I’m hosting Christmas at our house this year for the first time. Normally my in-laws host Christmas Day but Hurricane Harvey damaged their home and they’re still working on getting it fixed up. So our house is the place and I’m on the hunt for easy Christmas side dishes!
Easy Christmas Side Dishes
I’m all about easy when it comes to the kitchen, but I’m also all about flavor. So while I’m working on some ideas for easy Christmas side dishes, I’m looking for things that taste great but won’t take me long to make!
I’d rather spend most of my time with my family enjoying the time together!
Since corn is always a staple during our holiday meals, it was an obvious choice for one of the easy side dishes for Christmas this year!
Then I got a little inspiration from Stella cheeses I picked up at the store and this super simple five-ingredient Parmesan Garlic Butter Corn recipe got a trial run!
If you’re looking for flavor in your easy Christmas side dishes, you won’t be disappointed!
Add that flavor to the few steps it takes to make this Parmesan Garlic Butter Corn recipe, and you’ll be spending less time in the kitchen without sacrificing having a great holiday meal!
Parmesan Garlic Butter Corn Ingredients
Easy Christmas side dishes call for easy ingredient lists! Here’s what you need to make this one pan corn dish:
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- 32 oz. bag of frozen corn
- 3 Tbsp. cream cheese
- 3/4 cup Stella Italian 3 Cheese Blend (you can use any grated parmesan or blend that you have!)
- 3/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
- salt and pepper as desired
How to Make Parmesan Garlic Butter Corn
- Heat a large pan over medium heat and melt butter.
- Once butter has melted, add all of the frozen corn to the pan. Stir until the corn is thoroughly heated. This takes about 5 minutes.
- Add the cream cheese and stir until melted.
- Stir in the Stella Italian 3 Cheese Blend and garlic powder.
- Once the cheese has melted, remove from heat and season with salt and pepper as desired.
If you’re craving a bit of a creamier consistency that you’re not getting once all of the cheese melts, you can add a bit of milk. I recommend adding a splash and then stirring it in well. Add a bit at a time until you get the consistency that you like!
Another great thing about making Parmesan Garlic Butter Corn is that you can change up the flavors by adding in different things. Green peppers and onions are two that come to mind right away.
It also has the potential to go from side dish to the main dish if you wanted to add pasta, chicken, or something along those lines!
When it comes to easy side dishes for Christmas, there are some basic areas my family always expects to see on the table. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Mashed potatoes
- Sweet potatoes
- Peas or green beans
So I’ll be working on gathering some easy recipes for the ones I don’t have figured out yet. I’m a master of mashed potatoes so I’m looking forward to making those.