Crafting the perfect holiday meal is about more than just a juicy main. Sure, nailing the turkey, ham, or brisket feels pretty darn good. But more often than not, it’s the sides that everyone raves about and digs into for seconds or thirds.
If you want to bring a unique side to this year’s holiday potluck or impress guests with a memorable side, Molly Yeh dishes out tons of inspiration. Read on for some of her best, holiday-approved side dish recipes, from potatoes and stuffing to challah and salad.
Brussels Sprouts Latkes
The tiny, cabbage-like offerings known as Brussels sprouts are one of those love-or-hate veggies, but it’s almost impossible to resist them in latke form. In this recipe, Molly combines shredded Brussels sprouts with chickpea flour for the ultimate fried dish, complete with a tangy balsamic Dijon sour cream for dipping.
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Molly Yeh’s Moroccan Carrot Salad
If you’re the type to serve roasted or steamed carrots and butter with your holiday meal, consider boosting the flavour this year with this warmed salad. Carrots are boiled until tender and coated with a harissa-lemon sauce for a delightful twist.
Molly’s German Potato Salad
Switch up your potato side this season with a German classic: potato salad. Molly’s comes together in about 30 minutes and is served warm or at room temperature. This dish is easy to prepare ahead of time so that those briny, herbaceous flavours have even more time to soak into the spuds.
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Crunchy pretzel rolls replace sourdough or any other bread you may have traditionally used for your dressing, making this a particularly memorable side dish. Bacon, Dijon mustard, and honey help pull all of those pretzel flavours together for a unique stuffing you may be asked to bring again… and again.
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Garlic and Onion Challah Bread
Thanks to Molly’s super easy directions, making your own challah has never been easier. Sure, you’ll need to factor in a couple of hours of rest time to get the bake just right, but there’s nothing more satisfying than braiding those garlicky, oniony strands of soon-to-be fresh challah.
Crispy Smashed Potatoes With Chimichurri Dressing
Those who like their spuds crisp with a golden bite will appreciate the delicate balance of these parcels of potato goodness. The best part is the fresh chimichurri sauce Molly pairs them with, which adds an herbal finish to the easy but yummy side.
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Chopped Salad with Crumbled Feta
Holiday salads don’t have to be boring. Not if you add bright ingredients and an array of textures. This chopped salad includes both, thanks to crisp veggies and soft feta. Each bite adds a sunny vibe to the holiday table, breaking up all of those carbs with fresh pops of flavour.
Salt and Vinegar Potato Galette
You don’t need to make your own pie dough to recreate Molly’s tangy potato galette, which is better than digging into a handful of salt and vinegar chips. It’s like the perfect combo of pastry and scalloped potatoes and is special enough to serve at any holiday gathering.
Part of the fun of serving this salad is digging into the layers of deliciousness within. There are all kinds of holiday flavours to savour, like butternut squash, prosciutto, and toasted almonds. This dish comes together with a creamy dressing, making it a hearty and impressive addition to any table.
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Dill Flakey Bread
If you’re looking for a bun alternative this holiday season, consider adding Molly’s flaky dill bread. It’s a buttery, crumbly concoction loaded with fresh flavour. This recipe complements other sides already on the table, plus it’s perfect for sopping up any extra gravy at the bottom of your plate.