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Easy Holiday Side Dish Recipes

Simple and Elegant French Dishes


These easy holiday side dish recipes will enhance any special occasion menu. Add flavor to your table with these regional vegetable and potato specialties from France. The best part is that they're easy to create, leaving you more time to prepare a showstopping main course and mingle with guests.

Mustard Herb Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Flickr user foooooey
This mustard herb roasted potatoes recipe is an easy, year-round dish made with readily available, affordable ingredients. Serve them hot and fresh out of the oven, or chill them in the refrigerator for a day and serve them cold as a healthy potato salad.

Browned Garlic Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Mackenzie Kosut
This is a Brussels sprouts dish sure to please even the most picky eaters at the table. This browned garlic Brussels sprouts recipe caramelizes garlic and Brussels sprouts to sweet, golden perfection. A sprinkle of lemon juice and seasonings provide a healthy way to make the flavors pop in this quick and easy side dish.

Lorraine Noodles Recipe

Flickr user bowena
If you're looking for a delicious yet simple accompaniment to a meal try this Lorraine noodles recipe. Also known as nouilles au beurre, or buttered noodles, this dish is elevated from the modest, homemade noodle by browning the finished product under a broiler until the surface turns to a slightly dried, pale gold. The result is a surprisingly intricate blend of flavor and texture perfect for serving with saucy stews and gravy-laden roasts.

Gratin Dauphinois Recipe

This gratin Dauphinois recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Potatoes are double-cooked in seasoned cream and then baked with Gruyere cheese until the gratin is butter-soft. This recipe is the ultimate version of classic potatoes au gratin.

Maple-Roasted Squash Recipe

Perfect for a quick side dish, this maple-roasted squash recipe is as versatile as it is easy. Serve it alone, on a bed of greens, or as a accompaniment to roasted poultry. You can't go wrong with tender, caramelized butternut squash!

Mushrooms Bordelaise Recipe

Robert Simmons
Hearty and rustic, this mushrooms Bordelaise recipe makes a delicious accompaniment to a traditional steak or beef dinner. A foundation of cuisine from Bordeaux, the garlic cannot be removed from seasoning the mushrooms. To prepare the authentic recipe, you can choose to leave the garlic cloves whole and remove them after their essence has been imparted into the dish. Enhance the cepes bordelaise with a glass of robust red wine.

Marilyn's Stuffing Recipe

Maggie Hoffman
Marilyn Monroe's stuffing recipe recently surfaced in "Fragments"(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), a collection of her writing snippets from 1943 to her death in 1962. Marilyn's stuffing recipe showcases not only a knowledge of cooking, but also a surprising use of European methods for making a poultry dressing. I couldn't resist taking a closer look to adapt and recreate it via French cuisine. Here's what Marilyn Monroe's stuffing recipe might have looked like had she been a housewife in 1950's France.

Lemon Garlic Broccoli Recipe

Jason Bachman
This versatile lemon garlic broccoli recipe is quick, easy to prepare, and marvelously wholesome. Serve the steamed broccoli tossed in its special lemon garlic sauce and serve it hot with a special meal or cold as a healthy salad the next day.

Roasted Beets Recipe

Flickr user littlebluehen
Both rustic and refined, this mustard roasted beets recipe is full of sweet, earthy flavor. Dijon mustard and lemon juice tossed into a zingy citronette serve to further enhance the appetizing vegetarian delicacy. Dish up the roasted beets alone as a tasty side dish or dress them up with a bed of greens for an amazing salad.

Cheese Souffle Recipe

Flickr user clairity
This traditional cheese soufflé is light, airy, and savory - everything a cheese soufflé should be! This easy recipe can be whipped up in 15 minutes for flawless results. Gruyere and Comte cheese can be used interchangeably in this bistro classic.

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