During the holiday season, other than spending quality time with loved ones, and making memories, everyone knows it’s about the food. Each family has their staples – maybe Aunt Sue bakes her famous apple pie and Grandpa Tony always brings a delicious cranberry sauce. But wouldn’t it be great to find a fantastic, new recipe that will wow your guests and have them raving for weeks to come?
We have put together a list of tasty holiday side dishes that will have your guests going back for seconds…and thirds, and fourths!
We are familiar with the traditional potato, but Some the Wiser puts a new spin on this old classic with Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes, a recipe she found in Cooking With Pheeling. With both sweet and savory elements, these potatoes are sure to please any group this holiday.
Now, this dish screams fall. This Butternut Squash Risotto has such a rich, orange color and the pine nuts and fried sage give it just enough crunch and kick to push it over the flavor edge. For those who may not have had the pleasure of trying risotto in the past, it is a great alternative to pasta. Although this dish can be eaten on its own as a main course, pair it with a delicious turkey or honey ham, and you have a beautifully decadent meal.
Brussels sprouts can be one of those vegetables that we don’t try very often, not because they aren’t great, but sometimes we just don’t know what to do with them. This recipe for Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts is a perfect example of how to turn a seemingly plain veggie into a side dish with a burst of flavor. And what’s even better that the scrumptious flavor of these sprouts? All of these ingredients are available year-round.
Cheese can be such a wonderful component to almost any dish, and when paired with a great pasta, you get this. Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese is Hungry Couple‘s mouthwatering version of the classic mac ‘n cheese we know and love. With the gouda’s hint of sweetness and the crispy texture of the breadcrumbs, this is a fabulous option for any dinner table this holiday season.
Aren’t these green beans just gorgeous?! Nigella Lawson added plenty of creativity and flair to her beans when she combined them with a pistachio pesto in this recipe. So easy to make, these Green Beans with Pistachio Pesto have a new flavor that is outstanding, not to mention filled with freshness!
Whether you’re hosting a meal at your house for the holidays, or you’ll be someone else’s guest, any of these recipes will be crowd pleasers, so get in the kitchen, and start cookin’!