Are you ready to start planning which Italian side dishes for Christmas you want to include for your Christmas dinner? I’m making it easy for you by providing the following side dishes that are easy and simple to make, making any a perfect choice for your Christmas dinner.
Italian Side Dishes for Christmas
Here are some ideas for Italian Christmas dinner sides that everyone around the table will enjoy. These are easy and simple recipes that will help make your festive dinner enjoyable and delicious with family and friends.
Some of these recipes are my own and others are from my fellow food bloggers.
Italian Marinated Mushrooms
This recipe is a delightful side dish that can be served warm or cool. Simple ingredients yet powerful Italian flavor. Check out the marinated mushrooms recipe here.
Sauteed Rapini (Broccoli Rabe or Rabb)
This easy recipe uses Rapini, aka Broccoli rabe, an Italian-style broccoli. It’s a great Italian side dish that will add nutrition to your Christmas meal. Get the recipe here.
Garlicky Roasted Potatoes
This recipe is very simple and perfect for those who love garlic! Here’s the recipe.
This Italian recipe uses only 4 ingredients, zucchini being one of them obviously. It is an easy Italian side dish that goes great with a roast for Christmas. Here’s the recipe.
Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto
Elegant and simple, this asparagus with prosciutto recipe will be enjoyed by all. Enjoy the recipe here.
Fried Artichoke Hearts (from a jar or can)
Artichokes normally take a long time to prepare, but this recipe uses artichoke hearts from a jar or can making this a super easy recipe to follow. Check the recipe out here.
Olive Onion Focaccia
This could also serve as an appetizer, but I think with the right setting, this could make a great accompanying side dish for a Christmas dinner that has pasta as a main or secondary dish. Here’s the fun recipe.
Italian Christmas Side Dishes with Pesto
Brussel Sprouts with Pesto
Here’s a wonderful Italian-infused version of brussels sprouts using pesto to add bright and delightful Italian flavors. Here’s the recipe.
Roasted Carrots and Dates
Here’s a healthy side dish that is sweetened with dates and bursting with color and flavor. Here’s the recipe.
Here’s a bright recipe that uses toasted almonds and pesto on top of cooked broccolini. If you’re unsure if pesto will be appreciated by everyone around the dinner table, then I recommend serving the pesto on the side. Here’s the recipe.
Italian Christmas Side Dishes with Meat or Seafood
Air Fryer Calamari
Ever hear of air frying your calamari? Here’s a recipe for how to do it!
Sheet Pan Sausage, Mushrooms and Fennel
This recipe was written originally for a Thanksgiving meal, but I think it would work just as well as a Christmas Italian side dish. Get the recipe here.
Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onion
This tried and true family recipe uses simple ingredients of Italian sausage, peppers and onion. Check the recipe out here. It is so simple and easy to prepare. It is a perfect Italian Christmas side dish that goes great with pasta, chicken, and lasagna to name a few.
Want some more variety? Offer options that represent a full Mediterranean platter!
Cheesecake Factory Copycat Stuffed Mushrooms
Here’s a quick way to make stuffed mushrooms that are copycats of the kind you see at cheesecake factory. Give these mushrooms a try!
I hope the ideas I’ve provided above from my site and my fellow food bloggers will inspire you with new and creative side dishes for your Italian Christmas meal. Share your own ideas below!
Grazie and Merry Christmas!