10 Christmas Dinner Side Dishes That Will Steal the Show

Bacon-studded potatoes au gratin, slightly sweet roasted Brussels sprouts and turkey-sausage stuffing are just three of our ultimate Christmas dinner side dishes.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Bacon Potatoes au Gratin

To get this comforting classic right, be sure to break the crust that the cream forms several times while cooking. It'll allow the cream and potatoes to meld perfectly — and prevent the top from overcooking.

Get the Recipe: Bacon Potatoes Au Gratin

Creamed Spinach

There's a reason this vegetable side makes its way onto so many holiday tables: It's a perfect complement to heartier meat dishes (and impossible to mess up). Don't forget the nutmeg, which adds essential, festive warmth.

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Aunt Chelle's Three-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

The combination of sharp cheddar, Gouda and American cheeses will make your guests melt, and it might just upstage the main course.

Get the Recipe: Aunt Chelle's Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Roasted Squash with Brown Butter and Cinnamon

This warm, spiced side dish also works well as a ravioli filling or a soup when enriched with milk and cream. Molasses and dark brown sugar create a crackly sweet surface on the butternut squash as it steams in the oven.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Squash with Brown Butter and Cinnamon

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranates and and Vanilla-Pecan Butter

When roasted in a super-hot oven, Brussels sprouts lose their funk and transform into tender bites. Pomegranates and a sweet butter complement the vegetable's nutty flavor.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranates and Vanilla-Pecan Butter

Turkey Sausage and Chestnut Stuffing

Giada's nutty Italian stuffing is sure to be a star side dish at your holiday table.

Get the Recipe: Raffy's Turkey Sausage and Chestnut Stuffing

Brown Sugared Carrots

Brown sugar, butter and molasses caramelize to transform these carrots into a sweet treat, balanced by savory pepper and rosemary.

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Mashed Potatoes

Six ingredients make for simple, yet incredibly decadent mashed potatoes.

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Pomegranate Quinoa Pilaf

Kelsey's pilaf takes minimal effort and delivers maximum flavor — the perfect combo for a holiday side dish. Plus, the addition of bright pomegranate seeds and scallions will brighten up your holiday table.

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Roasted Cauliflower

Cumin seeds and panko breadcrumbs give roasted cauliflower exotic spice and crunchy texture.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower