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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.