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. 

Order your copy of Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook here.

 

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

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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COLOURFUL VEG 

Bring some vibrant colour to your Christmas dinner with these alternative sides.

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

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

An array of colourful veggies make up this dish, with Brussels sprouts, beetroot, potatoes, squash, red pepper, carrots and parsnips flavoured with oregano and chilli. This pairs perfectly with roasted meats and veggie mains. 

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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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best christmas side recipes Red Cabbage from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

Red Cabbage from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

With crispy smoked bacon, rosemary, apple, dried prunes, fennel seeds and balsamic, this red cabbage recipe isn't just any red cabbage recipe. Make this the day before and simply reheat it in a pan.

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GREENS

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 three recipes.

best christmas sides Creamy Mashed Potato and Chard from Sabor by Nieves Barragán Mohacho

Creamy Mashed Potato and Chard from Sabor by Nieves Barragán Mohacho

Garlicky chard, super-creamy mash (made with cream, butter and oil!) and a rich gravy to pour on top, this is on the right side of luxurious for Christmas dinner.

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the best christmas side recipes Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Clementine and Chilli from Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson

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

With a chilli and clementine dressing, this ultra simple side is a festive way to serve up greens. 

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Crunchy Shredded Roasted Cabbage from Simply Italian by Michaela, Emanuela and Romina Chiappa

A novel way to serve up cabbage and a great side to a Christmas roast. Here the Chiappa sisters, top their cabbage with breadcrumbs and Parmesan, and roast it in the oven for deliciously cheesy, crunchy results.

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SPUDS

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

 

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

Hasselbacks from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

Hasselbacks are made by slicing multiple times through the potatoes, without going all the way through – this makes them wonderfully absorbent of flavour and amplifies their crispiness. Cooked with turkey dripping and thyme, and served with melting blue cheese and a crushed hazelnut crumb, these are to die for.

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

For top-notch, perfect roasties this Christmas, follow Marcus Wareing's foolproof guide. They work everytime.  

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Jansson's Temptation from Table Manners: The Cookbook by Jessie Ware & Lennie Ware

This traditional Swedish Christmas dish of creamy potatoes and anchovies is pure indulgence. Jessie and Lennie insist that you needn't be put off by the anchovies as they melt away and add such wonderful flavour. Bake with breadcrumbs for a crunchy topping.

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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 three 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 from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

Save yourself the stress and make your gravy a few days, or even weeks in advance. Jamie uses chicken wings here to make a rich, flavoursome gravy that you can either fridge or freeze before reheating it in the turkey tray on the big day. 

Buy your copy of Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook here.

best christmas sides bread sauce sourdough marmite

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

This revolutionary twist on traditional bread sauce pairs the deep, rich flavours of sourdough and yeasty marmite for a real boost. 

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

"This is fresh, tart and boozy with a lovely orange-scented aroma", says Kylee Newton of this insanely good homemade cranberry sauce. It's so easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes. 

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EXTRA TRIMMINGS

Don't forget to give some love to the trimmings this year! Whether you want a classic stuffing recipe or wow with a show-stopping Fondant Swede Gratin, it's all possible. We're dribbling already. 

the best christmas side recipes Sausage and Cauliflower Bread Pudding from The Five O'Clock Apron by Claire Thomson

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

This savoury bread and butter pudding teams sausages and cauliflower. Boosted with fennel, Dijon and garlic and baked until crisp and bubbling, this hearty side has real wow factor. Keep it veggie by leaving out the sausage and adding mushrooms if you like.

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best christmas side recipes Fondant Swede Gratin from NOPI: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully

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

Cabbage and swede are given a boost in this show-stealing side, cooked in plenty of butter and baked with mild, crumbly Caerphilly cheese, cream and a herby lemony crust. If you want to get ahead and prepare this in advance, take it up to the point where the gratin is due to go in the oven and just bake it half an hour before you are ready to serve.
 

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