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Holiday Sides that Shine


Just like in any good movie where the supporting actors play an important role in the success of the film, the same goes for your holiday menu. The side dishes are just as important as your roasted main centrepiece(find suggestions for those here), and their importance should not be overlooked. As any great host will tell you, planning your holiday sides requires some thought.

Consider the "audience" - are your guests open to new twists or do they clamour for the classics? Will your star ingredients be readily available where you're planning to shop or will you have to make a special trek? And try to round out your menu. Do you have a starch, a vegetable or two and a potato dish (often the favourite, so it deserves its own category)? Once you've answered those questions, the right super-side dishes for your holiday table will become apparent.

We've gathered some fantastic, holiday-worthy recipes to help you make your menu complete. Start planning now for a holiday table sure to be a hit.


Mixed Mushroom Polenta
Couscous with Pistachios, Almonds and Apricots
Orzotto with Kale


Medley of Market Vegetables
Broccolini with Lemon & Capers
Grilled Escarole with Olives & Pine Nuts
Honey-Glazed Baby Carrots
Sautéed Beet Greens with Bacon
Mediterranean Artichokes


Fancy Duchesse Potatoes
Lemony Greek Roasted Potatoes
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Find these and other great Holiday Ideas on the In The Kitchen with Stefano website.