6 easy Christmas side dishes anyone can make


It's time to deck the halls with boughs of holly, and adorn your table with delicious holiday foods.

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Serve up these memorable side dishes that will leave your family going back for seconds. They require very little experience or time, so you can focus on the rest of the Christmas party prep.

Here are our picks for easy, made-in-minutes side dishes for your holiday dinner.

Slow-Cooked Collard Greens in Olive Oil

These effortless collard greens, courtesy of Bon Appétit, require very little preparation.

Time required: 2 hours, Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches collard greens

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • Pinch sugar

Directions:

Farro Salad with Toasted Pecans, Feta and Dried Cherries

This Southern Living salad has all the trimmings - and you can throw it together last minute!

Time required: 45 minutes, Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • Salted water
  • 1 1/2 cups farro
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:

Spice-Roasted Carrots

Leave it to the experts at Good Housekeeping to put together an outstanding recipe for perfectly-roasted spiced carrots the whole family will love.

Time required: 1 hour 30 minutes, Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 8 large carrots
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup roasted and salted pistachios

Directions:

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Martha's Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Serve Martha's Cheddar Cheese Biscuits and your family will think you spent the whole day covered in flour.

Time required: 30 minutes, Serves 12-16

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2/3 cup milk

Directions:

Garlic Butter Hasselback Potatoes

Delish delivers an easy-to-make (and easy-to-devour) potato recipe with plenty of visual appeal.

Time required: 1 hour 15 minutes, Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped

Directions:

Crock Pot Cheesy Spinach Casserole

Set it and forget it with this super simple casserole from Genius Kitchen.

Time required: 5 hours, Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 (16 ounce) bags frozen leaf spinach, thawed
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups low fat cottage cheese
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

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