Christmas Side Dish Recipes

Try these Christmas dinner side dish ideas! For potato side dish recipes try our whipped horseradish mashed potatoes, sweet potato gratin, or Martha's mashed potatoes with cream cheese. Also try our baked eggplant parmesan, chicken tetrazzini, classic lasagna, or green bean and artichoke recipes. We even have healthy Christmas side dish recipes.

Staff Picks

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3.6 stars
Instant potatoes from the box can't compare to this homemade version.

Green Beans with Crispy Oven-Fried Onions

Rating: 3.43 stars
For this modern take on green-bean casserole, we quickly steam-sauté the beans and finish them with lemon juice and zest. The steamed beans keep their toothsome bite and still get a sprinkle of that classic fried onion topping. 

Simple Stuffing

Rating: 3.21 stars
Drying the bread cubes and cooking the vegetables a day in advance helps this stuffing come together quickly on Thanksgiving Day. This stuffing was created to accompany Herb-Rubbed Turkey.

Baked Potato Slices

Rating: 3.53 stars
Serve these elegant, thyme-seasoned potato slices with our Striped Sea Bass with Blood Oranges and Olives.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3.19 stars
This classic potato dish is always on everyone's favorites list for a Thanksgiving side.

Sour-Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3.76 stars
These spuds get their sublime texture from a mix of butter, heavy cream, and sour cream. All the fluffy creaminess you desire, with baked potato flavors to boot—sour cream adds tang, and chives lend brightness. Another bonus, you can make them up to two days ahead and reheat them before serving.

Sausage Pear Stuffing

Rating: 3.13 stars
Firm pears such as Bosc or Anjou stand up well to baking and make a delicious foil for Italian sausage in this sweet-and-savory stuffing.

Scalloped Oysters

Rating: 3.16 stars
Choose fresh, briny oysters that are small or medium in size.

Creamed Onions with Sage

Rating: 3.32 stars
You can make the bechamel sauce three days ahead (let it cool completely before refrigerating). The onions can be cooked, peeled, and refrigerated overnight. Heat the onions and sauce together over low heat before serving.

Quick Dumpling Dipping Sauce

Keep a bag of frozen dumplings on hand and mix our tasty dipping sauce while you heat them -- they make fine hors d'oeuvres for last-minute holiday visitors, or a light, easy dinner with steamed vegetables or rice.

Yukon Gold and Sweet Potatoes Anna

Rating: 2.98 stars
Sweet potatoes give the classic French sliced-and-layered potato dish pommes Anna a fall twist. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Vegetables" (Clarkson Potter).

Inspiration and Ideas

Chestnut-and-Sausage Stuffing

Rating: 3.46 stars

Filled with roasted chestnuts and sweet Italian sausage, this recipe is the ideal stuffing for a Thanksgiving feast.