- 29 Side Dishes To Turn Your Meatloaf Into A Meal
- 15 Ham Recipes For A Crazy-Flavorful Easter Dinner
- Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole
- Air Fryer Crispy Potatoes
- Pear Salad
- Gluten Free Stuffing
- Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Air Fryer Green Beans
- Gluten-Free Gravy
- Sweet Potato Gratin
- Gluten-Free Pie Crust
- Apple Cider Braised Brisket
- Cheesy Bacon Butternut Squash
- Gluten-Free Christmas Pudding
- Creamed Spinach
- Hasselback Potatoes
- Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Salad
- Perfect Roast Beef
- 40 Side Dishes That Go Perfectly With Ham
- Sweet Potato Pudding
- Gluten-Free Almond Thumbprints
- Baked Pumpkin Risotto
- Harissa Deviled Eggs
- Grapefruit & Goat Cheese Fennel Salad
- Best Almond Cake
- Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
- Peppermint Meringues
- Best Gluten-Free Cheesecake
29 Side Dishes To Turn Your Meatloaf Into A Meal
Hot take: Serving up a gluten-free holiday feast does not have to be complicated! As it turns out, so many of our favorite holiday foods are naturally gluten-free, no fancy substitutions needed. Don’t believe us? Get back to us after you have a hearty plateful of our all-time Christmas classics, like hasselback potatoes, apple cider braised brisket, and cheesy bacon butternut squash. Don’t be surprised if the gluten-free dishes at your get-together are the first to vanish!
We have to admit that a few of the holiday classics are not as friendly for gluten-free guests. We nixed the regular flour and bread crumbs common in many holiday dishes (like in our gluten-free green bean casserole, gluten-free stuffing, and gluten-free gravy) to make versions you might find are just as good (if not better!) than the originals.
If you’ve yet to experiment with almond flour, now is the time! It’s the key to so many of our favorite gluten-free desserts and lends a nutty flavor and richness to our almond cake, gluten-free Christmas pudding, and gluten-free thumbprint cookies. Santa will absolutely not be mad about eating a batch of our amaretti cookies. 😋
Looking for more gluten free cooking? Try all of our gluten-free Christmas cookies, gluten-free appetizers, gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts, and gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes. And if you ever wondered what exactly is gluten and what happens to your body when you go gluten-free, we’ve got tons of handy guides about this mysterious protein.
15 Ham Recipes For A Crazy-Flavorful Easter Dinner
Beyond the eye-popping pineapple rings and bright maraschino cherries, the glaze here lends a shine and texture to the ham’s caramelized crust. Brushing the ham and fruit three times (or about every 15 minutes) with the glaze should be just enough to create a nicely caramelized outside while also infusing the ham with sweet pineapple notes.
Get the Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham recipe.
Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole
Never has there ever been a holiday table without green bean casserole. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but you get the point. It’s an American classic everyone knows but not everyone gets the opportunity to enjoy due to dietary restrictions or eating lifestyles. We love this gluten-free version because it gets more forks involved, but even more for its rich, punchy flavors.
Get the Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole recipe.
Air Fryer Crispy Potatoes
The air fryer works some kind of magic on potatoes—they get extra-crispy all over and stay perfectly soft on the inside. Toss them in just a little bit of oil so all of the seasonings stick to make these the most delicious potatoes ever.
Get the Air Fryer Potatoes recipe.
This simple yet satisfying wintery salad packs a flavorful punch with slightly smoky seared pears, creamy blue cheese, and ultra-crunchy candied pumpkin seeds. Tied together by a sweet-sour honey vinaigrette, it’s the perfect holiday side (or add some protein to make it a main!).
Get the Pear Salad recipe.
Gluten Free Stuffing
Many would argue that the table just isn’t complete without a big dish of classic stuffing. But what about your friends and family with allergies that prevent them from eating wheat? This gluten-free stuffing will save the day—and spoiler alert, it tastes exactly the same as the real thing.
Get the Gluten-Free Stuffing recipe.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
You know the only thing that may be better than mashed potatoes? Roasted garlic mashed potatoes! That extra-savory flavor from melty, roasted garlic adds the perfect kick to classic mashed spuds (we also add a splash of tangy balsamic vinegar to kick them up a notch).
