These easy side dishes will have everyone reaching for seconds, and included in this post is more variety and flavor combinations if you’re interested in trying something new. There is no need to wait for a major holiday to make these, they go along with a weeknight chicken, ham, or pork dinner too.
Let’s face the facts…
sometimes the side dishes are the best part!
Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter, delicious side dishes are always a good idea.
But don’t think twice about making some of these recipes on your weekly dinner menu as well, no need to. wait for holiday meals. I have something to go with whatever you may be serving. There is no reason not to enjoy these side dishes all year long.
I’ve compiled a great list of recipes to choose from, from vegetables to potato favorites as well as what to do with leftovers from large meals. I’ve included some great main dish items as too.
(pictured above- I baked sweet potatoes for 30 minutes, until fork-tender, peeled them whipped them with some butter and a tablespoon of brown sugar, then topped them with mini marshmallows sn toasted them under a high broiler for 2 minutes.)
- Roasted Holiday Potatoes (Russet and Sweet Potatoes)
- Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Maple Bacon Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potatoes and Onions
Green Beans (and other veggies)
(pictured- I steamed the green beans in a little water until al dente, then added some butter, salt, and pepper and freshly toasted almonds)
- Green Beans and Pomegranate Sauce
- Glazed Carrots
- Scalloped Corn
- Cranberry Brussels Sprouts
- Bacon wrapped Asparagus
- Au Gratin Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Pumpkin
- Corn Bread Pudding
Potatoes- which are believed to be America’s favorite side dish.
- Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
- Sour Cream and Onion Mashed Potatoes
- Garlic Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes
- Garlic Rosemary Skillet Potatoes
- German Potato Salad
- The BEST Potato Salad, great to make ahead for holiday meals, brunch BBQ’s and to make holiday meals easier.
- Cheesy Potato Casserole
- Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes– a great low carb recipe
- Slow Roasted Turkey (you can even roast it overnight)
- Spatchcock Turkey cooks in about half the time as usual.
- Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole
- Leftover Ham and Cheese Soup
- Leftover Ham Fried Rice
- Turkey Roll Up Casserole
- Pressed Pesto Turkey and Cranberry Sandwich
- Turkey Meatball and Mashed Potato Sandwich
and some more great recipes with chicken and turkey:
- Skillet Chicken and Stuffing is great with a side of cranberry sauce for all the thanksgiving flavor that’ll serve 2-4 people.
- Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs
- Mashed Potato Cakes, great to make with leftover mashed potatoes.
if you want my recipe for my favorite make-ahead holiday breakfast dish, it’s THIS Stuffed French Toast, you prepare it and let it sit in the fridge overnight, and bake it in the morning.
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another favorite side dish:
- Mac and Cheese a great side dish that’ll complement many meals.
- Easy Homemade Cornbread with Honey Butter
- Maybe you’ll be cooking something different or frying your turkey, these Instant Pot Baked Beans are great!
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