Whether you are looking to stir up the regular menu with a new Christmas vegetable side dish or make a classic Thanksgiving dish to take to a family dinner, these easy Thanksgiving and Christmas side dishes will carry you through the entire holiday season.
Typically, we reserve the turkey for Thanksgiving Day, and serve another meat, like ham or prime rib, for Christmas Dinner. Whatever your routine may be, it’s easy to get into a holiday rut – especially with sides.
Let’s be real for a second. Generally, it’s not the main course that makes a meal so memorable. Maybe it’s just me, but I LOVE side dishes. I could make a meal out of them alone!
And the great thing about Christmas and Thanksgiving is that you can easily perfect your favorite side, and take the same to both holiday dinners! Easy peasy!
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Slow cookers and casserole carriers are ideal when it comes to transporting dishes to holiday gatherings. Most casserole carriers also act as an insulator, keeping food warm or cool for a few hours at a time.
Here are a few side dish options that travel well:
- mashed potatoes
- cranberry sauce (can be served warm or at room temp!)
- casseroles – like green bean casserole
- cornbread dressing
- breads (like cornbread or rolls)
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