Our 12 Favorite Holiday Side Dishes From Food Network

Impress your guests with these winning recipes from notable chefs.

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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

Cornbread Dressing with Pancetta, Apples, and Mushrooms

Photo by: Tara Donne, FoodNetwork.com

Tara Donne, FoodNetwork.com

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

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz, FoodNetwork.com

Matt Armendariz, FoodNetwork.com

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

Scalloped Corn

Photo by: Armando Rafael, FoodNetwork.com

Armando Rafael, FoodNetwork.com

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

Photo by: Matt Armendariz, FoodNetwork.com

Matt Armendariz, FoodNetwork.com

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.

Cauliflower-Goat-Cheese Gratin, Bobby Flay

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CAULIFLOWER_GOAT_CHEESE_GRATIN

Photo by: Bobby Flay, FoodNetwork.com

Bobby Flay, FoodNetwork.com

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

Food Network Kitchen's Whole Roasted Mustard Parmesan Cauliflower For Vegan & Vegetarian Thanksgiving as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson, FoodNetwork.com

Stephen Johnson, FoodNetwork.com

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

Photo by: Rich Freeda, FoodNetwork.com

Rich Freeda, FoodNetwork.com

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

Photo by: Kelsey Nixon, FoodNetwork.com

Kelsey Nixon, FoodNetwork.com

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

Photo by: Aarti Sequeira, FoodNetwork.com

Aarti Sequeira, FoodNetwork.com

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

Ree Drummond's Buscuits for Kidswap Sleepover as seen on Food Network's The Pioneer Woman

Photo by: Alice Gao, FoodNetwork.com

Alice Gao, FoodNetwork.com

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

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ReeDrummond_GarlicCheeseBreadSticks_H

Chef Name: Ree Drummond Full Recipe Name: Garlic Cheese Bread Sticks Talent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s 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

Photo by: Renee Comet, FoodNetwork.com

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

Photo by: Tyler Florence, FoodNetwork.com

Tyler Florence, FoodNetwork.com

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.

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