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Christmas is one of my favorite holidays! I love to build our meal with a combination of our family favorites and new dishes. Everyone enjoys the holiday classics but it’s the way you spice them up that really adds to the festivities.
Here are some of the best unique Christmas Side Dishes to add to the big meal on Christmas. The main course is great, but the variety of side dishes is the most fun to experience. Here are 30 possibilities to add to your Christmas traditions.
34 Unique Christmas Side Dishes
Skillet Mushroom and Asparagus
This is a great low fat and low carb side dish that never lacks in flavor. The garlic, lemon zest, and thyme provide a great combination of flavors. It makes this a fantastic dish on the holiday because it tastes great with everything. This is a recipe created by My Home Based Life.
Bacon Green Bean Bundles
This is a wonderful dish that may be prepared ahead of time and then baked in the oven. When you add the sweet glaze it tasted delicious. These are fancy enough for a holiday meal or delicious enough to add on to any meal. This recipe is by Spend With Pennies.
I love to include all types of cranberries in my holiday meal. Fresh cranberries, marshmallows, pecans, pineapple and whip topping make this a sweet salad that everyone will enjoy. it is easy to make and so colorful on your holiday table. This recipe is by Flavor Mosaic.
Slow Cooker Glazed Carrots
This slow cooker glazed carrot recipe is simple but delicious. All the ingredients are placed in the crock-pot and the carrots become tender and savory. A great addition to any table during the holidays or any other meal.This recipe was created by Dinner at the Zoo.
Asiago Bruschetta Roasted Asparagus
This recipe is so filled with flavors and the Asiago cheese is a great touch. The asparagus is a little crunchy with a great basil and fresh bruschetta taste. This is a great side dish and the recipe is by Flavor Mosaic.
This little mouthful of cheesy bliss will amaze your guests. There is nothing better than a warm cheesy dough with your Christmas ham.You will want to serve these immediately out of the oven.This recipe is by Home Made Interest.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe
Using my instant pot helps so much during the holidays. Some people shy away from a risotto recipe but the instant pot makes this dish easy. The seasoning, rice and butternut squash make this dish a hit in my family every time I make it. This recipe was created by My Home Based Life.
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa, Kale, and Cranberries
A beautiful looking dish for any holiday table. The acorn squash is cut in half and baked in the oven first. Then fill with the other ingredients for a colorful dish. This healthy recipe is by 31 Daily.
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
I really enjoy roasted vegetables and the cauliflower develops such a great taste. The cauliflower becomes a bite of golden goodness with a parmesan flavor. This roasted veggie is one everyone will like. This is a recipe by Primavera Kitchen
Maple Roasted Beets and Carrots
We love roasted carrots but the maple flavor and beets add a beautiful color to a great holiday dish. When it comes out of the oven, simply add maple syrup and butter over the vegetables. Stir it and you have a colorful dish for the holiday table. A recipe from Salt and Lavender.
Grilled Eggplant and Spinach Salad
I try to provide a wide variety of fresh vegetables on the holiday because my family has all different favorites.The grilled eggplant or roasted adds such a nice texture and flavor. This recipe is by Salt and Lavender.
Chive Garlic Mashed Potatoes
It seems that mashed potatoes are always a desired side dish for the holidays. We found this great recipe for a little variety from just plain mashed potatoes. A garlic flavor with chive will thrill everyone’s taste buds. A recipe by Natashia’s Kitchen
Creamy Broccoli Bacon Bake
If you need an easy side dish start with this recipe. Broccoli and bacon together in one dish is heavenly. Add different cheeses and it is even better. The milk and spices make a creamy base. This has become a favorite side dish in our house. A recipe by Kraft Heinz Company.
Melting Sweet Potatoes
So we always need a sweet potato dish for the holidays. This recipe for sweet potato rounds is baked in the oven with melted butter until golden brown. it will make a sweet potato lover out of everyone. Top with the sweet syrup and they melt in your mouth.This recipe by Dreaming in DIY will become a holiday tradition.
French Potatoes and Onion Gratin
If you love a creamy gratin this is an amazing recipe. It has thin sliced potatoes and onion mixed together which I love. It is a creamy goodness that will please all your guests and your house will smell amazing.This is a recipe by The View From Great Island.
Signature Bacon and Cornbread Stuffing
If you like a tasty but easy stuffing recipe this is delicious and can be added to your table in minutes. The cranberries add a great color and texture. It tastes like you made it from scratch. A recipe by Kraft Heinz Company.
Cheesy Sausage and Sage Stuffing
If you are looking for a little more complex flavored stuffing this would be my choice. This is made with sourdough bread cubes and Italian sausage. The cheddar cheese in it is delightful. It is a melt in your mouth side dish that people will want the recipe for. This is a dish created by bon appetit
Homemade Baked Macaroni Cheese
We love macaroni and cheese as a great side dish and this recipe has a little kick to it with ground cayenne pepper and ground mustard. I love how creamy this recipe becomes and you can adjust the spices to your family’s tastes. I usually need to make two dishes of this recipe. This recipe was created by 31 Daily.
