proper. 

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4. Pull apart Cheese Bread

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This is one of the best side dishes for your table during Christmas. It is easy to make, delicious, and pleasant to your guests and family. This recipe is a quick fix to consider for your family, and it only takes 45 minutes to prepare. It can be served alongside other dishes as an appetizer and a snack. Only three ingredients are needed: round sourdough bread, prepared pesto, and shredded Mozzarella cheese. Get the full recipe at The Pioneer Woman. 

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5.Classic Sausage Staffing

Christmas side dishes

This recipe makes Christmas enjoyable and memorable for your guests and family. It’s easy to make and can also be made on time. The recipe requires straightforward ingredients, including ground Italian sausage, French bread, butter, eggs, celery, fresh sage, rosemary, thyme, yellow onions, and chicken broth. Find the full recipe at The Modern Proper.

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6.Mashed Potato Bar

This is the best side dish to cater to all your guests, especially the picky eaters. This recipe offers your guest several topping options instead of the usual mashed potatoes. It is convenient because it can be made earlier and reheated when serving. The ingredients are; potatoes, butter, cream cheese, chicken stock, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. Find more ingredients and the full recipe at Southern Living. 

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7. Sweet Potato Casserole

This is a sweet delicious side dish perfect for a Christmas ceremony. The sweet taste of sweet potatoes, combined with herbs and nuts, makes a very nutritious dish.

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It’s a perfect autumn meal and can be served with green bean casserole, stuffings, or even mashed potatoes. The main ingredients include; sweet potatoes, extra virgin olive oil, unsweetened almond oil, fresh sage leaves, oats, and walnuts. Find the full recipe at Love and Lemons.

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8. Dairy-free Creamed Corn

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This is a very easy and simple dish for your guests and family. It requires only a few ingredients but leaves your guest satisfied, especially corn lovers. Bacon is used in place of dairy to make creamed corn adding more flavors to the meals. The three main ingredients are; corn, bacon, and green onions. Full recipe at The Modern Proper.

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Source: The Modern Proper

9. Mashed Cauliflower

This is a perfect vegetable side dish to serve alongside a Thanksgiving meal. Cauliflower is a healthy, low-carb vegetable, flavorful and easy to prepare. It takes 20 minutes to make, and therefore it’s a solution to a quick-fix dish and allows you ample time with your guests and family. This recipe’s ingredients are cauliflower, olive oil, garlic cloves, and fresh herbs. Full recipe at DOWNSHIFTOLOGY. 


10. Honey Glazed Carrots

Easy Christmas sides

This colorful dish is perfectly fit for your Christmas. It’s hearty, crunchy, sweet, and flavorful with a savory taste. It’s attractive and fit for kids. It is easy and fast to make, takes 25 minutes, and leftovers can be stored in the fridge or frozen to be taken later. The main ingredients include; carrots, honey, garlic cloves, melted butter, cinnamon, ginger, garnished with parsley and thyme. Full recipe at DOWNSHIFTLOGY.


11. Mac and Cheese

This dish is tasty and a meal for all, loved by kids and adults. Macaroni, combined with other ingredients like bacon, lobster, fried chicken, and cheese, makes a flavorful dish. It’s an easy and all-time meal for families. The main ingredients include; macaroni, whole milk, butter, cheddar cheese pepper, and paprika. Find the full recipe at Insanely Good Recipes.

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12. Ranch Chopped Salad

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A salad will never go wrong with any meal; it’s a great and perfect accompaniment. This recipe is easy and quick to make, allowing more time with your guests and family. The combination of bacon, vegetables, buttermilk, and cheese makes the salad flavorful and delicious. It can be served with any steak dinner or as a barbecue. The main ingredients include; bacon, mayonnaise, tomatoes, parsley, sour milk and buttermilk, and shredded cheese. Find more ingredients and full recipe at The Pioneer Woman. 

