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.
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