Wrap Brussels sprouts in bacon, crisp up those potatoes and douse everything in gravy. This is the ultimate collection of simple side dishes to make the perfect Christmas dinner

Simple and delicious side dishes are all you need when feeding a crowd. With minimal fuss and maximum flavour, our best-ever vegetable side dishes will nestle in next to the turkey on Christmas Day.

 

1. Beetroot and potato boulangere

Arrange thin slices of beetroot and potato in a circular dish and bake in rich stock for a Christmas side that’s as delicious as the main event. It also happens to be both vegan and gluten-free. Get the recipe for beetroot and potato boulangere.

 

2. Lemon roast potatoes

Three-ingredient zesty roast potatoes are a perfect combination of fluffy insides and crispy outsides. Rapeseed oil is a healthier alternative to goose fat and adds a warm golden hue to your roasties. Get the recipe for lemon roast potatoes.

 

3. Extra crunchy freeze-ahead roast potatoes

Extra crunchy freeze-ahead roast potatoes

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These clever little freeze-ahead roast potatoes can be made a month ahead to save time, and roasting them from frozen adds extra crunch. Get the recipe for extra-crunchy freeze-ahead roast potatoes.

 

4. Brussels sprouts wrapped in pancetta

Wrap your sprouts in crispy pancetta and watch them vanish on Christmas Day. These moreish sprouts are packed with flavour and are ready in 30 minutes. Get the recipe for Brussels sprouts wrapped in pancetta.

 

5. Brussels sprouts with chestnut crumble

Brussel tarte tatin

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Jonathan Gregson

Spruce up your sprouts with a chestnut crumble. Prep these a few hours ahead to save time and reheat gently before serving. Get the recipe for Brussels sprouts with chestnut crumble.

 

6. Healthier celeriac dauphinoise

Indulge in a healthier dauphinoise by swapping potato for celeriac and using low-fat crème fraiche and semi-skimmed milk. Get the recipe for skinny celeriac dauphinoise.

 

7. Parsnip gratin

Parsnip gratin

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Jonathan Gregson

To ease the Christmas cooking stress, slice parsnips in a food processor, layer up with cream and nutmeg and bake the gratin a day ahead. Reheat before serving alongside your turkey and trimmings. Get the recipe for parsnip gratin.

 

8. Gluten-free roast vegetable and hazelnut crumble

Try the new trend for savoury crumbles with this gluten-free veggie side dish. Sweet nutmeg sits alongside earthy vegetables with a rich béchamel sauce and crisp oat and hazelnut crumb. Get the recipe for gluten-free roast vegetable and hazelnut crumble.

 

9. Orange and port red cabbage

We love a time-saver dish. This one's great to make in advance – either two days ahead and stored in the fridge, or frozen for up to a month. Get the recipe for orange and port red cabbage.

 

10. Sugar and spice root veg

Sugar, spice and all things nice makes this roasted root vegetable dish. Add a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of chilli flakes for extra heat. Get the recipe for sugar and spice root veg.

 

11. Spiced Christmas red cabbage and apple

Classic braised red cabbage is a must for Christmas dinner. This simple side dish gets fancy with cloves, nutmeg and apple with gentle slow cooking to intensify the flavours. Get the recipe for spiced Christmas red cabbage and apple.

 

12. Roasted garlic and clementine carrots

Try this simple recipe for roasted carrots and clementines, with sticky slow-roasted garlic and a drizzle of olive oil. Get the recipe for roasted garlic and clementine carrots.

 

13. Rich and cheesy broccoli

Everything tastes better with a little cheese on top – especially when it's tangy stilton melting over a pile of steamed broccoli in this simple side dish. Get the recipe for rich and cheesy broccoli.

 

14. Green Christmas stir-fry

Why not put a stir fry on the table this Christmas? It's a quick and easy way to cook Christmas greens in less than 10 minutes. Get the recipe for green Christmas stir-fry.

 

15. Mushrooms with shallots and sherry

Add sophistication to your festive occasion with a dash of sherry. The sweet, smoky flavours of the sherry are ideal with chestnut mushrooms and pan-fried shallots. Get the recipe for mushrooms with shallots and sherry.

 

16. Cranberry and pomegranate sauce

This easy 20-minute cranberry sauce recipe has multiple layers of flavour, with juicy fresh cranberries, crunchy pomegranate seeds and orange zest. Dollop some alongside your turkey and dig in. Get the recipe for cranberry and pomegranate sauce.