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Christmas Side Dish Recipes

The ultimate Christmas plate is usually one that is piled high with goodies - so much so that the actual turkey seems a mere afterthought.

If that vision is more than a little intimidating then fear not because we have a range of simple, straightforward Christmas side dishes, salads and soups which will ensure that your Christmas meal is a feast and not a feat. 

Many of these easy recipes can be made in advance so you can concentrate on your family and friends rather than the oven! 

For more Christmas Day inspiration browse our Christmas turkey alternatives  or Christmas pudding ideas. 

Posted by Nigella      Serves 10-16 as part of the feast

Needs must and all that, so I have always been an open anti-perfectionist, but in truth (and I’m sorry to repeat what I’ve…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6

This is the perfect recipe for using leftover chicken or turkey at any time. A jicama is sometimes known as a Mexican potato, though…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

For someone who’s never been to Vietnam, I am piling up quite a few recipes which are Vietnamese in inspiration if not origin.…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4 as a main, 8 as a starter

I use frozen broccoli; actually, frozen organic broccoli, if that makes you feel better. In fact, this is better when made with frozen,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 48 small squares

I have written a recipe for panettone stuffing before: the sweet seasonal fruit bread was cubed, toasted and mixed with Italian sausage;…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

It is not quite normal to feel as joyous as I do when saying the words “Brussels sprouts”, but this recipe does not merely…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6-8

My not entirely orthodox way of turning out this otherwise classic dish of cream-softened potatoes has a lot going for it. Photo by…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6

I love recipes using up leftovers, and this is a particular favourite because it suddenly goes off on another tangent, so to speak.…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

For many of us, this Thanksgiving stalwart is beyond untraditional. To a European reader, no doubt to any non-American reader, it…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6

I think of these Swedish roast potatoes as being rather like sauteed potatoes on the stem: each one is cut into thin slices across…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

Strictly speaking, I don't think of this as a casserole, but I know that this is the traditional nomenclature; and, besides, I do…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6-8

This has many strings to its bow: it serves as a vegetarian alternative to the Holiday turkey; it gussies up a plate of cold leftover…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8 as a first course

In the original recipe, I used escarole lettuce and you still could but I find a mixture between laziness, ease and aesthetics leans…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

I’ve always roasted honeyed parsnips alongside a turkey but as a marker of the culinary special relationship celebrated at Christmas,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2, or 1 in great need

Ever since I overcame my prejudices about buying pre-chopped fruit and veg, my cooking life has got a lot simpler. And you should…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Yield 50 / 25 sausages

I couldn’t help myself. I can’t have a party without some cocktail sausages and wanted to make them just a little bit…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes around 45 stars

This is a new variant of an old and easy party favourite. The dough is mixed up in the processor and rolls out easily.  It may…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 75 cocktail sausages

If you want to have something hot to pass around on a tray, then cocktail sausages are what you're after. There's nothing fiddly to…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

Cooking potatoes for large numbers of people is not always easy. This gratin makes it so, not least because I don’t peel the…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

The sprout recipe below is really only a slight detour from the traditional route. By all means, stick to the orthodox if you prefer…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

Sometimes, it makes sense to use one’s obsessions to advantage. I know that most people don’t have trivial light-bulb…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

When I was a child, I don’t think fresh cranberries were ever seen in England. For me, cranberry sauce came out of a jar –…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-12

There is something so magnificent about a whole pumpkin stuffed with jewelled rice, that it doesn’t really need too many side…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes enough for 8-12 people

Generally speaking, the best gravies are made by deglazing a joint’s cooking juices in the roasting tin, but, with a brined…Read on

Why not try our Christmas cookie recipes - great to make with the kids this Christmas.