Candied sweet potatoes, creamy mashed potatoes, savoury stuffing ... our mouths water just thinking about it. Now, if only we didn’t actually have to cook it all. Because who wants to spend all of Christmas Day in the kitchen, when you could be ... well ... spending less time in the kitchen, anyway.
Hence the beauty of Christmas dinner sides that you can make ahead of time. Prep these dishes in advance, pop them in the oven or slow cooker on Christmas Day, and enjoy at least a few minutes with your feet up ...
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... or chasing the kids around, tobogganing, gorging on cookies — whatever puts the kris in your kringle!
Check out all these delicious Christmas dinner sides that you can make ahead of time, and enjoy the time you get back.
Make-ahead garlic and herb mashed potatoes
These mashed potatoes are full of flavour, and just need to be popped in the oven to warm up before your big meal.
Get the recipe: Five heart home
Make-ahead turkey gravy
If you’re a gravy fiend like us, you know no Christmas dinner is complete without a plate drowning in the good stuff. That you can make this thick and flavourful version ahead of time is a major bonus.
Get the recipe: Butter your biscuit
Make-ahead Brussels sprouts with bacon
You had us at bacon.
Get the recipe: Treasured mom
Make-ahead herbed sausage, cranberry and apple stuffing
Stuffing = yassss. Stuffing you can make ahead and freeze = YASSSS.
Get the recipe: Sally’s baking addiction
Southern sweet potato casserole
Omg that pecan topping. Now it’s Christmas. This is a perfect make-ahead side dish.
Get the recipe: Erhardt’s eat
Cheesy make-ahead mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes, but with CHEESE.
Get the recipe: The recipe rebel
Make-ahead honey roasted carrots
Don’t forget the veggies!
Get the recipe: Sweet peas and saffron
It is Christmas and we demand MORE POTATO SIDES!
Get the recipe: Home made interest
Spiced sweet potato casserole
Just in case that first sweet potato casserole didn’t look sugary enough, here’s one with marshmallows in the topping.
Get the recipe: The chunky chef
Spinach stuffing balls
Stuffing, but in adorable balls you can easily make ahead.
Get the recipe: Dish’n the kitchen
Cheesy rutabaga carrot casserole
Another side dish smothered in cheese? YES PLEASE.
Get the recipe: Sprinkles and sprouts
Cheesy broccoli casserole
To continue our theme. Can’t stop, won’t stop.
Get the recipe: Num’s the word
Loaded mashed potato casserole
Just when we thought we had enough potato options, fate gave us potatoes with cheese AND bacon! GET IN OUR MOUTHS.
Get the recipe: The Anthony kitchen
Peas and pancetta
We thought you could use a break from cheese. So here are some peas with meat in them.
Get the recipe: The genetic chef
Make-ahead roast vegetables
You can’t go wrong with a classic roast veggie dish!
Get the recipe: Cooking light
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