It's not a Christmas dinner without some potatoes! Holiday side dishes are the most important part of the meal if you ask me, and without some Christmas potatoes your Holiday table will not be complete. Get some ideas for great potato side dishes here to wow your family and friends. Ideas for using up leftover potatoes as well.
Why Christmas Potatoes?
If you are here chances are you LOVE potatoes.
And I am talking love love.
I spend a long time deciding what potato recipes I am going to be making for Christmas dinner. More time than I spend on any other element of Christmas dinner preparation.
There will always be at least 3 potato options on our Holiday table. And when I say at least, I mean at least....there usually tends to end up being 5 options. I mean you can see why:
- There has to be a mashed potato. I mean is it even a Holiday dinner if there is no mash option? You pair it with the gravy and some peas and it is pretty much potato heaven.
- There has to be a roast potato option. You need the crispiness. Once again, not Christmas if there isn't a roasted potato on that table.
- I am quite partial to a cheesey au gratin, and I really only ever make it once a year so that one has to be there too.
- Salted baby potatoes are delicious....just sayin'.
- And then I always end up coming across some other random recipe in the Christmas mags and I just have to.
So easy to make ALL the Christmas dinner potatoes.
What About The Leftovers?
Don't even get me started on talking about leftover potatoes.
They are my FAVORITE!
Reheated leftover mashed potato is hands down the best cure for a post-Holiday mini hangover if you go too hard the night before. It's also delicious if you don't have a hangover.
I also use leftover mash to make some bread rolls and Irish potato farls and then freeze them for later if they don't all get eaten asap. They are perfect for making tater tots as well, which freeze really well and are always a hit with the kids!
Are Christmas Potatoes Only For Christmas?
When I say Christmas potatoes I don't actually mean potatoes you can only eat on Christmas day. I mean potatoes that give you that sense of excitement you get on Christmas day.
Potatoes that are for a special occasion such as Thanksgiving, Easter or a family event.
One that you wouldn't necessarily spend the time on during a busy week, that you reserve for special times.
You get me?
So settle in. I have 33 amazing Easy Potato Side Dishes From Scratch (aka Christmas Potatoes) to get your creative juices flowing and to get you in the spirit.
Christmas Dinner Potatoes
It's not a Christmas dinner without some potatoes! Holiday side dishes are the most important part of the meal, and without some Christmas potatoes your Holiday table will not be complete. Get some ideas for great potato side dishes here to wow your family and friends.
Potato Adobo Vegan Tamales (including pressure cooker instructions)
It's tradition for a lot of people in the US (and elsewhere) to enjoy Tamales over the Holidays. Get the family together and make a big batch of Potato Adobo Tamales and enjoy these as your Christmas Eve meal.
Smoked Salmon Potato Appetizers with Sour Cream Dip
Baked mini potatoes, topped with smoked salmon alongside a simple sour cream and dill dip. This easy potato appetizer makes the best party potatoes. Your guests will LOVE them.
Crispy Roasted Potatoes and Arugula Salad
Delicious spiced roasted potatoes sit atop a bed of peppery arugula in this quick and easy warm salad recipe. A side dish that’s full of bright flavours and complimentary textures.
Grilled Potato Salad with Cream Fraiche Dressing
This colorful grilled potato salad with cream fraiche dressing looks and tastes gourmet, but it’s surprisingly easy to make!
Creamy Irish Mushroom and Potato Soup
If you are anything like me you enjoy a nice bowl of soup to kick of the Holiday eating. Mushroom and Potato soup is luscious and creamy and makes the perfect start to any Holiday meal.
Instant Pot Potato Soup with Cheddar and Leek
If you want to speed the soup making process up a bit then go on ahead and make your potato cheddar and leek soup in the instant pot!
Easy Smashed Potatoes With Garlic Butter and Rosemary
This one is a no brainer. It can be prepped ahead of time and is always a firm favourite on the Holiday table.
Smashed Oregano Lemon Garlic Potatoes with Feta
Smashed Oregano Lemon Garlic Potatoes with Feta make the perfect addition to your family table. Perfectly cooked potatoes, fluffy on the inside and crispy on the edges, they are doused in butter, plenty of garlic and fresh oregano. A sprinkle of feta and a squeeze of lemon before serving, and you have the perfect Greek Style Potatoes for an amazing side you won’t forget any time soon.
Maple Roasted Small Potatoes
Small potatoes are great for roasting, and mixed with maple syrup and some tomatoes and rosemary they make the perfect addition to your Holiday table.
Hasselback Sage and Parmesan Sweet Potatoes
Don't forget the sweet potatoes! Cutting slices into the sweet potato and stuffing with butter and herbs makes for a slice that is crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the outside. Hasselback before the big day and just throw into the oven when you are ready to kick things off.
Roast Potatoes with Garlic, Herbs and Parmesan
These roast potatoes are crunchy on the outside and light and fluffy in the middle, the perfect addition to your Holiday table.
