6 Side Dishes for Your Holiday Feast

It’s time to start preparing a holiday feast that’ll keep the spirits of all your family high. While dishes like mashed potatoes and deviled eggs are a must, there are plenty of side choices that’ll give you a chance for something new while leaving room for the usual favorites. Anna Franklin takes us on a holiday side adventure featuring winter ingredient staples that’ll have your guests begging for the recipe!

Pan-Roasted Carrots with Tahini Sauce

Sheet Pan roasted carrots served on a black tray with Tahini sauce

Carrots are great in the cold weather, plus, they’re easy to store. But, they can also be a little bland when just steamed. Try something different by roasting carrots on a sheet pan in olive oil for that perfect texture. Then, add some zesty flavor with tahini, roasted pepitas, ground sumac, and lime juice.

Crispy Butter Beans with Whipped Chèvre

Crispy Butter Beans with Whipped Chèvre - a delectable side dish featuring Goat Rodeo’s fresh chèvre cheese

Find your new favorite way to enjoy butter beans with a crispy outside shell and a creamy chèvre cheese accompaniment. This recipe is great for a last-minute addition to any meal, but it especially compliments a ham entrée. 

Crispy Artichokes with Lemony Breadcrumbs

Crispy Artichokes with Lemony Bread Crumbs - a delicious savory dish with Western PA-based DeLallo Foods artichoke hearts

Made of ingredients you probably have in your pantry at all times, these savory gems can bring a salty accent to poultry or a Seven Fishes main. These beauties are simple to make, too. Just take artichokes and dredge them in plenty of butter, panko bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese for a crunchy bit of deliciousness.

Roasted Wild Mushrooms and Potatoes with Chimichurri

Roasted Wild Mushrooms and Potatoes with Chimichurri served in a black tray with a black background

What makes this vegan-friendly side dish extraordinary is the chimichurri sauce you can make days ahead. This makes it so that you don’t have to rush the day of. The sauce’s well-balanced combination of herbs, heat, and acid transforms the staples of mushrooms and potatoes into something positively gourmet. 

Roasted Pears

roasted pears with toppings served on a black textured tray

Here’s a side dish that’s savory, cheesy, and just plain delectable. These Roasted Pears make for an Instagram-worthy dish that your guests won’t be able to resist. And, don’t worry — if you have a blue cheese hater in the family, you can opt to use grated Manchego or Beemster Gouda with cumin seeds, instead.

Roasted Garlic with Cheesy Bread

Roasted Garlic with Cheesy Bread

Who doesn’t love the goodness of roasted garlic? This Cheesy Bread lets you scrape up every bit of gravy or sauce so you don’t miss a single drop. Not to mention, the roasted garlic can be added to bites of turkey or roast beef for extra flavor.

Story by Kylie Thomas / Recipes by Anna Franklin / Photography by Dave Bryce

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