It’s totally possible to keep your stress level under control and still create a delicious meal. Here are seven easy holiday side dish recipes to help you do just that.
There’s something about holiday meal preparation that just seems synonymous with stress. Maybe it’s cooking for relatives you only see a couple times a year, or maybe it’s the pressure to create perfect memories on a day that only comes around once a year. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t have to be that way.
You can prepare mouthwatering, memorable meals for your guests while keeping your blood pressure in check. The trick is to choose dishes that are deceptively easy and crowd-pleasingly delicious. All of the recipes gathered here fit that criteria; now searching for the perfect dish is one less thing you have to worry about this holiday season.
Easy Ranch Roasted Carrots
These are the complete opposite of the mushy, flavorless carrots that are often served at holiday meals. They’re tender but still crunchy. The roasting adds a delightful carmelization, and the ranch seasonings are subtle, but present.
Twice-Baked Potato Casserole
This casserole combines everyone’s favorite baked potato toppings in a hot, cheesy dish of goodness. It’s loaded with sour cream, cream cheese, bacon, garlic, cheddar cheese, and more.
Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits
Skip the finicky yeast rolls this year and opt instead for these biscuits. The dough couldn’t be easier to put together, and they’re brushed with butter, oregano, and garlic powder.
Parmesan & Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Red potatoes are boiled and then tossed with Parmesan and garlic and roasted to develop a cheesy crunch in every bite. You might want to triple- or quadruple- the recipe.
Garlic Green Beans
Does anyone eat green bean casserole anymore? I have to confess, I’ve never had it, but I can’t imagine it being more appealing than these green beans when they’re tossed in garlic and olive oil and roasted to a tender, crunchy bite.
Homemade Five Cheese Macaroni & Cheese
This is one of my all-time favorite recipes, so naturally, I think it deserves a spot at the holiday table- any other table, for that matter. In reality, this dish is hearty and filling and crowd-pleasing, which are all must-haves for a good holiday side dish.
Parmesan & Panko Crusted Baked Vegetables
This is a perfect side dish to accommodate your friends and family who don’t love vegetables. Green beans and asparagus are breaded with panko and Parmesan and roasted until tender, resulting in crunchy baked vegetable fries. Even my vegetable-hating husband begrudgingly admitted to liking this recipe.
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What are your traditional holiday side dishes?
Kiara Catanzaro says
All of these photos and recipes are making my mouth water! Even if I don’t try one of them for Thanksgiving, I’ll just add them to regular meals throughout the year. Those carrots and the potatoes are really calling my name. Commenting via The Blogging Elite from blissfullybrunette.com!
Thanks, Kiara! The carrots are a great easy weeknight recipe. You’ll have to let me know what you think!
GiGi Eats says
I am making myself my own little T-Day feast this year, so I am taking note of ALL these recipes! 😉
Thank you! I have to especially recommend the twice-baked potato casserole. You can freeze what you don’t cook to eat, and the leftovers are ah-mazing!