With your perfectly chosen gifts beautifully wrapped and tucked neatly under the tree, your lovely decor creating a whimsical aesthetic, and the rain-slicked highways jammed with weary travelers looking to get an early start on their journey home, it’s clear that Christmas is nearly here.
As Santa loads his sleigh against the frosty, windswept north pole backdrop, checking his list one more time, and the tide of barely remembered relatives pile into their cars to begin the arduous trek to see the in-laws, frantic last-minute preparations can be seen nearly everywhere you look.
If you’ve found your own pre-celebration prep has left your table shy of a side dish suitable for the festive AF feast you’ve prepared, there’s still time to get cooking without the need to brave the 9th circle of hell that is the jam-packed aisles of a grocery store on Christmas Eve.
Whether you’re looking to create a few holiday classics like soft and buttery creamed corn or a healthier dish like roasted cauliflower to impress your ever-judgemental mother in law, no matter what’s missing from your meal, you can craft a Christmas dinner worthy of remembering for years to come.
7 Last Minute Holiday Sides You Can Make With What’s in Your Pantry Right Now
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn – Gimme Some Oven: A warm and filling holiday dish nearly as easy to make as it is delicious. This side is the perfect option for the chef with a tightly packed schedule, and between the simple prep and rich flavor, you’ll be just as fond of it as your holiday visitors will be.
Easy Pan Roasted Vegetables – Minimalist Baker: The vibrant hues of these roasted veggies can add a pop of color to your celebration while keeping your holiday meal vegan and vegetarian-friendly. Between spices and oils, this simple recipe can quickly and easily be made to complement any meal’s flavor.
Creamy Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes – Jar Of Lemons: Add a new twist on the age-old side that has graced tables during the holidays for years by swapping Idaho potatoes for red, and spicing them with a bit of fresh chopped garlic. Plant-based butter and a little almond milk add richness and delightfully smooth texture while still keeping this dish vegan.
Creamy Stovetop Brussels + Shells – A Beautiful Mess: The perfect compliment for a cold winter night shared in a warm home with friends and family, these creamy shells and Brussel Sprouts make an ideal addition to any holiday meal and are also fully capable of stealing the spotlight as the entree for an evening around the fire.
Roasted Sweet Potato Stacks – Recipe Tin Eats: These sweet stacks are the perfect addition to your family’s holiday favorites, with crip edges and a buttery flavor that pairs well with almost any entree you can imagine. Not only do these delightful yams make for the perfect side at the dinner table, but they are also ideal hors d’oeuvres.
Whole Roasted Sicilian Cauliflower, Vegan & Gluten-Free – The Colorful Kitchen: This bright dish is not only delicious, but the ideal way to bring the whole family together with a simple to make, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free menu-item. Fresh garlic, minced capers, and crushed red pepper add a delightful hint of spice to the savory flavor of this delicious dish.
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries & Pecans – Cookie + Kate: A combination of traditional and modern holiday flavors, this balsamic delight blends the sweetness of cranberries and pecans with the warm, savory roasted flavor of the Brussel Sprouts. A delightful accompaniment for just about any meal, this recipe brings out the best in all of its ingredients in a simple yet irresistible way.