5 Side Dishes for the Best Holiday Dinner

While main courses like roast beef or ham may be the star of your holiday menu, you’ll also need some delicious side dishes to go with them. Think Thousand-Layer Duck Fat Potatoes, Potatoes au Gratin, and Raclette-Gruyère Mac and Cheese with Pickled Shallots. You’ll be able to fill your table with more than 20 options. Continue reading for additional of our preferred holiday dinner side dishes.

Greg DuPree Reem Kassis tops fried cauliflower with toasted nuts, pomegranate arils, and yogurt that has been flavored with lemon and garlic. She was inspired by her mother’s much richer fried eggplant salad.

Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Christine Keely Stir-Fried Greens with Chile and Garlic Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Christine Keely These tender, spiced greens paired with numbing Szechuan peppercorns are a versatile side dish that can complete any meal. The recipe can also be made with chrysanthemum greens or spinach if you don’t have access to amaranth.

This Raclette gruyere macaroni and cheese has a rich flavor from Gruyère and a lush creaminess from Raclette. It was inspired by älplermagronen, or Alpine farmers’ macaroni. With applesauce, traditional versions of this dish are served; as a sign of approval for that flavor play, we’ve added a few shallots that are immediately salted in apple juice vinegar to adjust the messy lavishness.

Caitlin Bensel These bundles of crisp, tender haricots verts are wrapped in salty speck and glazed with date molasses. They go well with duck or beef. Date molasses must be cooked down to a glaze consistency because it is thinner than standard molasses; Reheat gently if it sets up too much.

Maw Maw B’s Candied Yams Despite its name, this caramelized treat made of three ingredients uses canned sweet potatoes rather than yams. Find out more about the differences between yams and sweet potatoes.) The “candied” component of this recipe is taken very seriously by Bernadette Provost, who is referred to as Maw Maw B within the sugarcane farming Provost family. Sweet potatoes have a candy-like flavor and are easy to prepare and eat. They are best served with vegetables lightly seasoned or bread-heavy sides.

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