CHRISTMAS SIDEKICKS: 3 Ways To Spice Up Your Side Dishes

written by Lucy Munene 22nd December 2018

We love a flavourful side dish to compliment a well-roasted turkey. How about switching it up this year and roasting your potatoes in duck fat or adding beetroot to your hummus? Here are some great ways to spice up three Christmas side dish staples.

 

Potatoes

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Hasselback Potatoes

You can use regular Yukon Golds, new potatoes or sweet potatoes for a healthier alternative. Either way, these are guaranteed to be a hit. Keep them whole and stuff them with cheese or skewer and separate the rings for a more impressive presentation.  

Duck Fat Potatoes

Switch up your regular baked potatoes by tossing them in rosemary, salt and pepper and duck fat then baking them to golden brown perfection. You will be rewarded with potatoes so rich in flavour you won’t need a sauce.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Whether you like them lumpy or creamy, mashed potatoes are a side dish staple. Switch up your simple mash by boiling your potatoes with as many cloves of garlic as you like. Mix in butter, sour cream and cream cheese then mash away and enjoy.

 

Spinach

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Sautéed Spinach

The simple flavours in this side dish can be elevated by adding in a lemon peel as you fry your spinach. Throw in a generous amount of garlic and chicken broth and enjoy your citrusy creation.

Spinach and Warm Mushroom Salad

Combine these two favourites in a hearty salad tossed in a bacon vinaigrette that will go well with meat heavy main dishes. Let the cooked mushrooms warm up the raw spinach and enjoy that extra crunch from the fried crispy bacon bits.

Wilted Spinach Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

Raw spinach may not appeal to everyone at your table so give them the option of this cooked salad. Hot chicken broth cooked with almonds, paprika and shallots poured over raw spinach will cook it just right.  

 

Beetroot

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Spiced Beetroot with Ginger

You don’t have to serve simple boiled beets as a side. Spice up them up with ginger, cinnamon, black pepper. Add lemon juice and brown sugar to give your dish some citrusy, sweet flavour and watch your guests savour it all.

Smoky Beetroot Hummus

Hummus is a great side dish and throwing in beets, chilli flakes and smoked paprika will give you an aesthetically pleasing smoky and spicy side dish guaranteed to add colour to your table.

Spice-roasted Beetroot

These will make a great alternative for anyone trying to avoid starchy potato sides. Roasting cubed beetroot in cumin, cloves, coriander, chilli flakes and sweet paprika will give your guests a sweet and spicy medley that will have them asking for more.

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