Choosing your main course is the easy part when it comes to planning a holiday menu. Adding vegetable side dishes that complement your entree is a little bit more of a challenge. Here are 15 of our favorite holiday-friendly vegetable recipes, many of which can be made ahead.
Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Shallots - Oven-roasting green beans gives them a slight sweetness that pairs perfectly with the sautéed shallots and toasted walnuts in this versatile side dish.
Green Beans and Tomatoes Oreganata - An Italian-inspired side dish of green beans and diced tomatoes topped with buttered crumbs and grated parmesan cheese.
Maple Roasted Acorn Squash w/Winter Fruit Compote - These buttery, oven-roasted acorn squash filled with a sweet winter fruit compote make a delicious side dish to serve with baked ham, roast pork or turkey.
Southern-Style Green Beans - Slow cooked with smoky bacon and sweet onions, these Southern-style green beans are sure to become a family favorite.
Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon - Brussels sprouts glazed with maple syrup and tossed with together with sauteed onion and chunks of bacon are a great side dish to serve with roast duck, chicken, turkey or pork.
Buttered Peas and Parsnips - This simple twist on classic peas and carrots makes an easy and versatile side dish.
Creamy Braised Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Walnuts - Fresh brussels sprouts braised in cream and combined with toasted walnuts makes a company-worthy side dish perfect for serving with roast pork, beef, turkey or chicken.
Thyme-Roasted Pearl Onions - Perfect for serving with roast chicken, turkey or pork, this easy side dish of roasted pearl onions is flavored with a simple combination of fresh thyme, butter and honey.
Roasted Green Bean, Pepper and Shallot Salad - Roasted green beans, sautéed shallots and sweet bell pepper combine with a mustard vinaigrette to make a simple, make-ahead salad that's perfect for company meals.
Marmalade Glazed Carrots - Orange marmalade and Dijon-style mustard add a distinctive, sweet and tangy flavor to rounds of steamed fresh carrots.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Blue Cheese - Roasting brussels sprouts and red onions at a high heat brings out the natural sweetness of the vegetables.
Crumb Topped Green Bean Mushroom Bake - An easy, make-ahead side dish of fresh green beans and sauteed mushrooms with a crumb topping.
Garlic Braised Green Beans - Fresh green beans are braised in broth with garlic and onions to make a mellow, versatile side dish that goes with a wide variety of entrees.
Root Vegetable Puree with Shallots and Thyme - A silky purée of turnips, parsnips and carrots flavored with caramelized shallots and fresh thyme makes a nice side dish for roast turkey, chicken or pork.
Roasted Onion Medley - We've roasted a trio of onion varieties and tossed with them crispy bacon, fresh thyme and a drizzle of maple syrup for a sweet-savory side dish to serve with roast beef, pork or turkey.