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Last-Minute Sides To Support A Holiday Feast

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Between glistening hams and tender briskets, towering cakes, and sparkling cocktails, you’d be forgiven for neglecting to plan your holiday sides. These kitchen stalwarts just aren’t as flashy as the mains and finales, and probably won’t prompt the same ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ from your dinner guests. But there’s no way the show can go on without at least a couple of supportive sides. Fluffy mashed potatoes, maple-glazed squash, or cheesy gratins bring a variety of textures and flavors to the table, rounding out the perfect holiday feast.

Thankfully, you only need an hour (or less!) to make some of our favorite holiday-worthy supporting dishes. So don't stress about leaving the sides for last-minute! We have recipes that come together in 60, 30, and even 20 minutes—and no one will be the wiser.

Under An Hour

Lacinato Kale Gratin
Lacinato Kale Gratin
Spiced Beet Salad with Citrus-Ginger Dressing

Spiced Beet Salad with Citrus-Ginger Dressing by Ali Slagle

Garlic-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic-Garlic Mashed Potatoes by Niknud

Roasted Onion Salad with Arugula and Walnut Salsa

Roasted Onion Salad with Arugula and Walnut Salsa by Marian Bull

Sticky, Spicy, Sweet Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Date Vinaigrette

Sticky, Spicy, Sweet Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with D... by EmilyC

Molly Stevens' Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad
Molly Stevens' Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad
Shaved Fennel and Apple Salad with Sultanas, Mint, and Almonds
Shaved Fennel and Apple Salad with Sultanas, Mint, and Almonds

Under 30 Minutes

Ina Garten’s Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli
Ina Garten’s Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli
Union Square Café’s Hashed Brussels Sprouts with Poppy Seeds and Lemon

Union Square Café’s Hashed Brussels Sprouts with Poppy Se... by Genius Recipes

Spicy, Creamy Chickpeas & Spinach (Chana Saag-ish)

Spicy, Creamy Chickpeas & Spinach (Chana Saag-ish) by Sarah Jampel

Trent Pierce's Miso-Creamed Kale

Trent Pierce's Miso-Creamed Kale by Genius Recipes

Penelope Casa's Garlic Green Beans (Judias Verdes con Ajo)

Penelope Casa's Garlic Green Beans (Judias Verdes con Ajo) by Genius Recipes

Spinach Madeline
Spinach Madeline
Roasted Squash with Maple-Ginger Glaze
Roasted Squash with Maple-Ginger Glaze

Under 20 Minutes

Pull-Apart Cheesy Baked Potato
Pull-Apart Cheesy Baked Potato
Gabrielle Hamilton's Endive Salad in the Roman Puntarelle Style
Gabrielle Hamilton's Endive Salad in the Roman Puntarelle Style
Roasted and Raw Broccoli Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing

Roasted and Raw Broccoli Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing by Samantha Weiss Hills

Wilted Escarole with Feta, Walnuts, and Honey

Wilted Escarole with Feta, Walnuts, and Honey by Brooklyn Salt

Joshua McFadden's Bitter Greens Salad with Melted Cheese
Joshua McFadden's Bitter Greens Salad with Melted Cheese

Have you ever forgotten a holiday side? What's your favorite last-minute go-to?

Automagic Spring Menu Maker!
Automagic Spring Menu Maker!

Tags: Soup, Side, Christmas, Hanukkah, Meal Plan, Holiday Entertaining