Whether you’re sticking with the traditional turkey, switching to a different joint of meat, or going vegetarian this Christmas, it’s the side dishes that will elevate your meal from a standard roast dinner to a festive feast. Our go-to guy for extra-special sides is Yotam Ottolenghi; Ottolenghi knows exactly how to bring out the best in every vegetable, and how to expertly pair ingredients to enhance and intensify their flavour. Scroll on to check out some of our favourite Ottolenghi side dishes for Christmas feasting, including not one but three flavour-packed brussels sprout recipes!
Cabbage gets the Ottolenghi treatment in this herby, citrussy gratin with layers of gruyère, ricotta and potato.
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This vibrant dish combines roasted sprouts, chestnuts, red grapes, and shallots, soaked in a mouthwatering mixture of Shaoxing rice wine, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and maple syrup for a perfectly balanced sweet and sour flavour. Brussels sprouts will never be the same again.
A truly luxurious side dish, which would work equally well as a vegetarian centrepiece, this Fondant Swede Gratin is made with butter, double cream, and Caerphilly cheese – needless to say, we firmly believe in going all out for Christmas!
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Roasting carrots brings out their natural sweetness, which is ramped up in this recipe by the addition of honey, and offset by spicy rose harissa and juicy pomegranate seeds. You can use baby carrots or carrot batons for this recipe.
Black garlic is the star ingredient in this dish, lending depth and intensity. Meanwhile burnt butter, tahini, and pumpkin seeds give the dish a rich, nutty flavour.
Not your average root vegetable mash, this flavour-packed dish involves celeriac, carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes, flavoured with cumin and maple syrup, and topped off with tender, wine-and-herb braised shallots.
A punchy salsa with miso, chives, and ginger transforms these gently poached leeks into something really special. Ottolenghi makes use of the leek tops too, deep-frying them and scattering them over the finished dish for some added crunch.
Make the most of winter’s leafy greens with this side dish of cavolo nero flavoured with chorizo, sweet smoked paprika, sour cream, and preserved lemon.
Another brussels sprout dish with a sweet/sour flavour profile, this one involves juicy segments of pomelo or grapefruit, as well as aromatic star anise and cinnamon. It’s a side dish that’s guaranteed to steal the limelight.
Squash might not be an obvious choice for a Christmas feast, but its sweet flavour makes it an excellent alternative to carrots or parsnips. Here, it’s combined with a brightly flavoured yoghurt, herb, and chilli dressing.