Get the Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe.
Air Fryer Green Beans
These simple green beans come with a treat: 8 cloves of creamy, buttery garlic that get air-fried alongside the green beans for bites of roasted garlic that don’t involve turning on your oven.
Get the Air Fryer Green Beans recipe.
Just because you can’t eat gluten doesn’t mean you can’t have AMAZING gravy. Butter, herbs, and seasoning make this gravy DIVINE.
Get the Gluten-Free Gravy recipe.
Sweet Potato Gratin
Just like the OG potatoes au gratin, these sweet potatoes are layered with plenty of cheese and herby cream sauce and baked until golden brown and bubbly. Add this to your holiday spread (Grandma will never see it coming), or serve with easy baked chicken breast and roasted broccolini.
Get the Sweet Potato Gratin recipe.
We love classic sautéed Brussels sprouts paired with our turkey, but sometimes we crave something with a bit more kick. These slightly spicy salty-sweet sprouts make for a unique and easy fall salad that can be served warm or cold (so you can prep them ahead of time!).
Get the Shredded Brussels Sprouts recipe.
Gluten-Free Pie Crust
Finding a good pie crust when you’re not gluten-free is already tough (our classic pie crust took us several tries to get just right)—imagine when you need to avoid flour! Fortunately, our gluten-free pie crust has been tested and perfected. The secret to perfect GF pie crust? Cold sour cream!
Get the Gluten-Free Pie Crust recipe.
Apple Cider Braised Brisket
Apple cider adds a subtle sweetness to a classic brisket, and after letting it braise low and slow, it will be as tender as possible. Letting the potatoes and carrots cook with the brisket flavors them from the inside out, and the whole dish will be deeply savory. The veggies cooked along with any kind of roasted or braised meat, like in a roast chicken, are always favorites. You’ll be certainly celebrating having plenty of leftovers after your holiday get-together.
Get the Apple Cider Braised Brisket recipe.
Cheesy Bacon Butternut Squash
No matter what the centerpiece of your meal is, this cheesy butternut squash skillet is sure to steal the show. The balance of sweet, salty, and creamy is EXTREMELY delicious.
Get the Cheesy Bacon Butternut Squash recipe.
Gluten-Free Christmas Pudding
Christmas pudding might not be the dessert you make every year, but we are here to suggest you start! This one is gluten-free, which will help give you a break from all of the heavy (but delicious) desserts on the table. Full of dried fruit and nuts and topped with a brandy sauce… what’s not to love? Plus, Christmas pudding can be made up to 3 MONTHS in advance! Store, tightly wrapped, in the fridge, then bring to room temperature before serving.
Get the Gluten-Free Christmas Pudding recipe.
Creamed spinach is a simple side dish that is also the perfect way to use up an abundance of dying spinach. The creaminess pairs perfectly with whatever you serve on the holiday and will make you (and your vegetarian guests) forget you’re eating greens!
Get the Creamed Spinach recipe.
Hasselbackspotatis, aka hasselback potatoes, are a Swedish invention that transforms a humble baked potato into an ingenious work of art. Each potato is partially sliced into a row of thin slivers that then get brushed with oil or butter and baked to roasty-toasty crispy-crunchy perfection. For lovers of baked potatoes and potato chips, the hasselback potato is going to be a taste of spud heaven.
Get the Hasselback Potatoes recipe.
Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Salad
Making this salad might seem intimidating, but it doesn’t actually require much prep. Tossed with a combo of toasted almonds, shaved Parmesan, and pomegranate seeds, Brussels make a great side for any variety of holiday dinner.
Get the Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Salad recipe.
If you like the flavor of French macarons, you’ll love this take on Italian amaretti cookies. Soft, pillowy, moist, sweet, and lightly scented with amaretto liqueur as well as citrus zests, these cookies get made multiple times a season, year after year.
Get the Amaretti Cookies recipe.