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13. Creamed Spinach

This is an easy-to-do dish as it takes less time and energy. It does not require an oven to make it and the ingredients needed are readily available. It’s rich in nutrients, very healthy and it’s best served with any protein like salmon, chicken, or turkey. The leftover spinach can be stored safely in the fridge for up to 3 days. Ingredients include; fresh or frozen spinach, butter, and oil, green onion, whole milk, cream, pepper, and minced garlic. Find the full recipe at Two Cooks in the Kitchen. 

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14. Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Broccoli is a renowned traditional vegetable of all times and can be used to make a perfect Christmas dish. Baked with cheese, milk, mustard, and some seasoning brings out the most delicious meal.

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It can be served alongside Turkey, chicken, pork, and almost all meals. The ingredients include; fresh broccoli florets, yellow onion, minced garlic, whole milk, cheddar cheese, and butter crackers. Full recipe at Southern Living

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15. Lentil White Bean Pilaf

This is a perfect Thanksgiving side dish for your family and guests. It’s yummy, hearty, delicious, and vegetarian-friendly. It can be served as a side dish alongside most dinner meals. The recipe is easy to make and takes a short time; hence it’s a convenient choice. The main ingredient includes lentils, grain rice, baby portobello mushrooms, and canned beans. Make use of extra cooked lentils to make this dish. Find the full recipe at Taste of Home. 

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16. Oyster Kimchi Stuffing

This is a unique yet delicious, flavorful meal for your guests. It’s a great choice that everyone, including children, will enjoy. Combining oysters and kimchi creates the perfect taste that will leave everyone asking for more. The ingredients needed are; kimchi, oyster, and oyster liquor. Minced garlic, chicken stock, ground cloves, thyme leaves. Find more ingredients and the full recipe at Lady and Pups. 

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17. Asparagus Casserole

This recipe is so easy to make yet so delicious and a perfect way to include vegetables in your meal. It’s a crowd-pleaser, and more so, the kids will love it and keep coming for more. Its creamy nature makes it irresistible at any time.

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You can also make it gluten-free by customizing the ingredients used, and it can be served with almost every meal. The ingredients include; asparagus, mushroom, milk, yogurt, basil, and spices. Find full recipes at Well Plated.

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18. Fried Cabbage

This is a quick fix for your Christmas side dish. To add more flavor, saute the cabbage and add bacon and mustard. This can be used as an accompaniment to all meals and takes less time to prepare. Only a few ingredients are needed to make this sweet, savory side dish: cabbage, bacon, onions, paprika, and mustard. Full recipe at DOWNSHIFTOLOGY. 

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19. Crisp Apple Salad

Vegetable Christmas side dishes

Apples, besides being fruits can be used to make a delicious side dish for your Thanksgiving crowd. This recipe uses few ingredients but is rich in nutrients and flavour. The combination of apples and candied pecans makes the salad stand out and brings out the sweet taste. The ingredients include; crisps, tart apples, candied pecans, mixed greens, cheese crumbles, and dressing variations. Find the full recipe at a couple cooks. 

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20. Twice Baked Candied Sweet Potato

This is a sweet, perfect side dish for Christmas Make it before time to create time for your guests and have a hassle-free day. Baked sweet potato combined with a topping of marshmallows will make a finger-leaking, mouth-watering dish for everyone to enjoy. Try this and make Christmas memorable. The ingredients are; sweet potato, butter, salt, marshmallow, and nuts. Full recipe at Better Homes & Gardens

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21. Wild Mushroom Gallate

Christmas side dishes

Are you short of time and in need of a quick side dish? This is a superb choice. It’s easy to make yet a perfect dish for your guest. It can be served alongside salad or even breakfast. The flavors from the ingredients and the cremes will leave your guest craving more. The simple ingredients are; wild mushrooms, minced chives, shredded gruyere cheese, flour, butter, fresh thyme leaves, and minced flat-leaf parsley. For the full recipe visit The  Modern Proper

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