Christmas Dinner Sides With Maple Syrup…

Today I am sharing some side dishes that you can add to your Christmas dinner or any Sunday roast.

First up:

 Parsnip Purée with Maple Syrup:

Servings: 8 portions


  • 500g baby potatoes, unpeeled and cut in half
  • 500g parsnip, peeled and sliced
  •  2 garlic cloves, chopped
  •  80g butter
  •  Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 500ml chicken broth
  • 60ml pure maple syrup from Canada
  • 150g Le Fou du Roy cheese (or a similar firm cheese), grated
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 60g chives, chopped


  1. In a large pan, fry the potatoes, parsnip and garlic in the butter over a low heat for about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the stock and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce the heat, cover and leave to cook for 25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Strain (reserve some of the cooking liquid). Add the maple syrup to the casserole dish and mash the vegetables with a pestle.
  3. Add the cheese, some broth (if needed to loosen the purée), and sprinkle with the nutmeg and chives.

Brussels love them or hate them?

Maple Brussels Sprouts:

Servings: 4 – 6 portions

A Brussels recipe with chestnuts, cranberries and Maple Syrup.


  • 1kg brussels sprouts
  • 100g pancetta, cut into lardons
  • 200g chestnuts
  • 50g butter
  • 50g cranberries
  • 200ml pure maple syrup from Canada


  1. Cook sprouts in boiling salted water for 3½ minutes, then refresh in iced water and halve the sprouts. Fry pancetta until crisp and golden, take out and place on a cloth; fry chestnuts in the bacon fat for 5 minutes and then place on cloth with pancetta.
  2. Reheat sprouts with butter and a little water for 5 minutes and sauté. Add pancetta and chestnuts and maple syrup. Add cranberries at the last minute then serve.

About this post:

These recipes are courtesy of  We Love Maple.

What do you think of these Christmas Dinner Sides With Maple Syrup? 

Fancy trying any?


Hi, I am Claire and I created Claire Justine in 2011. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.



  1. Helen J
    November 29, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    My husband is maple syrup obsessed! He would love the Brussel sprout recipe, so must give it a go 🙂

    • Clairejustine oxox
      November 29, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Thanks Helen 🙂

  2. Anosa
    November 29, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    They have to be the fanciest brussel sprouts I have ever seen! I have never like brussel sprouts or cabbage at all until january I suddenly started craving cabbage (weird I know) so this year I plan on trying them and am hoping that I like them as much as I do cabbage. This is a great way to get the kids tempted, add a little bit of sweet and I bet the whole flavour changes, can't wait to try it.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      November 29, 2017 / 5:46 pm

      Thanks Anosa. I know Brussels are a bit too strong for me so anything to make them a little sweeter 🙂

  3. Our Fairytale Adventure
    November 29, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    These are amazing and so simple to make. I always underestimate the importance of side dishes at the Christmas dinner. You've inspired me to make some this year.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 2, 2017 / 11:50 am

      Thanks lovely. We love our side on Christmas dinner.

  4. Kara Guppy
    November 30, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    I love parsnips roasted in maple syrup and this looks like a great alternative

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 2, 2017 / 11:50 am

      Whoo yummy. We had them on Sunday 🙂

  5. Jayne SMABL
    December 1, 2017 / 11:29 am

    OMG Claire! This post is just heaven to me! I love maple syrup so will defo be trying these out 🙂 x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 2, 2017 / 11:50 am

      Aww, thanks Jayne 🙂

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