Favorite Side Dishes for a Crowd  

If you’re seating a host of guests for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, you’ll need side dishes that will feed a crowd. All of these side dishes are suitable for serving with turkey or ham and all serve 8 people or more.

  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Ham and Garlic
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Holiday Sides for 8 or More

    Plan 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 Casserole
    Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver

    Mashed Potato Casserole

    The 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 Mushrooms
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Amy Burke

    Wild Rice with Mushrooms

    Dress 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 Casserole
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Corn Fritter Casserole

    This 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 Walnuts
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Sugared Walnuts

    This 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 Squash
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Sissy Lamerton

    Cornbread Stuffing With Sweet Potato and Squash

    Increase 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 Dressing
    James Carrier

    Wild Rice and Squash Dressing

    While 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 Bacon

    Green Beans with Bacon

    This 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 Onions

    Potato Casserole with Caramelized Onions

    Combine 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 Vegetables
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Leigh Ann Ross

    Honey-Roasted Root Vegetables

    Honey amplifies the natural sugars of the caramelized vegetables in this hearty side dish.
  • Wild Rice Cakes with Bacon
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Wild Rice Cakes with Bacon

    Instead 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 Stuffing

    Wild Rice Stuffing

    This 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 Casserole
    Photo: Randy Mayor

    Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole

    This 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 Topping
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Hazelnut Topping

    Mashed (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 Cheeses
    Randy Mayor

    Macaroni and Four Cheeses

    Macaroni 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 Pesto

    Roasted Root Vegetables with Walnut Pesto

    Break 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 Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Roasted Potatoes with Tangy Watercress Sauce

    Dress 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 Radicchio

    Risotto with Champagne and Radicchio

    While 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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