Top 10 Holiday Sides307
with Ashlee Redger
Test Kitchen Chef
Holiday Meal Side Dishes Thanksgiving
Ask anyone what their favorite part of a holiday meal is and it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll hear a long list of side dishes. You can have the perfect turkey or an incredible ham, but unless you have accompaniments that rock, the holiday table may look more than a little sad. Whether you’re creating the meal yourself or contributing to a potluck, we’ve got some impressive sides to share this holiday season. (Pictured above: Sweet Roasted Root Vegetables)
Have you heard about our new line of Spice ‘n Easy’s? Flavored with ground Mulling Spices, the Spiced Apple Bake recipe packet makes a warm and sweet side dish that is to die for when served alongside ham.
Dishes that are simple to prepare are a must when it comes to holiday cooking. These Brussels sprouts with a creamy Gruyere sauce and crunchy panko topping brings big flavor with just a few steps. The sweet earthiness of Organic Black Garlic will leave your guests thinking about this gratin long after the meal is over.
Chop, drizzle, season, and serve. This combination of veggies offers a gorgeous dish with straightforward flavors. To complement the sweeter vegetables, use Georgia Peach Spice or Park Hill Maple & Spice. For a more savory side, use Barnegat Bay Butcher Rub, which balances warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves with salt, pepper, and garlic.
Your dinner guests have never had a sweet potato casserole like this, guaranteed! The white sweet potato mash is super creamy with almost a custard-like texture. The topping—made with crispy bacon, sweet onion, pecans, dried cranberries, and Georgia Peach Spice—takes this casserole from “great” to “phenomenal!”
Once you’ve had a moist homemade cornbread like this one, you’ll never go back to the boxed mix again! It merges sweet creamed corn, Cinnamon Sugar, and cheese to create not only a great addition to the dinner plate but also an easy post-holiday breakfast when served with a thin spread of softened butter.
Mashed potatoes are the ultimate classic holiday side dish. This recipe is super traditional, with heavy cream and butter to add creaminess. The twist? Sprinkle in a few tablespoons of an herby blend for a more complex flavored mash. We’re not picking any favorites…but Capitol Hill Seasoning absolutely works magic with mashed potatoes (shhh, don’t tell the other seasonings)!
Southern food is such a staple of American cuisine—when you sit down at the dinner table, you’ll make want to make sure it’s represented on your plate! These greens are seasoned with Pyramid Peak Lemon Pepper and balsamic vinegar to add a little tang and sweetness. Those flavors, plus garlic, a little Crushed Red Pepper, and smoky bacon, make eating your greens so much better.
Who said holiday food has to be unhealthy? Break the mold of Thanksgiving salads with this mix of fresh veggies, chewy grains, and a yogurt dressing. Season it with your choice of garlicky Mt. Olympus Greek Style Seasoning or lemony Mt. Eolus Greek Style Seasoning.
Spice up typical gravy with this simple recipe that can be made with chicken, turkey, beef, or even veggie stock. Chimayo Chorizo Sausage Spice lends heat while diced roasted jalapenos provide a hint of smokiness. Want the flavor without so much spiciness? Finish the gravy with a dash of cream to mellow it out and add another layer of flavor.
10. Smoky Kale Salad
Okay, we know. When you load up your plate during Thanksgiving or Christmas, you always just happen to run out of room right before you get to the salad. But this year, save a little plate space for this mix of kale, onion, and fruit, dressed with Smoked Spanish Sweet Paprika, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup. “Massaging” the leaves with vinegar and a sprinkle of salt will help to neutralize that signature kale bitterness. Since sweet, ripe peaches can be hard to find during the winter, substitute pomegranate seeds or sliced apples for a sweet bite. This salad packs in a lot of surprising flavors!
Want to share your favorite holiday or everyday side dish with us? Submit a recipe! Tell us about your favorite food traditions in the comments below and have a wonderful holiday season.