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Holiday Side Dishes 
Dec. 23, 2013 1:11 pm 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2013 5:58 am

No matter if you are serving prime rib, pork roast, turkey or ham for your holiday dinner, the parade of side dishes are as important as the main entree.  Maybe you have been asked to bring a dish to share, you might want to consider one of these family favorites.

Glazed Carrots


Glazed Carrots  Besides their vibrant color, I like these because the carrots can be peeled and blanched in advance.  Then they only take a few minutes to finish in a saute pan, coated with a honey butter glaze.

Green Beans with Bacon
Green Beans with Bacon



Green Beans with Bacon
In our family these are required.  I use organic frozen green beans from Costco. Fresh green beans are great too, but when making these for a crowd frozen green beans really speed up the preparation time.
I made 5 pounds of green beans for our gathering this past weekend and there wasn't a single bean left.


Holiday Potatoes


Holiday Potatoes  While mashed potatoes are much appreciated these rich and wonderful potatoes are a wonderful holiday treat.  They go especially well with ham, although in my family they go well with everything.  The best part is that these can be prepared ahead of time, the butter and cream are added just before baking.


Chef John's Twice Baked Potatoes


Chef John's Twice Baked Potatoes  Another great make ahead potato dish.  I love Chef John's technique for making these.  Another reason I like these is portion control.  One potato per person and I make a couple of extras for unexpected guests.  These can obviously be customized to suit your families tastes.


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Chef John's Perfect Mashed Potatoes   I don't actually use a 'recipe' for mashed potatoes but if you have had mashed potato problems this is a great recipe and it does have a video attached which shows some good tips to produce light, fluffy and lump free mashed potatoes.


Marianne's Blue Cheese dressing


My Favorite Blue Cheese Salad Dressing   I absolutely love Marianne's Blue Cheese salad dressing.  For me, beef and blue cheese are a match made it heaven.  I love a green salad with red pears, dried cherries, sweetened pecans and a little red onion.



Yorkshire pudding


Yorkshire Pudding  A tribute to my British family  - Yorkshire pudding is another requirement, especially with prime rib. These are savory popovers, not at all what Americans consider a pudding.   Serve along side a nice roast with plenty of gravy or au jus.


I hope you all have a joyous holiday surrounded by friends and family and wonderful food made with love.

Dec. 24, 2013 7:42 am
Baking Nana - Just this year I have decided to add Yorkshire Pudding with au jus to our Christmas Day menu alongside the prime rib! I'm not sure how it'll go over with my family - they are sometimes reluctant to try new things, but I know myself, hubby, and son-in-law will enjoy for sure. My parents will give them a try and probably like it as well. It's my sister and her family I'm not so sure about. Her daughter won't even eat the prime rib; I also have ham for her. :) I'm hoping they are good left-over so I don't have to waste any....; Just in case.
Dec. 24, 2013 7:42 am
Oh, and Merry Christmas to you and your family! May you find peace and joy throughout the New Year!
Dec. 24, 2013 2:30 pm
Merry Christmas Mother Ann - I bet that if they just try them they will love Yorkies!
Dec. 26, 2013 9:46 am
Good Morning Baking Nana! What a feast! Love your photos. I hope you had a great Christmas and Happy New Year to You. I pinned your green beans-they look so good.
Dec. 26, 2013 11:44 am
Thank you Lela. We had a great day - now to clean up the mess....
Dec. 26, 2013 6:53 pm
I did make your Yorkshire pudding for Christmas Eve - - it was my first time making them - - and your recipe was easy and they came out beautiful and delicious - thank you BN! Your website was certainly busy - and very much appreciated - I hope you had a joyous Christmas and are gearing up for a festive New Year!
Dec. 27, 2013 5:58 am
Good morning, luv2cook. The website was really hopping! A LOT of people waited until Christmas morning to figure out how to cook their roasts! I am glad the yorkshire pudding worked so well for you. It isn't hard but can be intimidating at first. I made them for Christmas dinner and they were so appreciated!
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Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site.
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
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Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
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There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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