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

Baked Potato Slices

Rating: 3.5 stars 114
Serve these elegant, thyme-seasoned potato slices with our Striped Sea Bass with Blood Oranges and Olives.

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.

Carrot Puree

Rating: 4 stars 48
All it takes is a sprinkling of salt and pepper to enhance the earthy flavors of the carrots in this simple side dish.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3 stars 668
This classic potato dish is always on everyone's favorites list for a Thanksgiving side.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3.5 stars 493
Instant potatoes from the box can't compare to this homemade version.

Potatoes Anna

Rating: 3.5 stars 330
This classic French dish can be baked up to eight hours ahead. Let it cool completely, then cover loosely with foil, and refrigerate. To serve, reheat in a 350-degree oven.

Crispy Potato Roast

Rating: 3.5 stars 691
The thinner the potatoes are cut, the crispier they'll become in the oven.

Italian Seafood Salad

Seafood is a must for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian Christmas Eve tradition. This salad with squid, shrimp, mussels, and crab is a delicious way to kick off the meal.

Whole-Grain Skillet Cornbread

Pull out your cast iron for this Thanksgiving stalwart: It's the key to a perfect crust.

Turnip and Potato Mash

Rating: 3 stars 57
Serve this peppery replacement for mashed potatoes alongside seared steak.

Braised Potatoes

Rating: 3.5 stars 43
Braising maximizes the potatoes' flavor and ensures that they're perfectly tender. Serve this alongside our Crisp Mustard-Glazed Chicken Breasts.

Pickled Lady Apples

Rating: 4 stars 13
Pickled Lady apples not only are decorative but also serve as bracing companions toricher dishes.

Inspiration and Ideas

14 Family-Friendly Christmas Casserole Recipes
Get in the holiday spirit with these savory mains and sides.
20 Years of Living: The Best Christmas Side Dishes
Some say side dishes are the true stars of the holiday table. Complete your meal with a selection of sweet (and for sweeter ideas this Christmas, download our complete holiday cookie guide) and savory sides from 20 years of Martha Stewart Living.
Healthy Mashed Potatoes

This perennially popular side dish is often so laden with butter and hot cream that the flavor of the potato gets lost in the mashing. Our rendition derives its velvety texture from butter and skim milk, plus one secret ingredient.