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 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
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.