The Quickest, Easiest Sides for Your Holiday Table

When it comes to holiday menu prep, think of your side dishes as one super-easy way to cut down on effort this holiday season.
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5MINUTE INDIVIDUAL POTATO GRATINS Melissa d’Arabian Food Network Star/FN Star Finale Food Network Vegetable Spray, Russet Potatoes, Swiss Cheese, Green Onions, Salt, Pepper, Heavy Cream

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That gift list won't shop itself, and as for trimming the tree and decking the halls before everyone arrives, let's just say your hands are full well until New Year's Day. When it comes to holiday menu prep, think of your side dishes as one super-easy way to cut down on effort this holiday season. These quick and easy  holiday side dishes won't take too much attention away from all the work you must do in the gift-wrapping, roast-monitoring and guest-hugging departments — and they'll be just as delicious.

Make It Mini

The secret to making this rich, typically simple potato side even more effortless lies in your muffin tin. These  Individual Potato Gratins (pictured above) are faster to cook and easier to serve than the casserole dish rendition, and they're just as delicious.

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Take a Nod from Thanksgiving

A few weeks back, if the turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, pies and so much more didn't fill up your guests, a few bites of bready, stick-to-your-ribs stuffing was sure to do the trick. Satisfy your Christmas crowd with Giada De Laurentiis'  Christmas Stuffing with Bacon, which is super-filling (thanks to two types of rice) and takes minimal prep.

YORKSHIRE PUDDING Tyler Florence How to Boil Water/Christmas Made Easy Food Network Allpurpose Flour, Salt, Eggs, Milk, Pan Drippings from Roast Prime Rib

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Waste Not, Want Not

It would be a crime to let the pan drippings from your labored-over roast prime rib go to waste. Do as the English do and save it to make Tyler Florence's easy, 30-minute  Yorkshire Pudding.

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Go for Speed

The step-heavy vegetable tarts and oven-bound dishes might fit the celebratory of the holidays, but it's also possible to make a special dish in no time at all. Food Network Magazine's rich, luxurious  Creamed Spinach takes 16 minutes from start to finish.

Food Network Rachel Ray Christmas Pasta

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Choose Make-Ahead Dishes

Quick-fix pasta is a lifesaver on a weeknight, and the same goes for your holiday dinner prep. Fix Rachael Ray's festive  Christmas Pasta, filled with veggies and three types of meat, ahead. The longer it sits in the fridge, the better it gets.

Check out more holiday side dish ideas from our friends of #FallFest:

The Fed Up Foodie:  Creamy Dreamy Scallop Potatoes

Dishin and Dishes:  Roasted Cinnamon Vanilla Almonds

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