Prep Some Easy Sides For The Holidays

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Hosting dinner for the holidays? Whatever your main course might be, you’re sure to find the perfect side dishes for your guests in this handy list of holiday side ideas.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes are a classic accompaniment for hearty meats, so no matter what protein you have planned for the holidays, you can count on these creamy mashed potatoes to play the perfect supporting role. To whip up this marvelous mash, you’ll need peeled russet potatoes, hot milk, unsalted softened butter, salt, and some fresh herbs like parsley for garnish. You’ll also need to soften up those spuds by boiling them until they can be easily pierced by a knife. Next, use a stand mixer to blend the potatoes until smooth. Milk and butter will add wonderfully rich flavor and texture to the final product.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

While fall and winter produce options typically favor root vegetables, you can still add some fresh greenery to your dinner table with a side of roasted brussels sprouts. You’ll just need trimmed brussels sprouts, a little olive oil, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. If your guests fall in love with this dish, consider changing it up next time with some tasty variations. The recipe author recommends adding parmesan cheese, or drizzling a little balsamic vinegar just before the veggies are done roasting. You could even add bacon or pancetta for a meatier flavor.

Pumpkin Soup

How about starting off dinner with a hearty soup? Pumpkin isn’t just for pies and lattes, because it makes a fantastic autumn soup with its warm roasted flavor. First, gather up your pumpkin, coconut milk, maple syrup, spices, vegetable stock, shallot, and garlic. For your spices, the recipe suggests salt and pepper plus the standard pumpkin companions – cinnamon and nutmeg. Be sure to use the smaller sugar pumpkins rather than the larger jack-o-lantern variety for more pulp to work with.

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