Holiday Side Dishes

No matter if you are serving prime rib, pork roast, turkey or ham for your holiday dinner, the parade of side dishes are as important  as the entree.  Maybe you have been asked to bring a dish to share, you might want to consider one of these family favorites.

Glazed Carrots


Glazed Carrots  Besides their vibrant color, I like these because the carrots can be peeled and blanched in advance.  Then they only take a few minutes to finish in a saute pan, coated with a honey butter glaze.

Green Beans with Bacon

Green Beans with Bacon



Green Beans with Bacon
In our family these are required.  I use organic frozen green beans from Costco. Fresh green beans are great too, but when making these for a crowd frozen green beans really speed up the preparation time.
I made 5 pounds of green beans for our gathering this past weekend and there wasn’t a single bean left.


Holiday Potatoes


Holiday Potatoes  While mashed potatoes are much appreciated these rich and wonderful potatoes are a wonderful holiday treat.  They go especially well with ham, although in my family they go well with everything.  The best part is that these can be prepared ahead of time, the butter and cream are added just before baking.


Chef John's Twice Baked Potatoes


Chef John’s Twice Baked Potatoes  Another great make ahead potato dish.  I love Chef John’s technique for making these.  Another reason I like these is portion control.  One potato per person and I make a couple of extras for unexpected guests.  These can obviously be customized to suit your families tastes.


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Chef John’s Perfect Mashed Potatoes   I don’t actually use a ‘recipe’ for mashed potatoes but if you have had mashed potato problems this is a great recipe and it does have a video attached which shows some good tips to produce light, fluffy and lump free mashed potatoes.


Marianne's Blue Cheese dressing


My Favorite Blue Cheese Salad Dressing   I absolutely love Marianne’s Blue Cheese salad dressing.  For me, beef and blue cheese are a match made it heaven.  I love a green salad with red pears, dried cherries, sweetened pecans and a little red onion.




Yorkshire pudding


Yorkshire Pudding  A tribute to my British family  – Yorkshire pudding is another requirement, especially with prime rib. These are savory popovers not at all what Americans consider a pudding.   Serve along side a nice roast with plenty of gravy or au jus.



I hope you all have a joyous holiday surrounded by friends and family and wonderful food made with love.

About Baking Nana

Each morning my granddaughter Sarah calls to ask, “Watcha doing, Nana? Are you baking Nana?” Hence my “name” Baking Nana. I am a mother to three wonderful children and a grandmother to 12 very hungry grandkids. I don’t bake fancy cakes but I do make wonderful yeast bread and home cooked meals made with love.


Holiday Side Dishes — 8 Comments

  1. Merry Christmas, Baking Nana!
    Thank you for your recipes for green bean bundles wrapped in bacon. They were great to look at and to eat!

  2. Yummy sides in deed! CJ’s mashed potatoes are just like mine but I add a whole lot more pepper and we LOVE lumps! LOL. And beans w/ bacon? OH YEAH!! MERRY CHRISTMAS Penny family!

  3. I was thinking of doing carrots for our holiday dinner tomorrow night. I was able to pick up some little ones at a farmer’s market that will be perfect–tender little ones. I’m liking the looks of those Holiday Potatoes! I’ll be making those when we do our Honeybaked Ham dinner on New Year’s Day. Thanks for including the salad dressing! It’s always a winner in my camp! Very nice and very timely post, Baking Nana!

    • Hi Marianne! I just love those little fresh carrots, lucky you! Delish! As for your salad dressing, Thank YOU! It is just perfect and I can’t imagine finding a better recipe. The potatoes will be perfect with your Honey Baked Ham. Thanks so much for stopping in! Merry Christmas.

    • Thanks for stopping in! My family just loves mashed potatoes – I made 10 pounds of mashed potatoes last Saturday and there were NO leftovers. Same with the green beans! You just can’t beat those tried and true recipes. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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