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Top 10 Holiday Sides

Ask everyone what their favorite part of the holiday meal is and it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll hear a list of side dishes. You can have the perfect turkey or an incredible ham, but unless you have delicious accompaniments, the holiday table may look a little sad. Whether you’re creating the meal yourself or have been assigned a vegetable, we’ve got some impressive sides to share this holiday season.

1. Spiced Apple Bake

Have you heard about our Spice ‘n Easy recipe mixes? Spice ‘n Easy was created to make homemade meals quicker and easier without sacrificing quality and flavor. Each packet includes the pre-measured spices needed to make a tasty recipe. The Spiced Apple Bake is a warm and sweet side dish that is perfect for serving as a side dish for a holiday ham.

2. Brussels & Black Garlic Gratin

How do you make brussels sprouts taste good? It's long standing question. Roasting is one option. But these Brussels sprouts with a creamy Gruyere sauce and crunchy panko topping also bring big flavor with just a few steps. The sweet earthiness of Organically Sourced Black Garlic Bulb will leave even the most brussels-skeptical guests thinking about this gratin long after the meal is over.

3. Sweet Rosemary Roasted Baby Carrots

Dishes that are simple to prepare are a must when it comes to holiday cooking. With only 5 ingredients, this recipe definitely fits the bill. It's tasty and colorful enough for a holiday feast but also easy enough for a weeknight side dish for a super-simple Slow Cooker Roast Chicken.

4. Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Your dinner guests have never had sweet potatoes like this, guaranteed! Featuring sweet citrus and rich maple, these creamy potatoes go with anything from roast turkey to baked ham to a veggie tofurky. The secret ingredient, sweet and tangy Georgia Peach Spice—takes this from “great” to “phenomenal!”

5. Cornbread Dressing

This is a simple, classic holiday side. With the classic herby flavors of stuffing seasoning (our Poultry Seasoning) and a blend of white bread and cornbread, this dressing is the perfect side for a turkey dinner. A customer submitted this holiday-inspired side and told use that it's not just for turkey though, “I make this year-round with roasted or slow cooker chicken and plenty of gravy!”

6. Herbed Mashed Potatoes

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)!

7. Capitol Hill Green Beans

We're all about giving you different ways to use one seasoning. Capitol Hill Seasoning can pull double duty in two classic holiday sides. Use it in your mashed potatoes (above) and in your green beans. Skip the casserole and keep the green beans fresh and just a bit crisp with a simmer and sauté combo. This recipe is also easily adapted to be a vegan side by using olive oil and vegetable broth.

8. Coffee Spiced Cranberry Sauce

You can't have a holiday dinner without cranberry sauce! Break out of the mold with a slight citrus twist and rich, coffee and cocoa spiked Baker's Brew Coffee SpiceIt's delicious with holiday turkey, ham, or prime rib roast.

9. Cheesy Turkey Gravy

This decadent sauce is perfect over slices of roasted or smoked Thanksgiving turkey. Spoon the gravy over turkey, chicken, or mashed potatoes. If you have leftovers (or make extra) whip up biscuits and gravy or omelets the next morning and spoon this cheesy gravy over top. It's quick, easy, and also absolutely delicious with weeknight meals like roast chicken or veggies and rice. 

10. Smoky Kale Salad

Okay, we know. When you load up your plate during Thanksgiving or Christmas, you always happen to run out of room before you get to the salad. But this year, save a little plate space for this mix of kale, onion, and fruit, with a simple dressing of Smoked Spanish Sweet Paprika, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup. “Massaging” the leaves with vinegar and a sprinkle of salt will help 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!

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