Start sharpening that knife so you’re ready to slice into that holiday turkey or ham. Sure you’ll have the staples as your main entrée, but why not try to mix things up with these unique side dishes that will be sure to put a new twist on your Christmas meal.
1. Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts
- 7 slices of thick-cut bacon
- 3 lbs. Brussel sprouts
- 2 large shallots
- 1/3 cup chicken broth
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
- Cook bacon in a medium saucepan until crisp.
- Remove bacon and leave 2 tablespoons of fat.
- Add Brussel sprouts, shallots and ½ teaspoon salt to pot. Cook at medium for 5 minutes.
- Add broth and cover for 3-5 minutes until Brussel sprouts are tender.
- Uncover and add maple syrup, vinegar and cayenne pepper. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Serve with bacon sprinkled on top.
2. Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach
- 1 medium butternut squash
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Kosher salt
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 4 cup baby spinach
- Heat oven to 425 degrees.
- Coat cubed butternut squash with 2 tbsp. oil, ½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper. Spread out on a large baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes.
- In a small bowl, toss the almonds with remaining oil, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
- Scatter almonds over squash until they are browned and the squash is tender.
- Remove from over, place spinach over the squash and let sit for 1 minute. Gently mix together and serve.
3. Braised Wild Mushrooms and Peas
- 2 packages of sliced white mushrooms
- 8 oz. shiitake mushrooms
- 8 oz. oyster mushrooms
- ½ cup water
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 4 green onions
- 1 package frozen peas
- 1 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
- Salt and pepper
- Combine mushrooms, water and 1 tbsp. butter in a skillet. Cover and cook on medium for 10 minutes. Uncover and cook for 15 minutes until tender and browned.
- Chop green onions and add to mushrooms. Add peas to mixture and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir in soy sauce, ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and 1 tablespoon butter. Stir until butter melts.
Sprinkle some holiday cheer in your cocktails and desserts as well.
4. M&M Red Velvet Cake Cookie
- 1 box devil’s food cake mix
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring
- 1 cup green M&Ms
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray 2 large cookie sheets with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, beat cake mix, butter, eggs, and red food coloring with an electric mixer on medium speed until well mixed.
- Stir in M&Ms and white chocolate chips.
- Place tablespoon-sized balls 2 inches apart.
- Bake 10-12 minutes.
- Cool before serving.
5. Apple Cider Mimosas
- Apple Cider
- Apple Slices for garnish
- Pour ¾ glass full of apple cider.
- Top with champagne.
What recipes do you have up your sleeve this Christmas?
– By Samantha B. Rivers, Editor