15 Swanky Holiday Side Dish Recipes

Our list of swanky holiday side dishes will help you to find the perfect pairings for the showstopping main that you’ve worked so hard on. Glam gratins, bewitching Brussels sprouts, classic cauliflower, and even more sophisticated sides await.

French Onion Potato Gratin

Upgrade your potato gratin with a little French onion flair. Layers of mushrooms and onions are slipped between potatoes and it all gets covered in cheese.

Ina Garten's Caramelized Shallots

Shallots take on a dulcet, docile personality when slowly coaxed to a caramelized brown. Easy to make. And easygoing by way of going well with just about anything.

Rosemary Buns with Olive Oil

Light and fluffy, with a gorgeous crust and a chewy interior, these buns are brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with rosemary and sea salt.

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

"They will make converts of Brussels sprouts haters and Brussels sprouts lovers will scarf them down like candy!" That's what we're hearing about these lovely little crucifers. We couldn't agree more.

Aligot ~ Pommes Aligot

“By far, the best potatoes I've made and eaten in my life.” That’s the kind of thing we’re hearing from those who’ve tried this showstopper of a recipe.

Butternut Squash Gratin

"One of the best things I’ve EVER made." "Beautiful." "Comforting." "Delicious." "Easy." That's what folks are saying about this simple and satiating casserole.

Broccoli Rabe with Balsamic Brown Butter

Think you don't like broccoli rabe? Think again. We defy you to try this butter-blasted kin to broccoli and not be converted.

Baked Mushrooms, Broken Bread

An effortless, elegant side that takes inspiration from two enduring entertaining icons: the stuffed mushroom and Thanksgiving stuffing.

Fennel Baked in Cream

Fennel turns meltingly tender and oh so sweet when slowly, slowly, slowly braised in cream, cheese, and butter. One more reason to be enamored with the holidays.

Roasted Cauliflower with Jalapeño and Capers

Roasted cauliflower has been the darling of the veggie world for a while. But this version goes beyond with jalapeños, capers, lemon, and parsley. Roasted cauliflower 2.0.

Walnut, Fennel, and Pomegranate Salad

A quick salad doesn't have to be boring. Bitter greens, tossed with crunchy walnuts, salty cheese, and tangy pomegranate sounds pretty exciting, doesn't it?

Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Pancetta

A keto-friendly side dish that takes Brussels sprouts to a whole new level. The addition of pancetta and walnuts make those crisp little sprouts truly tasty.

Pomegranate Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese

This beet and goat cheese side dish brings bright flavors and colors to your table, easily. Creamy, tangy, sweet, and earthy, it's all here.

Chanterelle Mashed Potatoes

With the chanterelles definitely the alpha ingredient, this earthy mash is a phenomenal thing if you're into mushrooms.

Green Beans with Browned Butter and Almonds

If regular green beans aren't cutting it anymore, give this elegant yet easy side dish a try. They're full of flavor and look impressive, too.


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