Holiday Side Dishes with Time Saving Tips

Our family tradition is Prime Rib and Yorkshire Pudding.
An impressive cut of beef like this deserves impressive side dishes.
A few time saving tips help get a lot of the work and clean up done in advance.

Holiday PotatoesHoliday Potatoes are perfect make ahead side dish.  A day or two in advance, cook the potatoes with the skins on, chill, peel and grate using a food processor.  Layered into a baking dish and then baked with butter and cream just before baking. Talk about a time saver!
Start the potatoes in cool water and cook gently so they cook evenly and the skins don’t split.  Chill before peeling and grating.


Cooking Potatoes 001 Tip1Does your family prefer Mashed Potatoes? They are the perfect vessel for gravy.
– The potatoes can be peeled in advance and held completely covered in cold water. – Mashed potatoes can be made in advance and held in a slow cooker set to warm or made the day before and re-heated on warm, stirring often.
– To avoid gluey mashed potatoes, use a hand masher, plenty of butter and cream.

Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding
is a savory popover.   The sides rise high and the middle sinks creating a little bowl, perfect for filling with gravy.
– The batter can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
– Bake the Yorkies while the meat is resting and being carved.
– Do NOT open the oven door while they are baking.

Gravy servingSpeaking of gravy…..
Are you gravy challenged?
I did a step by step post about making gravy.
The method is the same for beef, chicken or turkey.
Making Gravy
– Add the cooking liquid from the green beans to the gravy.

Green Beans with Bacon

Green Beans with Bacon


Everything is better with bacon!
If I didn’t make Green Beans with Bacon, the family would have me committed.
Time Saver Tip:
If using fresh green beans, clean and blanch the beans a couple of days ahead. Store in zip lock bags in the refrigerator.
Cook the bacon early in the day, wrap in paper towels.  Just before serving, a few seconds in the microwave will crisp it up.
– Onions can be chopped up to 3 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.


Glazed Carrots


Glazed Carrots add a burst of color to the plate.

Time Saver Tip:
– The carrots can be peeled and blanched a day or two in advance.  Then they only take a few minutes to finish in a saute pan, coated with a honey butter glaze.


Roasted Asparagus
 is not only delicious, best of all, it only needs 10 minutes in a hot oven.

Time Saver Tip:
– Asparagus can be cleaned in advance, placed either in a zip-lock bag or on a sheet pan lined with parchment.
– Ten minutes at high heat and it is ready to serve.


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