10 Fast Holiday Sides
Mashed Potatoes with Butternut Squash
For ultrafluffy potatoes, Grace Parisi presses them through a ricer. To achieve a similar texture, pass the potatoes through a food mill or a fine-mesh sieve. If you choose to mash them by hand, be gentle; otherwise, the potatoes will turn gluey.
Spicy Braised Escarole
Chef Andrew Carmellini prepares this dish with homemade bread crumbs and hard-to-find Sicilian oregano. To speed up this delicious side, top spicy greens with crispy panko (packaged Japanese bread crumbs) and a touch of supermarket oregano.
Green Bean-and-Blood Orange Salad
“Blood oranges are part of my Sicily fascination,” Renato Poliafito says. He uses the segments to add color and tang to green beans and reduces the juice with balsamic vinegar to make the dressing.
Creamy Baked Orzo with Goat Cheese
Lemony Brussels Sprout Slaw
To make this refreshingly lemony slaw, start with firm brussels sprouts and shred them in a food processor. Roasted sunflower seeds are the perfect finish.
Braised Greens with Tomatoes
You can use any sturdy greens, such as chard, mustard greens, kale or young collards.
Carrots with Tahini Dressing
“I like the clean flavors in this dish,” says Sam Mogannam of this incredibly simple side, which is as good with turkey as it is with steamed fish, roast chicken or pork.
Fennel, Apple and Celery Salad with Watercress
To maintain crispness, toss the salad just before serving.