The older we get, the more we realize that our friends and differently families celebrate the holidays in different ways and at different times, depending on their work and travel schedules. Sometimes people have to wait a couple days to celebrate with all of their family members so that everyone can be together for a nice dinner. We had Christmas on time this year but, because a few key people we love couldn’t be there, we’re actually having another dinner to celebrate with everyone in a few days too! That’s why, this late in the season, we’re still on the lookout for delicious side dishes that everyone will love! Because we’re having two dishes, however, we thought maybe we’d look for a few recipes we’d never tried before.
Just in case you’re still on the hunt for new recipes too, check out these 15 mouth watering side dishes that will make dinner a huge success no matter when you have it!
1. Brussel sprouts and lemon risotto
Have you long been looking for a way to get your kids (and even some of the adults in your family) to eat Brussel sprouts? In that case, we think you might be pretty intrigued by this combination side dish idea from Chowhound! They show you how to make a deliciously fragrant lemon risotto that features shredded and lightly spiced Brussel sprouts mixed in so their taste is subtle and delicious.
2. Zucchini gratin
No matter what kind we’re served, we’ve always been huge fans of gratin. There’s just something so satisfying about the lightly crunchy top layer and all the creamy, delicious layers underneath. We think they’re another great way to get your guests eating vegetables they wouldn’t necessarily put on their plate otherwise. Find out how this zucchini version is made on D-lish Food.
3. Honey maple roasted carrots with pomegranate
Maybe your family has requested the same veggies they always do, every single year, but you’ve grown bored of preparing and eating them the way you always do, so you’re looking to get a little bit experimental in a way that people will still want to eat? In that case, we definitely think you should take a look at these incredibly scrumptious carrots by The Café Sucre Farine, which are prepared with pomegranate, honey, and maple!
4. Cranberry fluff
Not every family includes a sweet side dish with their entrée and we certainly know lots of people that save recipes like this one until the dessert course, but we’ve always served some kind of “fluff” at Christmas dinner (and most other family gatherings, to be honest), so finding another version of a family classic was exciting! We tried this cranberry fluff from Real Housemoms with our family meal last year and it was a huge success.