Christmas Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
It is great to have a light refreshing salad on the table during the holidays. I have found this recipe to be one of the best with the creamy poppy seed dressing. It has your favorite fruit flavors and is then drizzled the poppy seed dressing over the top. This recipe is from Favorite Family Recipes.
Cheesy Brussel Sprouts
If you want a new way to eat Brussel sprouts in a casserole type dish, you will want to try this.The brussels sprouts are sauteed first and then baked into a creamy goodness in the oven. It is great with the turkey or ham. It was created by Delish.
Honey Garlic Cauliflower
Fresh veggies on the table are amazing and this recipe will leave your guests wanting more. Fresh cauliflower, dredged in panko crumbs and baked until crispy sounds great. However then make an amazing sauce to pour over top. This recipe is by Delish.
Crock-Pot Baked Apples
I love the smell and taste of baked apples. It also is easy to prepare and then just allow to cook in the crockpot. It is like apple pie without the crust. If you have leftovers warm them later and add vanilla ice cream. This recipe is by the Crock-Pot Ladies.
Crock-Pot Bacon and Garlic Sweet Green Beans
Another great tasting dish to cook in the crock-pot and relax. I like side dishes that are full of flavor but simple to make. If you cook on high for the first hour it will cook your bacon. This recipe is easy to prepare ahead of time and was created by the Crock Pot Ladies.
No Knead Onion Rolls
A batch of warm onion rolls made with caramelized onions is just a melt in your mouth treat. The caramelized onions are mixed with the dough. The warm rolls will amaze you. A recipe created by The Noble Pig.
Elote-Mexican Street Corn
If you want something a little bit different on your holiday table, this is a great idea. If you can grill the corn on the cob first before cutting the kernels off, it adds a great flavor.The mixture to coat the corn and crumbled cotija cheese.is amazing. It has such a unique flavor. This recipe is by Krazy Kitchen Mom.
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
Our family loves creamed corn and this recipe is filled with great flavors. The making of homemade creamed corn is so much better than the canned variety. This slow cooker recipe is then topped with bacon and chives and melts in your mouth. This is a recipe by Dinner at the Zoo.
Classic Cranberry Sauce
We always need to have the classic cranberry sauce on the table for that touch of tradition.The orange juice and zest add a refreshing touch. It simmers on the stove until the cranberries start to pop. It surely is a classic but yummy. This recipe is by Krazy Kitchen Mom.
Roasted Vegetable Medley
Do you need something fairly simple but elegant? I like simple roasted vegetables in a wide variety. This recipe roasts zucchini, squash, red pepper, red onion, and mushrooms. The spices create a bold flavor. This recipe is from Favorite Family Recipes.
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Soy Sauce
I really like broccoli and this recipe enhances the flavor with some simple ingredients. Two heads of broccoli coated in oil and garlic and then roasted in the oven. When it comes out of the oven toss with soy sauce and sesame seeds. This is just a simple great tasting recipe. A recipe by Peter’s Food Adventures.
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Oatmeal Pecan Streusel
A recipe with little healthier ingredients as compared to the usual sweet potato casserole. I love the casserole but sometimes it is too sweet. So this recipe cuts back on the sugar. Top with the oatmeal streusel topping. They are just as tasty as the casserole. This recipe is by Joyful Healthy Eats.
Cauliflower Risotto with Roasted Mushrooms and Avocado Spinach Bake
In this recipe reducing the cauliflower to a rice-like substance and then cooking like risotto in broth is an amazing base. Then the avocado and spinach are added.The roasted mushrooms on top are what finishes the dish. This dish may take a little longer to prepare but is worth every minute. A recipe created by Recipost.
Maple Balsamic Brussel Sprouts with Hazelnuts and Rosemary
You are going to love this recipe. Brussels sprouts roasted in the oven with red onion, oil, garlic, and rosemary is a great burst of flavor. Then pour the balsamic and maple syrup glaze over top. It is easy to make but full of flavor. This is a recipe from My Darling Vegan.
Roasted Mushrooms in Brown Butter, Garlic, and Thyme
I love brown butter, then add roasted mushrooms and I am sold every time. After the mushrooms are roasted in oil and salt and pepper, the brown butter with garlic and thyme is poured over top. It makes a great side dish. This recipe was created by Closet Cooking.
Dijon Oven Roasted Vegetables
A zesty side dish with red potatoes, asparagus, red onion, and yellow squash is something a little different to serve at our holiday meal. I love the combination of the Tuscan dressing and dijon mustard. This is a recipe by Kraft Heinz Company that I think you will be making again and again.
I love trying a little bit of tradition in with some new favorites each holiday to see what our family and guests like the best. I hope you enjoy this list and decide to try several of the recipes.