Kitchen Daily 12/23/13

Move over Christmas ham, side dishes are having their moment. The main attraction of the holiday table used to be the glorious beast in the center, but the real crowd pleasers are the vegetables and starchy side dishes. Think of them as your holiday dinner wingmen. Need to serve gluten-free guests? No problem. Lactose intolerant? Vegetarian? Sides have you covered.

The key is to dress up your sides with a little flair. Serve rice, but not your everyday variety -- dress it up with walnuts and mushrooms. Vegetable medleys get a boost from Asian flavors, and pumpkin adds seasonal appeal to risotto. A little change from the everyday versions will have guests clamoring for more.

Check out the sideshow above for delicious side recipes that will please all of your guests.

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