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Christmas Side Dishes

Delight guests and complete your meal with these flavorful Christmas side dishes. Find recipes for stuffings, salads, casseroles, potatoes and more side dishes to serve this holiday.

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Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

Since asparagus is so abundant here come spring, I like to put it to great use with this recipe. We all look forward to this side dish each year.—Vikki Rebholz, West Chester, Ohio

Whipped Squash

Whipped Squash

Whipped Squash

This is an excellent way to serve one of the season's most delicious vegetables—butternut squash. Its rich flavor and golden harvest color really come through in this smooth vegetable side dish. —Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas

Contest-Winning Hot Fruit Compote

Contest-Winning Hot Fruit Compote

Contest-Winning Hot Fruit Compote

“This sweet and colorful fruit compote is perfect with an egg casserole at a holiday brunch. It can bake right alongside the eggs, so everything is conveniently done at the same time,” notes Joyce Moynihan in Lakeville, Minnesota.
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Crown Roast of Pork with Mushroom Stuffing

Crown Roast of Pork with Mushroom Stuffing

Crown Roast of Pork with Mushroom Stuffing

It looks so elegant that everyone thinks I really fussed when I serve this roast. But it's actually so easy! The biggest challenge is to remember to order the crown roast from the meat department ahead of time. My family loves the succulent pork and savory bread stuffing. -Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania

German Red Cabbage

German Red Cabbage

German Red Cabbage

Sunday afternoons were frequently a time for family gatherings. While the uncles played cards, the aunts prepared wonderful German treats such as this red cabbage. Oftentimes there wasn't enough room for everyone at the dining table, so the grown-ups and babies ate first. My cousins and I would hang around waiting for our turn, hoping there'd be plenty of food left.

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Remember whipping up potatoes at the last minute before holiday meals? Never again! These are the most delicious mashed spuds we've ever tasted - but best of all, you can make them the day before the feast.

Scalloped Portobello & Cauliflower

Scalloped Portobello & Cauliflower

Scalloped Portobello & Cauliflower

When scalloped potatoes feel ho-hum, jazz things up with cauliflower and portobello mushrooms. We serve it with rolls and a light salad. —Donna Noel, Gray, Maine

Sweet & Sour Brussels Sprouts

Sweet & Sour Brussels Sprouts

Sweet & Sour Brussels Sprouts

This side dish has a nice sweet-and-sour balance, and bacon adds a tasty accent. Sprout lovers will definitely approve of this flavorful treatment. —Barbara McCalley, Allison Park, Pennsylvania

Twice-Baked Creamy Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Creamy Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Creamy Sweet Potatoes

“Everyone loves twice-baked potatoes but they're even better made with sweet potatoes! The microwave helps turn ordinary potatoes into a dish fit for a holiday.” —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Apricot-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Apricot-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Apricot-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

I usually serve this as a side dish with poultry or pork. As the wonderful aroma wafts through the house, I'm always asked, "Is dinner ready yet?" So don't be surprised if your gang comes to the table extra-hungry.

Bacon-Onion Green Beans

Bacon-Onion Green Beans

Bacon-Onion Green Beans

I threw together the recipe to give some color to the plate. I knew all the relatives liked green beans, so I added onion, bacon, tasted sesame seeds and a little vinegar for a nice tang.—Karen Darrell, Wood River, Illinois
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