Show-stopping Christmas Side Dish Recipes

Just because you've settled on your centrepiece, doesn't mean you can't jazz up your festive side dishes this year. Want to revamp your sprouts? No problem. Looking for a taste bud-popping new sauce for your feast? We've got you covered. Find a new side dish to try this year with ideas for everything from squabble-worthy spuds to glorious greens. 

Sprouts: Previously the poor relation of the Christmas table, these compact little green veggies are going through quite the vogue. Serve them up in style this year with one of these five recipes. 

Crispy Tamarind Sprouts with Peanuts and Shallots from The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer 

Crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, these tasty sprouts are packed with moreish flavours, thanks to Rukmini's inventive and playful approach to easy one-tin cooking. 

 
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Squashed Brussels Roasted with Chorizo & Chestnuts from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

Indulgence is never a bad thing at Christmas time, especially when it comes to the cooking. Jamie's much-loved sprouts cooked with chorizo sausage and chestnuts make a deliciously rich side dish that will turn even the biggest sprout sceptic the other way. 

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show stopping side dishes christmas roasted carrots and Cabbage with Gochujang meera sodha east

Roasted Carrot and Cabbage with Gochujang from EAST by Meera Sodha

Gochujang is a Korean fermented red chilli paste that you'll be able to find in most Asian food stores. Add it to carrots and cabbage for a pungent, flavour-packed hit of spice, roasted until deliciously sweet and caramelised.

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Shredded Sprouts with Chestnuts and Bacon from Eat Well For Less by Jo Scarratt-Jones

For a more budget-friendly yet equally tasty way to jazz up your sprouts, try the Eat Well For Less recipe and you've got a fancy sprout dish that will have everyone asking for seconds. 

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomelo and Star Anise from Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi knows how to bring interesting flavours to any dish that just take it to the next level. Enter this recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Pomelo and Star Anise, an imaginative recipe that brings a lovely freshness to your Christmas spread. 

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Creamy Cheese, Brussels Sprout and Almond Gratin from Great British Bake Off: Winter Kitchen by Lizzie Kamenetzky

Add cheese to any dish and you know you're on to a winner, especially when it comes in the form of a wintery gratin. These baked sprouts are covered in a delicious cheese sauce, and topped with a cripsy Parmesan and bread crumb crust. 

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Sauces: Your Christmas feast isn't complete without an array of delicious, rich sauces waiting to be poured over the lot. These 3 recipes give little twists to old favourites. We're particularly enamoured by that Sourdough, Marmite and Butter Bread Sauce.

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Get-ahead Gravy Perfect for Your Big-day Turkey from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

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Sourdough, Marmite and Butter Bread Sauce from Low and Slow by Neil Rankin

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Cranberry, Port and Orange Sauce from The Modern Preserver by Kylee Newton

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Greens and potatoes Say goodbye to after-thought dishes of green veg this year. Give your green side dishes flavour and life enough to steal limelight from the turkey with one of these 3 recipes. 

Ahlam Saeid's Rainbow Roasted Vegetables from Together by The Hubb Community Kitchen

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Creamy Mashed Potato and Chard from Sabor by Nieves Barragán Mohacho

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Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Clementine and Chilli from Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson

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Crunchy Shredded Roasted Cabbage with Parmesan and Breadcrumbs from Simply Italian: Cooking at Home with the Chiappa Sisters by Michaela, Emanuela and Romina Chiappa

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Savoy Cabbage and Bacon Gratin from Perfect Host by Felicity Cloake

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Spuds So versatile, so delicious. Whichever recipe you choose, there will be squabbling over who gets the last one. 

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Hasselbacks Turkey Dripping, Blue Cheese & Crushed Hazelnut Crumb from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

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best christmas side recipes

Roast Potatoes from Marcus Wareing How to Cook the Perfect by Marcus Wareing

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Trimmings And you don't forget to give some love to the trimmings this year! Whether you want to revamp your favourite red cabbage recipe or wow with a show-stopping Fondant Swede Gratin, it's all possible. We're dribbling already. 

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Red Cabbage Crispy Smoked Bacon & Rosemary, Apple, Fennel Seeds & Balsamic from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

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Traditional Pork, Sage & Onion Stuffing from Delia's Happy Christmas

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the best christmas side recipes

Sausage and Cauliflower Bread Pudding from The Five O'Clock Apron by Claire Thomson

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Fondant Swede Gratin from NOPI: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully

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