5 Unique Christmas Dinner Side Dishes

Everyone knows that Christmas dinner is about the main course: The delectable turkey, the sumptuous hams, the buttery and delicious roast chicken. Okay, it's pretty obvious why. But playing second fiddle to the key heavyweights are those unsung heroes...

shutterstock_119686234Everyone knows that Christmas dinner is about the main course: The delectable turkey, the sumptuous hams, the buttery and delicious roast chicken. Okay, it's pretty obvious why. But playing second fiddle to the key heavyweights are those unsung heroes known as sides. No dinner is complete without side dishes, so we thought we'd give a few Christmas dinner sides to help your Christmas dinner be the best it can be.

Creamed Spinach and Parsnips

Not everyone likes spinach, but that's most likely because they have only had it boiled with salt and/or butter. This recipe takes the green tasting spinach, pairs it with tartly, sweet tasting parsnips and adds some much needed creaminess. The result is a duo of vegetables that won't disappoint but isn't just your run-of-the-mill "garden" variety dish.

Spicy Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli is a very versatile vegetable, and this recipe is proof of just how nimble it can be. It takes halved broccoli stalks and coats them with pepperoni infused bread crumbs then bake. The pepperoni gives the greens the kick they need without overpowering them with spice, and the crispiness of the bread crumbs add a wonderful texture that makes them fun to eat. Add a little mustard for dipping and your side is complete.

Broccoli
Broccoli

Creamy Double Mashed Potatoes

Double mashed in this recipe doesn't mean you mash them twice, it actually alludes to the fact that there are two kinds of potatoes being used: sweet and red. It is both delicious, savory, and sweet all rolled into one. Mix this one up and no doubt you will have people asking for it nest Christmas.

Ranch Roasted Potatoes

Our fan favorite the tuber makes another appearance on the list, but this time with a good friend: ranch. Ranch and potatoes go together like, well ranch and potatoes, and this recipe really highlights their companionship. All you need is some potatoes, some ranch, and an oven and you'll be in business.

Roasted Potatoes
Roasted Potatoes

Spinach-Apple Salad With Maple-Cider Vinaigrette

Kick up your salad level a ton with this healthy and fun recipe. Again, like the earlier spinach recipe, the addition of apples and maple provide a much needed sweetness to the bitter-tasting spinach green, and the protein in the pecans almost make this a dish unto itself. Try feeding it to any non-salad eater and see if it doesn't change their mind.

Christmas Side Salad - Apple Spinach
Christmas Side Salad - Apple Spinach

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