Our 12 Favorite Holiday Side Dishes From Food Network
Impress your guests with these winning recipes from notable chefs.
I've never cooked a ham and should probably not be left alone with a turkey in the oven, but when it comes to side dishes, I have a black belt. One of the keys to hosting a successful holiday dinner is making sure that your side-dish mix is both creative and cohesive.
There are so many wonderful side-dish recipes floating around, it might feel a bit overwhelming choosing the perfect additions to your main entree. So we’ve scouted out our favorite recipes to give you plenty of inspiration as you begin planning our your holiday menu.
Holiday Cornbread Stuffing, Paula Deen
If you can't decide between a cornbread or a stuffing, this delicious dish is the perfect compromise. Substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock to make the dish vegetarian. Serve the stuffing with butter for an extra-rich indulgence.
Make It: Southern Cornbread Stuffing, FoodNetwork.com
Creamed Corn Cornbread, Alton Brown
This is another great cornbread variation dish. With the addition of creamed corn and buttermilk, the cornbread comes out incredibly moist and rich.
Make It: Creamed Corn Cornbread, FoodNetwork.com
Scalloped Corn, Food Network Kitchen
This delicious and creamy corn dish is likely to win over everyone at your table. The addition of cheese and buttery cracker crumbs make this dish extra rich and extra addictive.
Make It: Scalloped Corn, FoodNetwork.com
Caramelized Onion + Potato Gratin, Bobby Flay
This potato casserole-inspired dish is seriously amped up with the addition of sweet vidalia onions. This is also a cheesy one, but the fresh herbs make it feel a bit more earthy.
Make It: Caramelized Vidalia Onion and Potato Gratin With Fresh Sage, FoodNetwork.com
Cauliflower-Goat-Cheese Gratin, Bobby Flay
Tangy goat cheese makes this gratin an unforgettable addition to any table. You could also easily substitute in either potatoes or broccoli for a variation on the recipe.
Make It: Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Gratin, FoodNetwork.com
Mustard-Parmesan Whole-Roasted Cauliflower
Cauliflower is super healthy, and this big head will look fab on your holiday table. The spicy mustard adds an extra kick, and the parmesan cheese finishes it off.
Make It: Mustard-Parmesan Whole-Roasted Cauliflower, FoodNetwork.com
Mushroom + Leek Bread Pudding, Ina Garten
This bread pudding is a great alternative to a more traditional stuffing. The mushrooms and leeks pair perfectly, and the butter and cheese turn this into an ooey-gooey, delicious treat.
Make It: Mushroom and Leek Bread Pudding, FoodNetwork.com
Shoestring Fries With Truffle Aioli, Kelsey Nixon
Shoestring fries would be a great addition to a table if you were serving a roast or steak. Both kids and adults love them, and you can add some additional salt or spices to make them your own.
Make It: Shoestring Fries With Truffle Aioli, FoodNetwork.com
Parsnip Chips, Aarti Sequeira
If you have any guests who are watching their carb intake, parsnip chips are the perfect solution. They’re just as easy to make as regular fries, but they're a bit healthier.
Make It: Parsnip Chips, FoodNetwork.com
From-Scratch Biscuits, Ree Drummond
These biscuits would work great no matter what time of day you're entertaining. Serve them with fresh butter and jam at breakfast or honey and gravy at the dinner table. You could even use them to make little sandwiches at lunchtime or pair them with some fried chicken.
Make It: Biscuits, FoodNetwork.com
Garlic-Cheese Breadsticks, Ree Drummond
Chef Name: Ree Drummond Full Recipe Name: Garlic Cheese Bread Sticks Talent Recipe: Ree Drummondâs Garlic Cheese Bread Sticks, as seen on The Pioneer Woman FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, HOLIDAY/SUPER BOWL/COMFORT/HEALTHY Show Name: The Pioneer Woman Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network
Renee Comet, FoodNetwork.com
Another simple yet delicious addition to any holiday table are these cheesy, garlic breadsticks. While these would pair well with an Italian-themed holiday meal, they would work great with any menu.
Make It: Garlic-Cheese Breadsticks, FoodNetwork.com
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Pecan + Marshmallow Streusel, Tyler Florence
Save some space on your table and put one of these delicious sweet potatoes on each of your guests' plate. This sweet dish would pair well with a couple of savory options. The marshmallows almost make it feel like a dessert at dinnertime.
Make It: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Pecan + Marshmallow Streusel, FoodNetwork.com
Pear and Gorgonzola Salad Cups
Even though this appetizer looks straight out of your favorite high-end restaurant, these salad cups are so easy to make. The pear and gorgonzola combination is flavorful and filling and will have guests asking you for the recipe! Get the recipe here>>
Sweet Potato Sliders
Take your finger food appetizers to the next level with these nutritious and seasonal baked sweet potato sliders. Make these a day in advanced to save time the day of your party. Get the recipe>>