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32 Small-Batch Christmas Sides

These Christmas sides are perfect for a cozy holiday. Serving six or fewer, you can enjoy a taste of the season without too many leftovers.

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Granny’s Apple Scalloped Potatoes

Granny’s Apple Scalloped Potatoes

This scalloped potatoes with apples dish is delicious with breaded baked pork chops, which you could cook at the same time in another cast-iron pan. We are retired and it’s just the two of us, but you could easily double the recipe. —Shirley Rickis, The Villages, Florida

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Warm Apple & Pistachio Spinach Salad

Warm Apple & Pistachio Spinach Salad

I’m really not a salad person, but this unusual salad is actually worthy of bringing to a dinner party or even eating by itself. It’s also super quick and easy to make. —Justine Kmiecik, Crestview, Florida

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Shaved Brussels Sprout SaladTaste of Home

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

The first time my friends tasted my new side dish, they said it was phenomenal. The longer you let it chill in the fridge, the more tender the sprouts will be. —Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado

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Pressure-Cooker Lemon Red PotatoesTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Lemon Red Potatoes

Butter, lemon juice, parsley and chives enhance this simple side dish. I usually prepare these potatoes when I’m having company. Since they cook in the pressure cooker, there’s plenty of room on the stove for other dishes. —Tara Branham, Austin, Texas

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Glazed Spiced Carrots

Glazed Spiced Carrots

Glazed carrots are a classic side dish for all kinds of special occasions. They're the perfect accompaniment for all kinds of main entrees. This recipe is very easy to put together, leaving your oven and stove top free for other cooking creations. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Walnut Cranberry OrzoTaste of Home

Walnut Cranberry Orzo

I came up with this delightful side dish after becoming fascinated by the tiny pasta. With red pepper, cranberries, walnuts and Parmesan, it’s as colorful as it is flavorful. —Judith Comstock, Salado, Texas

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Lemony Green Beans

Lemony Green Beans

You can throw together this dish in minutes using ingredients you probably already have on hand. That’s the beauty of it. —Jennifer Tarantino, Rutherford, New Jersey

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Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Buttery Mashed Potatoes

These creamy, buttery mashed potatoes use simple ingredients. The tricks are to use Yukon Gold potatoes and then to warm the cream and butter before adding them to the potatoes. —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Hearty Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon DressingTaste of Home

Hearty Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

This warm, hearty spinach and bacon salad offers comfort at any meal. The glossy dressing features a hint of celery seed for a special touch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Crunchy Bacon Blue Cheese Red Pepper Brussels SproutsTaste of Home

Crunchy Bacon Blue Cheese Red Pepper Brussels Sprouts

This is my family’s absolute favorite dish on my holiday table. What’s not to love with the mixed aroma of garlic, onions, bacon, and blue cheese floating through your home? —Jana Gooding, Carlsbad, California

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Mashed CauliflowerTaste of Home

Mashed Cauliflower

This is our choice for a side dish that’s lower in carbs than mashed potatoes but just as flavorful and satisfying. I suggest garnishing it with chopped green onions. —Tina Martini, Sparks, Nevada

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Maple & Bacon Glazed Brussels SproutsTaste of Home

Maple & Bacon Glazed Brussels Sprouts

For special meals, here’s a fantastic side dish that even children will love. The sweet maple syrup and smoky bacon complement the Brussels sprouts perfectly. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois

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Vegetable and Barley PilafTaste of Home

Vegetable and Barley Pilaf

Hearty, colorful, easy and fast were the reviews we gave this good-for-you dish. Barley has a healthy amount of soluble fiber, which aids digestion. And it can help to lower cholesterol, too! You can easily substitute other fresh veggies you have on hand. —Jesse Klausmeier, Burbank, California

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Pretty Duchess PotatoesTaste of Home

Pretty Duchess Potatoes

Comfort-food flavor comes in attractive packages that are just the right size! This recipe is a favorite Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving menu idea. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Maple-Glazed Green Beans

Maple-Glazed Green Beans

After I picked my first green beans one year, I wanted to make a savory dish that was unique, quick and packed with flavor. I loved this so much I couldn’t stop eating it, so the next day I picked more beans and made this delicious side dish again. —Merry Graham, Newhall, California

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Amber’s Sourdough StuffingTaste of Home

Amber’s Sourdough Stuffing

All my kids and grandkids absolutely love this sourdough stuffing, but especially my daughter-in-law, Amber. I usually make a big batch at Thanksgiving so I will have leftovers for my husband. But this recipe is perfect for two. —Kathy Katz, Ocala, Florida

