30 Best Christmas Side Dishes to Please a Crowd

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One of my favorite parts of the holidays is, of course, the food! Whether it is a delicious Christmas morning breakfast, freshly-baked cookies while decorating the tree, or a festive cocktail. Food really makes the holidays go around.

Whether you’re having a Christmas lunch, a cosy White Christmas, a traditional Christmas dinner, or need speedy recipes that still have the wow factor, here’s a collection of my very best Christmas side dishes!

I’ve rounded up the best Christmas side dishes recipes for you to enjoy all season long.

Here you’ll find salads, potatoes, vegetables and casseroles. I’ve got the most popular side dish recipes for holiday dinners and every day!

So if you are stuck in a rut with the same side dishes every Christmas, why not take a look through this list of recipes and switch things up a bit!

Best Side Dishes to Try

1. Scalloped Gruyere and Ham Potatoes

If you can slice and layer, then you can make these cheesy, creamy Gruyere and Ham Potato Stacks.

The perfect impressive side dish of sliced potatoes coated in buttery herbs and heavy cream, stacked with layers of ham and Gruyere.

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2. Baked Tomatoes with Parmesan

This simple and cheesy snack is made with a few ingredients and 15 minutes in total. It’s the last-minute side dish or appetizer of your dreams! Unique, delicious, always a hit with guests. My best piece of advice: make extra for your inevitable midnight snack!

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3. Dutch Garlic Potatoes with Parmesan

The perfect fancy appetizer! They have incredible flavor and they’re much easier to make than you’d think. These little luxurious, buttery clouds of mashed potatoes

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4. Vegetable Tart Rosette

Thinly sliced summer vegetables are the visual star of this spiral vegetable tart. With a layer of homemade sun-dried tomato pesto and a flaky pie crust, this tart is as delicious as it is beautiful.

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5. Garlic Parmesan Broccoli & Potatoes

The easiest, flavor-packed side dish EVER! Wrap everything in foil, toss in your seasonings and you’re set!

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6. Delicious Greek Salad

A classic salad of cucumbers and tomatoes loaded with feta cheese and olives. Perfect as a side dish or as a meal on its own and ready in just 10 minutes!

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7. Asparagus & Prosciutto with Parmesan

Just has to be the best way to prepare asparagus. It only takes five ingredients!

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8. Creamed Spinach

This recipe is so easy only 20 minutes to make. It is a tried and true family favorite and I guarantee you will love it!

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9. Sweet Potato Casserole

This crowd-pleasing sweet potato casserole has both a pecan topping and a marshmallow topping for the best of both worlds!

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10. Caprese Salad

The most festive tomato mozzarella salad with balsamic reduction. Make this as an appetizer or side and you’ll be the talk of the party!

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11. Mashed Butternut Squash

Mashed butternut squash is a sweet and savory side dish that only uses a handful of ingredients and brightens up your fall/winter table.

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12. Easy Mac & Cheese

The BEST Homemade Mac and Cheese of your LIFE. Outrageously cheesy, ultra creamy, and topped with a crunchy Panko-Parmesan topping, this mac and cheese recipe is most definitely a keeper.

The recipe uses 3 different cheese and a homemade cheese sauce to take this macaroni and cheese recipe over the top.

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13. Spinach Gratin

Delicious and easy to make cheese spinach dish your entire family will love.

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14. Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

This dish is about to become your new favorite sweet potato casserole. These Scalloped Sweet Potatoes are perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or every day!

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15. Easy Sautéed Green Beans

Whip up a side of these quick and easy Sautéed Green Beans with dinner tonight. This recipe works with fresh OR with frozen green beans – a total keeper!

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16. Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These garlic mashed potatoes are creamy, comforting, and easy to make. Restaurant-style mashed potatoes are totally doable in your own kitchen!

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17. Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots

These Honey Roasted Carrots are absolutely obsessive worthy. They can be prepared entirely in advance then popped in the oven when it’s dinner time for stress free dinner or entertaining. 

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18. Brussel Sprouts & Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries

It’s one of the best holiday side dishes you’ll ever try! It’s a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve or any time you like!

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19. Garlic Butter Mushrooms

Garlic Butter Mushrooms – plump, juicy mushrooms sauteed in plenty of garlic and butter then finished off with parsley.

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20. Colorful Tomato Salad

This vibrant and flavorful salad is made with a colorful array of mildly sweet cherry and grape tomatoes, itty bitty fresh mozzarella pearls and it’s all tossed in a refreshing garlic-herb vinaigrette dressing.

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21. Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Zucchini, Squash and Tomatoes

Flavor packed! These sheet pan veggies are incredibly simple yet full of delicious flavor and make a great healthy, easy summer side dish to any meal.

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22. Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Perfect oven-roasted brussels sprouts made in just 30 minutes!

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23. Roasted Cauliflower

Oven Roasted Cauliflower is bursting with flavor, caramelized edges and the quickest side dish to every meal all made in one pan!

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24. Classic Green Bean Casserole

This Green Bean Casserole recipe is a classic holiday side dish. Tender green beans are tossed in a delicious creamy sauce with cheese and crispy onions.

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25. Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Oven roasted sweet potatoes with a caramelized crust of flavor. The trick to nailing the perfect taste and texture is easier than you think. Just grab a roll of foil because it’s going to be a game-changer.

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26. Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

Roasted Parmesan Green Beans- delicious fresh green beans are roasted with a crunchy mixture of parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs. They make the perfect side dish for any meal.

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27. Steakhouse Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Perfect Steakhouse Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes are a classic side dish. They are creamy and have a punch of garlic flavor. This recipe will make you feel like you are eating in a restaurant!

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28. Easy Spiral Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a simple dish of layered vegetables cooked until tender. We top it with fresh herbs and a splash of olive oil.

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29. Honey Butter Skillet Corn

Honey Butter Skillet Corn is an easy 15 minute side dish with frozen corn, honey, butter, and cream cheese! So creamy, sweet, and delicious.

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30. Broccoli & Cauliflower Cheese Bake

An amazingly easy and delicious side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas or any night of the week!!

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30 Best Christmas Side Dishes to Please a Crowd

30 Best Christmas Side Dishes to Please a Crowd

Check out the 30 MOST PINNED side dish recipes, perfect for Christmas!
Check out the 30 MOST PINNED side dish recipes, perfect for Christmas!

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