Steal The Show These 3 Holiday Side Dishes

Mashed potatoes with leeks and crispy bacon in a bowlHolidays always seem to have the same traditional foods, so why not spice it up a bit with these delicious dishes that put a little twist on tradition? These side dishes will steal the show as soon as they touch your lips.  

Mashed Potatoes with Bacon and Crispy Scallions

Bacon makes everything better, which is why your mashed potatoes need bacon this holiday season. A show stealing dish doesn’t have to be complicated, it can be as simple as bacon. Don’t just settle for plain old, mashed potatoes with gravy. Give them flavor. Buttermilk, creme fraiche, scallions, and bacon are all the additions you need to create a flavorful, classic side dish. These potatoes are fantastic for the holidays, but also pair nicely with pork tenderloin, fried chicken and steak on a normal week.  

Candy Roaster Squash with Sorghum, Black Walnuts, and Cranberries

This one sounds like a mouthful…because it is! After one bite of this candy roasted squash, you won’t be able to eat enough. Ribboned squash is the perfect squash to use, as it provides unique textures and sweet and savory flavors that will have your mouth watering.  

This candy roaster squash is a regional North Georgia staple generally, but the heirloom gourd is found across the Southeast. Squash doesn’t need too much accessorizing, so simply serve it deeply roasted and paired with contrasting flavors and pops of texture. Butternut squash is also well known for making this dish successful.  

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Classic Cornbread Dressing

There is never a bad time for cornbread. This holiday dish is expected, so why not mix it up by pairing it with fantastic dressing? Make sure the cornbread has been dried out completely before you go on to make the rest of the dish. Letting the bread sit for a good two days should help dry it out.  

Baking the cornbread in a skillet will give it a crispy golden crust. You can make this recipe up to a month ahead of the holidays so that you aren’t pinched for time. This recipe may take a little more time, but this Southern-style dressing is completely worth the flavor it adds to your holiday dish.  

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