Muffin Tin Potato Stacks with Gouda Cheese ~ A Gouda Life
Muffin Tin Potato Stacks with gouda cheese. Buttery, thinly sliced potatoes layered with smoked gouda cheese baked single serve in muffin tins until tender with crispy golden edges.
Sweet Potato Stacks and Garlic Potato Stacks
Sweet Potato Stacks and Yukon Gold Garlic Potato Stacks – filled with incredible spices and cheese flavor baked in the same muffin pan creating easy entertaining assistance for the holidays!
Best Ever Melting Potatoes
Melting potatoes are best ever melt-in-your-mouth, super delicious potato recipe! These oven roasted melting potatoes are wonderfully caramelized on the outside, delicate and creamy inside. Talk about new ways to cook spuds, this is it!
Melt-In-Your-Mouth Turmeric Potatoes
Deliciously spiced and ever so slightly crisp on the outside, these melt-in-your-mouth Turmeric Potatoes are a favorite in our home.
Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes
I love these crispy herb roasted potatoes because they are so tender, crispy, and garlicky. Roasted to perfection with fresh rosemary, thyme, and garlic. One of my favorite roasted potato side dishes!
Colcannon Irish Potatoes: Traditional Irish Food
These are always something special to have on the Holiday table. Although known world over as a traditional St Patricks Day treat, these are also a firm favourite to be enjoyed over the Holidays. Loaded up with cabbage and leeks they have so much flavour and are always super popular!
Blue Cheese Mashed Potato with Bacon
Ready in 30 minutes, this side is quick and easy to make. Easily made ahead of time, this creamy and loaded mashed potato recipe is sure to please!
Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes
Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes are luxuriously creamy without any milk or butter. This easy Mediterranean inspired recipe is the ultimate side dish for holidays.
Mashed Potatoes With Caramelized Shallots and Garlic -
Baby red potatoes mashed with crispy and sweet shallots and garlic mixed with vegan butter and non dairy milk are perfect for your Holiday table
Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
These Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes make cooking for a crowd easy! From start to finish these potatoes are cooked, mashed and blended in the crock pot! Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter dinner!
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Fried Onions and Bacon
These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with fried onions and bacon are going to be your new favorite holiday dish!
Gluten free, Dairy free Scalloped Potatoes
These gluten free, dairy free Scalloped Potatoes are a much lighter version of the old classic side dish. You don’t need the heavy cream and cheeses to make this delicious potato dish.
Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes | Simply Happy Foodie
Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes are cheesy, and have a delicious flavor, especially when you use a smoky ham and some nice cheese for extra creaminess. These pressure cooker cheesy scalloped potatoes cook much faster than in the oven, and are my family’s favorite Christmas side.
Sweet Potato Gratin with Brown Sugar Pecan Streusel
This sweet potato gratin with brown sugar pecan streusel topping is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!
Potato Gratin with Aged Gouda Cheese
Potato Gratin is an extremely popular dish, and there are good reasons for that. It’s easy to make, can be made in larger portions to feed a crowd, and has those universally loved flavors of potatoes and cheese.
Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes and Apples is a delicious Holiday side dish. This is an easy recipe to make, and is lightly sweet. Crock pot sweet potatoes and apples is a favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipe.
rustic potato and brussels sprouts au gratin
Creamy cheese, tender potatoes and brussels sprouts, and a hearty addition of fresh rosemary makes the creamiest, most fragrant, and surprisingly easiest au gratin. This rustic potato and brussels sprouts au gratin dish is delicious for Sunday dinner or as a holiday side.
Crispy Leaf Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes
Duck fat potatoes with fresh rosemary and salt flakes are full of flavor, a new take on roasted potatoes. Perfect for Christmas, Thanksgiving or a holiday feast.
Pesto potatoes are a healthier, lighter alternative to potato salads
These pesto potatoes make for a hearty and flavorful side dish which packs in a ton of flavor from the pesto dressing. Made with fresh basil and pea pesto, this salad has no added mayo or cream, making this a healthier version of a classic potato salad
Leftover Mashed Potatoes Tater Tots
Leftover mashed potatoes? Not to worry, make up a big batch of your own homemade tater tots and everyone will be happy. Cook them up and freeze so you have them on hand for the rest of the busy season.
Pillowy Potato Biscuits using Leftover Mashed Potatoes
Lots of leftover mashed potatoes after your Christmas feast? Not to worry, whip up a batch of these potato biscuits to enjoy with the rest of your leftovers. They freeze well also , so you can enjoy them for months to come.
Potato is a staple in the diets of many people, it is a much beloved vegetable and these side dishes are an amazing scrumptious idea for my upcoming dinner party! Thank you for sharing.
Jane Saunders says
It's definitely the season for potatoes - this is a fabulous collection of recipes.
Ooh it's always the season for potatoes around here 🙂
I can't wait to start working my way through this list! It all looks delicious!
Can never go wrong with a good potato dish!