Top 10 Holiday Side Dishes

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

image1. Sweet Potato Bake
Paula’s Sweet Potato Bake is so good and sweet, you might just think it’s dessert.

image2. Smashed Potato, Parsnips and Rutabaga
Add parsnips, rutabaga and cream cheese to your mashed potatoes, and you’ll have a side dish your holiday guests won’t soon forget.

image3. Brussels Sprouts with Onion and Bacon
Brussels sprouts look and taste a little like cabbage, but they make for a fancier looking side dish.

image4. Roasted Cauliflower
Thyme and Dijon mustard will your cauliflower a welcome twist. Drizzle them with olive oil and roast them in the oven, and you’ll think twice about your usual side dishes.

image5. Mrs. Hoggle’s Stuffed Cranberry Sauce
Nothing says the holidays quite like cranberry sauce, and Paula’s stuffed cranberry sauce is a great way to spruce up your canned sauce.

image6. Corrie’s Bacon Creamed Spinach
Dazzle your holiday dinner plates with this beautiful and savory side dish. Bacon and spinach, who knew? We did, of course!

image7. Butternut Squash Casserole
If your family isn’t into sweet potato bakes or casseroles, give this winter squash casserole a try. It’s just as sweet and you might be pleasantly surprised!

image8. Blue Potatoes au Gratin
Here’s a savory and romantic side dish that’s bursting with flavor. Gruyere and blue cheese melding together make this one of our absolute favorites.

image 9. Green Beans with Almonds and Caramelized Onions
Want an elegant and delicious dish that’s fit for your holiday gatherings? Look no further than these green beans with almonds. Your taste buds will thank you.

image10. Easy Yeast Rolls
Now what holiday dinner could be complete without a dinner roll? Not ours, that’s for sure! Super simple, serve these rolls with some herbed butter piping hot straight from the oven.


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I touch and agree by faith with the anonymous writer on Ms. Doris Kenner's need. My God shall supply all of her needs according to His riches in glory...In Jesus name we pray. Amen Paula I love your recipes and can't wait for Christmas to try one of your lovely Holiday side dishes!

By Anonymous on December 24, 2011


Doris, I'm not Paula but I'm praying for you and family right now...Dear God, hear Doris Kenner's prayers for help. Lord, we pray that she will find a job and the Bible says to pray and believe and it will be so. Lord, we know that it will be done perfect and in your time but this family needs help now. We will have faith that you will provide that help. We love you, Lord, and know that you will provide for Doris. In Jesus name we pray, AMEN.

By Anonymous on December 22, 2011


Miss Paula, your show always cheers me up when I'm feelin' blue & this has been a hard year for a lot of people here in the Pacific Northwest so a lot of us have been feelin' down. I tune into your show & get caught up in the laughter & fun & forget about my troubles and start plannin' this recipe or that from you. We were JUST talking about doing a beef roast on Fri for our little family so we can enjoy my not having to be at work & have some peace, then enjoy our daughter's vegetarian dinner on Sunday. I just LOVE Belf & Jelf & their costumes. I also LOVE the Elvis cookie jar they gave you. Have fun with that & fill it with some goodies. Have a wonderful holiday & enjoy your wonderful family. (((((((HUGS))))))) from our house to yours.

By Sharon on December 20, 2011


Hi Paula, I love to watch you on the food network channel, your recipes look so delicious. I have already made at least 3 of your recipes, 2 macaroni and cheese dishes and 1 apple pie. they all turned out pretty good! I was so proud of my self! lol! Most of all what I love about you Paula is your warm southern hospitality and kind demeanor! I hope I'll have the pleasure of meeting you someday! You are a great mother! I could use a big hug right now I am going through a difficult time I am currently unemployed and have been for the last 2 years, I lost my car yesterday, I pray that I don't lose my house. I feel that my strong faith and trust in God will get me through this. Please remember me and my family in your prayers.

By Doris Kenner on December 15, 2011


Hey Paula, luv your show and have tried and love so many of the home cooking recipes you feature in your cookbooks and on your show...reminds me of when I was growing up and my grandma's would prepare wonderful dishes. I still keep some of their recipes going in the family as I want all our family to enjoy these tasty dishes. Really enjoy your cooking with your sons in the kitchen. Best wishes for continued Best Dishes smile

By Carol Woolard on December 14, 2011


Hi Paula, love you and your sons and family and love your show. Thanks for all of the great recipes. I look forward to watching you cook each day. you make it look so easy and so delicious.

By Donna J Manganello on December 11, 2011


Hi You All: Paula, I love your cook book, I Made your cheese biskets and thay were to Diefor. I watch you and your sons on the cooking chanel every Day. I wont to know if you have recipe for strawbarry rubarbe pie in a cook book. If So what is the name of the Cook Book

By JACK T DRAPER on December 09, 2011


Luv ya Paula and your food and family too!!!

By Ramona Starr on November 30, 2011


Wow, your recipes look so good and to die for! God Bless you for all you do! My wish in life would be to spend one holiday with you, I have spent the last 22 years of holidays by myself and just having the chance to meet you would be a great blessing for me! You remind me of my departed mother who was Parisienne French and was one of the best bakers in the world, I still yearn for her homemade baked beans and homemade rolls, she, also, made the best pumpkin pie I ever tasted! I hope with the Lord's blessing that I get the chance to spend one holiday with you!

By Lena E Mills on November 29, 2011


Thank you Paula for all the recipes. I truly enjoy watching you on TV and looking up your recipes. But recently I found out I have Celiac disease. Do you have any recipes for gluten free meals. Not sure what kind of flour to use, I hear some taste like dirt. Have you ever heard of the King Arthur flour or what it taste like? Thank you for your time, hope to hear from you. Sue B

By Sue B on November 29, 2011

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