Our 10 Most Popular Holiday Side Dishes

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Holiday meals truly are all about the side dishes. Every guest can contribute to the gallery of side dishes and every single diner has a favorite. Some side dishes have been popular long enough to be considered classics, like mashed potatoes, while others may peak from year-to-year, like mashed cauliflower.

These 10 holiday side dish recipes are our most popular ever, with lots of classics and a few surprises too. Look no further if you need a side dish (or three) for your holiday table that everyone will love.

Mashed potatoes do truly reign supreme when it comes to popular side dishes, but our slow cooker method remains the most popular, thanks to its ease and ability to feed a crowd delicious clouds of buttery carbs with minimal effort.

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Those swirls of meringue hide a creamy mash of roasted sweet potatoes, butter, and sugar that sets itself apart from any other sweet potato casserole. We’ve got a five-ingredient version, but this classic version is just as welcome next to the Thanksgiving turkey as it is near the Christmas roast.

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I’m questioning why this dish only graces my table once a year — green beans are a family favorite and best when swathed in a mushroom gravy and topped with a flurry of crisp onions. Plus, you can make this one in a casserole dish or your favorite oven-safe skillet.

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Have you made these amazing crescent rolls yet? If not, they are the ideal small project you can prep over Christmas weekend and bring to a holiday feast like a dinner superhero. The ingredient list is short and most of the prep time is just spent resting the dough.

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I’m a little surprised, but also delighted, that this particular roasted Brussels sprouts recipe made the list. Here’s what you’ll love about it, though: You only need two ingredients to make your classic roasted sprouts a total showstopper.

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People actually really love mushrooms and these pan-fried ones are popular for their ability to double as a side and act as a sauce too. Remember that mushrooms shrink a ton in the pan, so be sure to double this recipe for a crowd of more than four.

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If you don’t immediately think of mashed cauliflower as a popular holiday side dish, you aren’t alone. But this new classic really came into its own in just the last five years, as our holiday menus have shifted toward more balanced fare. These don’t have a drop of cream either — just butter. (Julia would be really proud.)

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These sweet potatoes are life-changing on several accounts. First, they are quite literally just sweet potatoes, butter, and a little salt. Second, you let them roast an exorbitantly long time without doing anything. Third, the result is a deceptively sweet exterior and a creamy, butter-like interior.

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Honestly, I’m a little disappointed in myself for initially discounting a baked potato (with loads of butter, a little sour cream, and snipped chives) as not high-brow enough for holiday fare. Clearly this recipe’s popularity proves me a fool and I plan to remedy this immediately.

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You cannot go wrong with a few pans of beautifully roasted vegetables, although I highly suggest you plan for a simple vinaigrette or a herbaceous sauce to dress them up a bit for the table.

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