When preparing for relatives and friends to visit during the holidays, preparing a holiday side dish should not be burdensome. Whether you’re planning a Christmas, New Year’s, or just a get-together with family and friends, these simple make-ahead side dish recipes can help you get a head start on your hosting chores.
Root vegetables such as parsnip, carrot, beet, radish, turnip, and others are frequently forgotten on holiday side dish or meal. You can make a gorgeous, tasty, and easy spread by cutting up a mix of these vegetables, putting them in olive oil, and seasoning them with your favourite spices before roasting them.
Christmas feasts would be incomplete without a serving of mashed potatoes. Instead of prepping, peeling, and boiling them, make a batch of these fluffy garlic mashed potatoes for a dozen guests in your slow cooker. This Christmas side dish may be prepared ahead of time and cooked for eight hours in the oven.
Another flexible fall favourite is butternut squash, which may be roasted or added to a soup or stew (chopped or pureed). Butternut squash is a complex carbohydrate that is high in fibre. It has a lot of fibre as well as a lot of vitamins which makes it the best holiday side dish this season.
More potassium is found in a cup of butternut squash than in a banana. Think outside the box and purée butternut squash into mac and cheese; you won’t notice the difference and the colour will be the same. Even the pickiest child will like this entertaining recipe addition.
Roasting these tiny fellows is the best way to enjoy them (seeing a trend here). You may keep it simple by adding bacon and spices, perhaps with a drizzle of maple syrup. A basic Brussels sprouts recipe does not require as many ingredients as other casserole meals; keep it simple and let the veggies shine.
Slaw with Cherry Apples
Make your Christmas even more festive with this easy-to-prepare side dish. The sour dried cherries combined with fresh Brussels sprouts and apples provide a wonderfully tart taste as well as iconic red and green Christmas hues for your holiday table. Combine all of the ingredients with the homemade tangy Dijon dressing and set aside for up to eight hours before serving.
Stuffings With Carrots And Mushrooms
If you enjoy stuffing as much as we do, try adding carrots and mushrooms to the traditional Christmas holiday side dish. Have you jumped on the earthy shiitake mushroom bandwagon yet? This is an excellent moment to update your menu. This make-ahead side dish may be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours before baking.