Hosting a holiday dinner got you stressed? The main dish is usually easy to decide – ham, beef roast, or turkey. But the holiday dinner side dishes may be a little trickier. Maybe you are lucky enough to have family recipes passed from generation to generation, but if you don’t and need some inspiration try one of these 15 easy and amazing holiday side dishes! We’ve got all the fixings for your holiday table – potatoes, vegetables, and bread!
Hosting a gathering? Check out these tips on how to plan a holiday dinner.
Best Potato Holiday Side Dishes
Buttery Garlic Mashed Potatoes
This recipe is holy grail status for mashed potatoes. They’re creamy, smooth, flavorful, and 100% delicious. If you serve mashed potatoes at your holiday meal, you need to use this recipe and really wow your guests.
Get the recipe: Buttery Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Also called party potatoes, funeral potatoes, or hashbrown casserole, these cheesy hashbrowns are as easy to make as they are delicious.
Get the recipe: Cheesy Hashbrowns
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Baby Potatoes
It’s cheesy, it’s garlicky, and it’s 100% perfect for the holiday table. This flavorful baby potato side dish pairs well with any main entreé and is sure to be a hit at your gathering.
Get the recipe: Roasted Garlic Parmesan Baby Potatoes
I know potato salad is usually served at summer BBQ’s, but it is also a quick and easy holiday side dish that you can prepare the night before. You know the oven is going to be busy cooking the meat, so make the holiday dinner a little easier with a simple potato salad.
Get the recipe: Potato Salad
Easy Vegetable Holiday Side Dishes
Green Bean Casserole
Love it or hate it, green bean casserole is a holiday staple. It’s not fancy, but it is simple and a holiday dinner classic.
Get the recipe: Classic Green Bean Casserole
Instant Pot Sweet Carrots
Free up room in your oven and bust out your pressure cooker for this simple sweet carrot recipe. Made with just brown sugar, butter, and carrots, this recipe couldn’t be easier (or more delicious!)
Get the recipe: Instant Pot Sweet Carrots
Baked Acorn Squash
Sweet, savory, and only 3 simple ingredients in this recipe. If you have room in the oven this holiday, cook up this simple baked acorn squash for a delicious holiday side.
Get the recipe: Baked Acorn Squash
This recipe couldn’t be easier. Take broccoli straight from the freezer, add your seasoning, and roast in the oven. Violá! An easy side dish for your holiday meal.
Get the recipe: Roasted Broccoli
Incredible Holiday Bread Recipes
These semi-homemade biscuits made with just 5 ingredients and ready in under 15 minutes are perfect for the holidays. Similar to the Red Lobster biscuits, these are sure to be a hit at your holiday table. Make the night before the big day and gift yourself more time with family.
Get the recipe: Cheese Biscuits
Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits
Like the idea of cheese biscuits, but want them to have a kick? Add jalapeno slices and pepper jack cheese in this 6-ingredient biscuit recipe.
Get the recipe: Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits
Depending on where you’re from, cornbread is an absolute staple at your holiday meal. Skip the pre-made mixes and try this homemade cornbread recipe. It’s incredible. You can thank me later.
Get the recipe: Homemade Cornbread
Cinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread
Yes, sweet potato bread is a thing. Yes, it is delicious. Is it a dessert or is it a side dish? You decide. This sweet and savory bread recipe is perfect for your holiday celebration. Make it the night before for a delicious twist on sweet bread for your holiday meal.
Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Bread
Or, if you want plain bread for your holiday meal, try this easy and delicious homemade French bread recipe. Sure you could buy a loaf of bread from the store, but nothing beats homemade and your house will smell amazing!
Get the recipe: Homemade French Bread
This beer bread is always a hit at my house. Skip the premade packaged version and make your own with 5 simple ingredients and just a few minutes of prep. Then just bake in the oven and you have homemade bread that took less than 5 minutes to throw together.
Get the Recipe: Beer Bread
These simple 6-ingredient ranch crackers are a staple at our holiday table. Whip up a batch a day or 2 before the big event and set them out for guests to munch on while the meal is cooking.
Get the recipe: Ranch Crackers
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