If hosting a holiday meal, the menu and main entrees are already set. What if you are asked to bring a side however? Are you sick of bringing the same ol’ thing year after year? Take a look at these 10 Christmas side dishes that are sure to leave your family and friends begging for the recipe.

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PEAS WITH BACON, SHALLOTS, AND PARMESAN


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Gone are the days when uncle Tom complains about peas. With the added flavors of bacon and parmesan, you might even forget this is considered a veggie.

View the full recipe at Family Food on the Table.

GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE


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A holiday meal wouldn’t be complete without a side of green bean casserole. For many, Christmas is the one time out of the year that you can almost guarantee someone will be making this dish. With a recipe like this, why not volunteer to make it yourself?

View the full recipe at Life at the Lofthouse.

SALAD WITH CITRUS CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE


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This salad is first an artwork, and then a delicious side to adorn your Christmas table. Also, note the champagne vinaigrette dressing. Enough said.

View the full recipe at Two Healthy Kitchens.

BACON AND BRUSSELS SPROUT SALAD


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The brussels sprouts are no longer to be feared once this side salad makes its’ way to your buffet. Because, (cough, cough), thank you bacon. Add in the fact that it is a quick breeze to make and you’ll never see brussels sprouts the same.

View the full recipe at Pinch of Yum.

BUTTERED ROSEMARY ROLLS


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Do you want to know what is even more amazing than buttery rolls as a Christmas side dish? It is buttery rolls WITH rosemary. The rosemary gives this homemade bread the extra ounce of flavor that will surely send your tastebuds into overdrive.

View the full recipe at The Pioneer Woman.

 

ITALIAN STUFFING


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Some say stuffing is for Thanksgiving. Others don’t care about informal rules because they look for any and all excuses to get this dish on the table. What makes it Italian Stuffing, you ask? Well, I’m glad you did, because I want to tell you. This stuffing includes, wait for it, Italian Sausage. Yum.

View the full recipe at A Dash of Sanity.

STRAWBERRY PRETZEL SALAD


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If you are a millennial, you likely grew up with some variation of a strawberry pretzel salad at family gatherings. With its’ crunch bottom and smooth top, it is a dish that will give your textural palette a workout!

View the full recipe at Natasha’s Kitchen.

BACON JALAPENO DEVILED EGGS


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The deviled egg is a classic around the Christmas table. But whoever said no to bacon and jalapeno anything? It is time to spruce up your original eggs and give your guests something to remember.

View the full recipe at Real House Moms.

CRANBERRY SAUCE


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This cranberry sauce has the potential to reach new family members that haven’t yet allowed cranberry sauce on their plates. With 4 simple ingredients, and a total timeframe of 20 minutes, it is surely worth a try.

View the full recipe at Beyond the Chicken Coop.

INSTAPOT MASHED POTATOES


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Creamy mashed potatoes with fresh sage, thyme, rosemary or garlic sounds amazing. Couple that with the fact that this recipe involves just 30 minutes and the ease of an instant pot. Yummy and smart!

View the full recipe at Pinch of Yum.

INSTAPOT MASHED POTATOES


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If you are a numbers person, you have probably noticed that I went beyond my 10 Christmas side dishes. Why, you ask? Because when you see a picture of something that looks this delicious, you throw in the bonus recipe! Enjoy this colorful, full-of-flavor dish at your holiday gathering. If you do, let us know what you think!

View the full recipe at Cooking Classy.

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Photo credits: Family Food on the Table, Life at the Lofthouse, Two Healthy Kitchens, Pinch of Yum, The Pioneer Woman, A Dash of Sanity, Natasha’s Kitchen, Real House Moms, Beyond the Chicken Coop, Cooking Classy


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April is a goldendoodle obsessed mom-of-three with a new puppy named Lainey. She loves traveling, homemade spaghetti sauce, sarcasm, and her day job as an outreach coordinator. She is a blogger at Mojitos and Munchkins where she loves connecting with fellow parents and commiserating about life in the trenches with little people. After a two-week stint of RV living, she has hopes to "sell it all" and escape on a never ending road trip with her family. April now lives in Minnesota, after growing up in the neighboring Hawkeye state. Her and her husband have three adventurous children who are on a constant quest to keep life busy. After a decade in the classroom, April turned in her lesson plan book to focus on slowing her family’s pace of life down and enjoying the fleeting moments between sun up and sundown. She is thankful for lattes, red blends, movie theaters, and homemade spaghetti sauce. April loves connecting with people through her blog at Mojitos & Munchkins.