After baking brown-sugar-butter-slathered squash until perfectly tender, you’ll top the squash with a hearty filling of quinoa, kale, and chickpeas. Flecked with dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds, the savory pilaf has the perfect balance of texture, flavor, and pops of color.
Get the Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe.
Perfect Roast Beef
Roast beef might sound fancy and complicated to make, but it’s actually quite simple! With a good piece of meat and some simple herbs, you can have roast beef that’s way more tender and flavorful than the store-bought kind.
Get the Perfect Roast Beef recipe.
40 Side Dishes That Go Perfectly With Ham
Just a heads up: Any dish that features the word “candied” is bound to be on the sweet side and more than likely something you won’t be eating every day. That said, don’t be shy about the amount of butter and brown sugar that goes into these candied carrots: Decadence is the goal here!
Get the Candied Carrots recipe.
Sweet Potato Pudding
This silky smooth sweet potato pudding is a lighter, simplified cousin of sweet potato casserole without the topping or crust. It’s essentially the filling of sweet potato pie with an optional whipped cream or marshmallow fluff topping. No crust or crimping fuss required! The texture is smooth like a pudding but, after chilling, holds its shape similar to cold ice cream. If you like, add toasted, chopped pecans and toasted coconut for a little more flair.
Get the Sweet Potato Pudding recipe.
Gluten-Free Almond Thumbprints
The buttery, gluten-free base to these versatile cookies pairs well with just about any filling. Pair them with raspberry, blackberry, strawberry—the world is your oyster when it comes to these adorable, bite-size treats.
Get the Gluten-Free Almond Thumbprints recipe.
Baked Pumpkin Risotto
Baked, not stirred, this recipe for pumpkin risotto takes some of the work off the chef without sacrificing that classic risotto flavor and texture. And it’s not just pumpkin and butternut squash that bring the fall flavor in this dish—a sprinkle of goat cheese, parsley, and the tart-sweet touch of dried cranberries round out the earthy autumnal vibes.
Get the Baked Pumpkin Risotto recipe.
Harissa Deviled Eggs
Classic deviled eggs get a smoky kick from harissa (Tunisian chili pepper paste) in this simple but flavorful deviled eggs recipe. Topped with crispy fried shallots and fresh cilantro, it may stray pretty far from the original, but it’s just as delicious.
Get the Harissa Deviled Eggs recipe.
Grapefruit & Goat Cheese Fennel Salad
For this salad, we paired crisp licorice-y fennel with juicy grapefruit, briny Kalamata olives, creamy goat cheese, and some rich toasted pine nuts. Most things are highly adjustable: Swap in your favorite citrus for the grapefruit, ditch the cheese and substitute with avocado for a dairy-free version, or swap in your favorite nut or seed for the pine nuts—just make sure they’re toasted!
Get the Grapefruit & Goat Cheese Fennel Salad recipe.
Best Almond Cake
This almond cake couldn’t be easier—no dragging out the stand mixer, no sprinkling flour on the counter, and definitely no separating egg yolks. This is one of those gluten-free and dairy-free recipes that you’ll turn to again and again. If you’re crazy about citrus cakes, go heavy on the zest (any type!) and your cake will shine like the sun.
Get the Best Almond Cake recipe.
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
Jalapeño poppers are one of the easiest, most satisfying party apps. Mix cream cheese with pepper Jack, stuff it in jalapeños, and wrap it all in bacon. In the oven, the cheese gets hot and melty and the peppers mellow slightly. The combination is PERFECT.
Get the Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers recipe.
A cookie box filled with a wide assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors is such a treat to gift during the holidays. These peppermint meringues are the perfect addition to add a pop of color and fun. They practically scream “holiday!” and they taste fantastic as well.
Get the Peppermint Meringues recipe.
Best Gluten-Free Cheesecake
Typically a cheesecake crust is made out of crushed graham crackers. You can look for gluten-free grahams—or make a crust with almond flour like ours, which is so delicious. We also like to add a little bit of flour to our cheesecake batter so that it holds together. Here, we add a gluten-free flour, but you can sub in almond flour if you don’t mind a nuttier flavor and texture.
Get the Gluten-Free Cheesecake recipe.