Unlike Thanksgiving, dinner doesn’t serve as the primary showstopper of Christmas. Obviously, people will remember the presents before the meal, with it being Christmas and all, but that doesn’t mean a hearty, Christmas dinner isn’t one of the best parts of the holiday.
And no matter what your main dish might be, from roast beef to a glazed ham, the side dishes are an important part of a yuletide feast. So make sure you choose your sides wisely. Here are some go-to’s for your holiday meal. We would argue they’re the best go-to’s. You’ll probably disagree. That’s how the Internet works.
Mac and Cheese
No one has ever complained about the addition of macaroni and cheese to a Christmas spread. Or any meal. Honestly, even if you just rushed together a few boxes of Kraft mac and cheese, no one would mind. Though really, it’s Christmas, you should splurge and make your mac and cheese at least a little fancy.
Biscuits are warm, comforting and pretty easy to make from scratch. More importantly, they’re the perfect side dish to mop up all the mingling flavors left on your plate at the end of the meal.
While this traditional British treat might seem a little out of left field, it’s actually amazing with a Christmas meal. Just don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t some sweet pudding. It’s just savory, gooey, melty bread that tastes like heaven on a cold December night. The three wise men would approve. Because they’re wise.
Spinach isn’t everyone’s favorite, but when you put a bunch of cream in there (and, hey, we won’t mind if you top it with bacon) you’ve got yourself a delicious, decadent side dish perfect for the Christmas table. But naturally, you can’t have a feast without the ultimate side for all occasions…
Mashed Potatoes And Gravy
You can never go wrong with the OG side dish. Mashed potatoes smothered in gravy will warm your soul and fill your belly, and when you’re done you can use one of your biscuits to sop up what remains.
But of course the sides are only one part of your Christmas equation. What really matters is having family and friends to spend your holiday together with. Well, also, having mashed potatoes and gravy. That matters a lot, too. And beer. And egg nog (with alcohol in it, preferably rum).
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everybody!