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Hasselback Sweet PotatoesTaste of Home

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

My family and friends love the warm, inviting flavors of the luscious citrus butter, smooth cream cheese, sweet dates, fresh sage and toasted pecans that are captured in every bite of these delicious sweet potatoes. —Brenda Watts, Gaffney, South Carolina

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Kale Quinoa SaladTaste of Home

Kale Quinoa Salad

Here’s a holiday side dish you can feel good about serving. Kale packs a mighty punch of vitamins, while quinoa delivers a hearty serving of protein. Best of all, the flavor of this kale quinoa salad can’t be beat! —Lisa Warren, Washington, DC

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Texas Garlic Mashed PotatoesTaste of Home

Texas Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These creamy potatoes get their flavor burst from garlic and caramelized onions. Their savory goodness makes any meal better. —Richard Markle, Midlothian, Texas

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Garlic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mustard SauceTaste of Home

Garlic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Sauce

Don’t be afraid to bring out the Brussels sprouts. Mellowed by roasting and tossed with mustard sauce, they may just delight even the most skeptical folks. —Becky Walch, Orland, California

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Slow-Cooker Praline Sweet PotatoesTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Praline Sweet Potatoes

I had a house full of relatives and was short on cooking space. I used the basic idea of the traditional sweet potato casserole and adapted it for the slow cooker. It’s been a huge hit ever since! —Joanna Stanforth, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

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Fennel Salad with Citrus DressingTaste of Home

Fennel Salad with Citrus Dressing

My family really enjoys crunchy fennel, which pairs well with citrus vinaigrette. The salad makes a nice addition to any meal.—Denise Elder, Hanover, Ontario

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Herb-Buttered Baby CarrotsTaste of Home

Herb-Buttered Baby Carrots

The herb butter can be used for everything from vegetables to roast chicken, turkey, game hens—let your imagination be your guide.—Sandra Corey, Caldwell, Idaho

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Simple Orange-Glazed BeetsTaste of Home

Simple Orange-Glazed Beets

In our house, we prefer our beautiful red beets served simply—with a touch of butter and a hint of orange from a marmalade glaze. —Mary Beth Jung, Hendersonville, North Carolina

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Hasselback Butternut SquashTaste of Home

Hasselback Butternut Squash

Squash makes the perfect holiday side dish, especially when it’s Hasselback butternut squash! The thin slits cut into each half allow the butter, maple syrup, brown sugar and ground chipotle mixture to get in every single nook and cranny. This is one side that everyone at your holiday table will be excited to gobble up! —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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Celeriac & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Celeriac & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

My family can’t get enough of this comforting fall favorite, especially at Thanksgiving. I love the addition of the celeriac. Its mild celery flavor pairs well with the garlic and potato. —Lynelle Martinson, Plover, Wisconsin

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Sweet-Sour Red CabbageTaste of Home

Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage

The first time I bought a red cabbage, I didn’t quite know what to do with it. After some experimenting, I came up with this recipe that’s now my fall comfort food. As a side, it’s compatible with a variety of meat entrees, but I especially like it with a pork roast or chops.—Karen Gorman, Gunnison, Colorado

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Baked Butternut SquashTaste of Home

Baked Butternut Squash

Take advantage of fabulous fall produce and roast this scrumptious side. Lightly seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, this is my favorite baked butternut squash recipe—it could almost be dessert! —Heidi Vawdrey, Riverton, Utah

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Orzo with Parmesan & BasilTaste of Home

Orzo with Parmesan & Basil

Dried basil adds its rich herb flavor to this creamy and delicious skillet side dish that’s table-ready in just minutes! Thanks to Anna Chaney of Antigo, Wisconsin for sharing her recipe.

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Sage Dressing

Sage Dressing

This moist, hearty sage stuffing is nicely seasoned with sausage and fresh mushrooms. Sometimes I use it to stuff my Thanksgiving turkey and other times I bake it separately. —Betty Kay Sitzman, Wray, Colorado

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Acorn Squash SlicesTaste of Home

Acorn Squash Slices

Roasted acorn squash slices are a favorite with my family. This recipe has a sweet maple flavor from syrup and an appealing nuttiness from pecans. It’s easy, too, because you don’t have to peel the squash. —Richard Lamb, Williamsburg, Indiana

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Red Potatoes with BeansTaste of Home

Red Potatoes with Beans

You can serve this homey blend of fresh green beans, potato wedges and chopped red onion hot or cold. Either way, this easy side dish makes a pleasing accompaniment to Mom’s meat loaf or almost any other meat. —Daria Burcar,
Rochester, Michigan

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.

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