Christmas is the time to treat yourself to a hearty roast with family. Add these best-ever sides to your buffet line-up for a spectacular spread.
Our top sides include classic favourites like roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings. Or try a new twist like pigs in blankets stuffing balls or our cheesy sprout gratin.
For the ultimate selection, see our Christmas sides collection.
Sage & onion Yorkshire puddings
Take classic puds to the next level with these sage & onion Yorkshire puddings. These Yorkshire puddings are extra savoury with wedges of red onions and finely sliced sage leaves. Keep Christmas Day simple by making the batter the day before and keeping it chilled in the fridge.
For more scrumptious Yorkshire puds, see our Yorkshire pudding recipes.
Lemon, garlic & bay roast potatoes
Amp up your roasties with these lemon, garlic & bay roast potatoes. They’re great for a crowd as they’re gluten-free and vegan. Combine Maris Piper potatoes with a whole garlic bulb, fresh bay leaves and zingy lemon zest. Roast for 40 to 45 minutes until golden and crunchy and serve with the roasted garlic in its shell.
For more classic spuds, see our Christmas roast potato recipes.
Pigs-in-blankets Christmas stuffing balls
Mash-up two Christmas favourites with these pigs-in-blankets Christmas stuffing balls. Combine a sage & onion stuffing mix with sausagemeat and wrap in a rasher of streaky bacon or pancetta. Chopped chestnuts and dried cranberries add extra festive flavour to these moreish treats.
See more ideas in our Christmas trimmings collection.
Cheesy sprout gratin
Win over any sprout haters with this indulgent cheesy sprout gratin. This cheesy bake is full of melty cheddar, rich double cream and seasoned with thyme and shallots. Top it all off with crunchy panko breadcrumbs and chopped hazelnuts.
For more ways to spice up your sprouts, see our Christmas sprouts collection.
Crispy traybake stuffing
Stuffing has never been easier with our crispy traybake stuffing. Combine Bramley apple, Cumberland sausages, chopped chestnuts and breadcrumbs. Assemble and keep in the fridge for up to two days. Serve with a scattering of sage leaves on top.
See our Christmas stuffing recipes for more sausagemeat recipes and vegetarian alternatives.
Wild mushroom & madeira gravy
Cover your plate in this wild mushroom & madeira gravy. This vegetarian sauce gets its savoury flavours from wild mushrooms, brown miso and balsamic vinegar. If you’re catering for vegetarians and meat eaters, divide your gravy into two jugs – keep one veggie and whisk your carving juices from whatever meat you’re roasting into the other.
For more ideas, see our Christmas gravy recipes.
Treat yourself to these dauphinoise potatoes on Christmas Day. Cook thin slices of King Edward or Maris Piper potatoes with gooey gruyère cheese and thick double cream. Bake for 30 mins until the potatoes are soft and browned with a crispy top.
Find more creamy bakes in our dauphinoise potatoes recipes.
Creamy brioche bread sauce
Dollop a generous portion of this creamy brioche bread sauce on your Christmas dinner plate. This festive favourite isn’t your average bread sauce. Blitz brioche bread in a food processor and simmer with butter and double cream for a super creamy result. Full of cloves, bay leaves, black peppercorns and nutmeg, this sauce is loaded with flavour.
See our bread sauce recipes for more inspiration.
Cider-braised cabbage wedges
Add some colour to your festive spread with these cider-braised cabbage wedges. The flavours of caramelised onion and red cabbage pair beautifully with cinnamon sticks, balsamic vinegar and dry cider. Simmer your ingredents for 40-50 mins until the cabbage is tender with a slight bite and you have a glossy sauce.
For more serving ideas, see our red cabbage recipes.
Sloe gin cranberry sauce
This boozy sloe gin cranberry sauce is a great addition to any Christmas spread. If using frozen cranberries, simply cook the mixture for 5-8 mins more, or until the berries are soft and the mixture is syrupy. Make this festive staple up to four days in advance if chilled, or two months ahead if frozen.
See more sauces in our craberry sauce collection.
Herb-buttered baby carrots
Keep Christmas Day stress-free with these herb-buttered baby carrots. Make the butter sauce a few days ahead by mashing butter, terragon, parsley and wholegrain mustard together, and chilling until needed. Save space on the hob by microwaving the carrots for 8-10 mins until they are just tender, then toss with the herby butter and serve immediately.
See our carrot recipes for more ideas.
Classic pigs in blankets
These classic pigs in blankets are an essential on every Christmas dinner table. These family favourites are incredible easy and require only two ingredients. Wrap rashers of streaky bacon around chipolatas and bake for 30-35 mins until golden. Or try our unique versions including black pudding, butternut squash and chestnuts.
See more Christmas bites in our pigs-in-blankets collection.
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