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26 Holiday Side Dish Recipes and Ideas

Holiday Cranberry SauceIf you're in search of the perfect Thanksgiving sides or Christmas side dishes, pick among our best holiday side dishes with our collection, 26 Holiday Side Dish Recipes and Ideas. This collection is packed with quick holiday side dish recipes that you can make in your slow cooker--quickly, because their preparation is simple! There is a fluster of activity in the kitchen around the holidays, and preparing several dishes at once can be overwhelming, particularly when you have limited oven space. That's where your oven comes in! Our holiday side dish recipes and ideas are perfect, because all of them can be made in your slow cooker, leaving space in your oven for your turkey or roast.

Plan your Christmas menu or your Thanksgiving side dishes list with our collection of easy slow cooker recipes. From savory, to sweet, this collection of holiday recipes for side dishes caters to every taste and preference. We've broken down this collection into helpful categories, including Thanksgiving Side Dishes, Christmas Side Dishes, and Holiday Side Dishes for Both. So, make the best holiday meal on the block this year with, using our fabulous holiday side dishes. Of course, you can interchange any of these holiday side dishes as you please--pick what you like, and use it for your next holiday celebration.

Slow Cooker Side Dish Recipes

For even more delicious side dish recipes, check out our free eCookbook, "Show-Stealing Side Dishes: 20 of the Best Slow Cooker Side Dish Recipes."

26 Holiday Side Dish Recipes and Ideas

Table of Contents

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Christmas Side Dishes

Holiday Side Dishes for Both


Thanksgiving Side Dishes

We've got recipes for Thanksgiving sides that are both traditional and nontraditional. These are the easiest Thanksgiving side dish recipes around, because you can make them in your slow cooker! With any of these Thanksgiving side dishes, you can throw the ingredients into your slow cooker and let them cook. Among our Thanksgiving side dishes, corn, green beans and sweet potatoes have all made our Thanksgiving side dishes list. We also have some creative recipe ideas using acorn squash and exciting flavorful combinations. You won't regret adding one or more of these Thanksgiving side dishes to your Thanksgiving side dishes

Two-Hour Cornbread Stuffing

  1. Two-Hour Cornbread Stuffing (Shown Above)
  2. Sweet Potato and Apple "Bake"
  3. Slow Cooker Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  4. Traditional Slow Cooker Stuffing
  5. Slow Cooker Stuffing with Apple and Sausage
  6. Slow Cooker Squashed Dressing
  7. Sister's Green Bean Casserole
  8. Perfect Homemade Stuffing
  9. Mashed Sweet Potatoes for Six
  10. Apple Stuffing
  11. Hope's Sweet and Savory Homemade Stuffing
  12. Decadent Sweet Potato Casserole
  13. Candied Acorn Squash


Christmas Side Dishes

The stars of a Christmas menu are truly its sides. Make your Christmas menu extra special this year with one or more of these Christmas dinner sides from our Christmas side recipe collection. Mix and match Christmas side dish recipes, depending on what will go best with your main course. Pick something sweet and something savory, and you'll have a harmonious menu in no time. These are easy Christmas side dishes, and they're soon to become family favorites!


Orange Marmalade Glaced Carrots


  1. Broccoli with Toasted Garlic and Hazelnuts
  2. Orange Marmalade Glazed Carrots
  3. Walnut and Sage Potatoes Au Gratin
  4. Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Dressing
  5. Italian Mashed Potatoes
  6. Holiday Cranberry Sauce
  7. Annie's Savory Green Bean Casserole


If you enjoyed these holiday slow cooker recipes, then you will love our guide, "How to Cook a Ham in a Slow Cooker: 10 Easy Slow Cooker Ham Recipes" once the holidays roll around.

Holiday Side Dishes for Both

As we've said, any of the holiday side dishes in whole collection could be used for Thanksgiving or Christmas. We thought the fabulous holiday side dishes below had the most crossover potential. These holiday recipes for side dishes could also be used year-round. Test these recipes out for the holidays and find out if you like them!

Creamy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes


  1. Creamy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes (Shown Above)
  2. Slow Cooker Irish Potatoes Recipe
  3. Bread Rolls in the Slow Cooker
  4. Zin Cranberries
  5. Cranberry Apple Sauce
  6. Cory's Slow Cooker Stuffing

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