Holiday Sides for 8 or MorePlan ahead for your large holiday get-togethers by choosing easy side dishes that will feed a crowd of hungry guests.Take Brussels sprouts, for instance. Excluding salt and cooking spray, this recipe calls for just seven ingredients. Often simplicity is the key to making vegetables taste great, and this dish is no exception.
Mashed Potato CasseroleThe combination of buttery Yukon gold and fluffy baking potatoes offers richness and a nice contrast both in flavor and texture for this lightened potato casserole.
Wild Rice with MushroomsDress up a package of long-grain and wild rice mix with the addition of fresh mushrooms and Marsala. It will be a guaranteed hit on your holiday table.
Corn Fritter CasseroleThis moist, sweet-savory side dish is a cross between corn bread and corn pudding and is a perfect side dish for ham or roasted turkey at your next holiday meal.
Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Sugared WalnutsThis seasonal fall rice dish featuring roasted butternut squash makes a satisfying side dish for roasted turkey, roast beef or ham, but it’s hearty enough to be a main dish, too. You can make it a meatless dish by leaving out the pancetta and using vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth.
Cornbread Stuffing With Sweet Potato and SquashIncrease both the color and the flavor of your cornbread stuffing by adding cubed butternut squash, sweet potato, and Granny Smith apple.
Wild Rice and Squash DressingWhile rice dressing may be officially a side dish, this one is filled with cubed banana squash, Italian sausage, frozen chopped spinach and currants and is hearty enough to be a main dish.
Green Beans with BaconThis simple side is a classic crowd-pleaser. Toss cooked green beans with shallots, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and top with crumbled bacon.
Potato Casserole with Caramelized OnionsCombine mashed potatoes and sweet caramelized onions in this hearty make-ahead casserole. It’s great side dish to serve with beef tenderloin or pork roast.
Honey-Roasted Root VegetablesHoney amplifies the natural sugars of the caramelized vegetables in this hearty side dish.
Wild Rice Cakes with BaconInstead of serving plain steamed rice with your holiday meal, impress your guests with tasty skilled-cooked rice cakes flavored with bacon, onion and almonds. They are a nice way to add an easy touch of sophistication to your holiday meal.
Wild Rice StuffingThis hearty stuffing is chock full of vegetables, pecans, and dried cherries and apricots. The sweet-and-savory combination is a sure crowd-pleaser, and stuffing is an easy side to make for large groups.
Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice CasseroleThis casserole is so delicious, even the kids are sure to gobble it up. Plus, it's incredibly easy and requires just seven ingredients, making it an excellent option for last-minute fare.
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Hazelnut ToppingMashed (or whipped) white potatoes and sweet potato casserole are both classic holiday sides, but what about whipped sweet potatoes? This side features the traditional sweet potato casserole flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar, yet it calls for whipping the potatoes with an electric mixer and topping with a hazelnut streusel. It's the best of both worlds!
Macaroni and Four CheesesMacaroni and cheese may be humble, but it sure is loved by all. This creamy version gets its incredible texture and flavor from four different types of cheese: Emmenthaler (or Swiss), Parmesan, Gorgonzola, and cheddar.
Roasted Root Vegetables with Walnut PestoBreak out of the green bean casserole rut with this fresh-tasting combination of carrots, parsnips, turnips, Brussels sprouts, shallots, and onion. A homemade pesto really pulls all of the flavors together and takes this dish from ordinary to extraordinary.
Roasted Potatoes with Tangy Watercress SauceDress up classic roasted potatoes with an easy, make-ahead yogurt sauce. This side goes well with just about anything and is perfect for casual weeknight meals and fancy holiday dinners alike.
Risotto with Champagne and RadicchioWhile wine is a common addition to pan sauces and beer finds its way into everything from fondue to quick breads, it's not often that Champagne gets a chance to shine in a recipe. Here, it brightens up plain risotto and complements the radicchio well. Chicken broth, yellow onion, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, salt, pepper, and nutmeg add complexity and flavorful depth to the dish.
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Goat Cheese
This is a decadent yet savory way to serve sweet potatoes. If you're expecting vegetarians, make a couple of potatoes without the bacon. One potato can be enough for at least four people, depending on its size.
Rye and Butternut Squash Dressing
Cube the bread a day or two ahead and leave it out on the counter to dry, so it will fully absorb the flavors of the dressing. (If you forget, you can dry it in a 375° oven for a few minutes.) For a moister dressing, use the larger amount of broth. This makes a good main dish for vegans (use kosher rye, which excludes dairy). But it's good with sausage too; add about 1 pound, casings removed, browned and crumbled.
Roasted Root Vegetables with Cider Glaze
"A dear friend and great chef, Matthew Wendell, made these rustic vegetables for us while we lived in the White House. They have become a staple at our Thanksgiving because of the simplicity and purity of the dish." --Editor-at-large Jenna Bush Hager
Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Chive Sour Cream
These potatoes deliver the best of both worlds: creamy, starchy center and crisp, golden edges. To smash, place the back of a wide spatula over each potato, and then press with the heel of your hand.
Honey-Roasted Butternut Squash
This side is simple and fabulous. The cooking is mostly hands-off, and the prep is easy. Serve the tender butternut squash in large pieces to catch every last bit of the honey butter drizzle.
Leek and Pancetta Potato Rösti
Maximum surface area means more crunchy bits in this rösti, essentially a large potato pancake, perfect for the hash brown lovers in your family. If making ahead, cool on a wire rack, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Reheat in an ovenproof skillet at 350° for 10 minutes or until recrisped.
Linguiça Sausage Stuffing with Mushrooms
This twist on a classic sausage and sourdough stuffing uses smoky Portuguese linguiça in place of crumbled pork sausage. Kielbasa or any smoked sausage would also work.
Multigrain Pilaf with Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds and brown rice pack a double nutrition punch, enhancing this side dish with both vitamin E and niacin. This recipe calls for long-cooking barley and brown rice, but if you're in a hurry, substitute instant brown rice and quick-cooking barley. Just be sure to adjust cooking times according to package directions.
Sautéed Green Beans with Spice-Glazed Pecans
Beat the last-minute cooking frenzy by making the glazed pecans up to 3 days in advance and storing at room temperature in an airtight container; double the ingredients for an appetizer guests can munch on before the meal.
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