Cozy Holiday Casseroles
Squash and Green Chile Casserole
Filled with fresh zucchini and squash, this casserole doesn't require the oven.
Broccoli and Rice Casseroles
Whether it’s for a special occasion or weeknight meal, this broccoli and rice casserole—complete with chicken and lots of cheese—is destined to impress. These mini casseroles are perfectly portioned and come together in 20 minutes, plus they’re brimming with flavor. For a vegetarian-friendly version, simply omit the chicken or replace it with a plant-based version. You can also save the milk and use it in another recipe, like stovetop macaroni and cheese.
Layers of flavor make this unexpected side dish a wow-worthy winner. A different spin on the classic gratin, sweet sugar pumpkin and spicy poblano peppers make for a creamy and hot casserole that will make you want a second helping. The secret ingredient is a can of evaporated low-fat milk, which is poured over the vegetables to seal in their flavor while adding a whole new level of decadence. Ever versatile, this dish would work as a side with Tex-Mex, but would also not be out of place on the Thanksgiving table.
King Ranch Chicken and Quinoa Casserole
This ain't your mama's chicken casserole. The comfort food classic gets a modern, nutrient-dense makeover with the addition of quinoa. Beyond being warm, cheesy, and generally delightful, this flavor-packed casserole is loaded with protein and is sure to become a new family favorite.
Spinach and Mushroom Strata
This cheesy, meatless casserole is best served straight out of the oven, golden and bubbly.
Cheesy Potato Casserole
Rather than using sodium-loaded canned soup, we made our own creamy sauce to update this dish.
Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
You can assemble this up to four days ahead, and keep in the fridge; then let it stand at room temp for 30 minutes before baking.
Cheddar-Pecan Green Bean Casserole
Warm, bubbly casseroles are always a hit at holiday gatherings. If you're looking to take your classic green bean casserole to a new level, add cheddar cheese and pecans. Plus, we found that mixing Japanese breadcrumbs (panko) and French fried onions makes for a crisp, less greasy topping.
Zesty Broccoli Casserole
Take traditional broccoli casserole to new heights with sharp Cheddar cheese, water chestnuts, and a panko topping. "This recipe is incredible," raves reviewer Erindipity75. "My husband swore it overshadowed the roast chicken and potatoes I served it with." If your grocery store doesn't carry panko, check with a local seafood market, or substitute regular breadcrumbs.
Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole
Everything you love about a loaded baked potato—bacon bits, sour cream, and cheese—are right here in this hearty casserole. It serves 12 and is a great choice for holiday meals.
Corn Fritter Casserole
This moist, sweet-savory side dish is a cross between corn bread and corn pudding. You can use 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels in place of the canned corn, if you prefer.
Hash Brown Casserole
This simple hash brown casserole features a buttery cornflake crust and is a favorite side for both casual family gatherings and holiday celebrations.
Easy to prepare and rich in flavor, this casserole pairs well with roasted chicken, ham, or pork chops.
Green Bean Casserole
Go beyond the standard “recipe on the can” casserole by adding Alfredo sauce instead of cream of mushroom soup, water chestnusts, Parmesan cheese and toasted pecans.
Potluck Potato Casserole
The crunchy topping on this side-dish casserole gives way to a cheesy interior, resulting in a comfort food winner. A bonus with this dish is that you can make the casserole ahead--assemble and refrigerate it until time to bake.
Classic Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes
Ideal for entertaining, this creamy potato casserole features thinly sliced Yukon gold potatoes baked in whipping cream and topped with Parmesan cheese.
Three-Cheese Pasta Bake
The combination of cheeses—white cheddar, parmesan, and Gruyère—give this dish its rich flavor. The pasta makes an ideal side dish during the holidays.
Wild Mushroom-and-Sweet Potato Gratin
Chanterelle mushrooms and fontina cheese contribute a delicate, nutty flavor that contrasts nicely with sweet potatoes in this dish. Serve with roasted pork loin or ham.
Creamy Grits Casserole
This buttery, two-cheese casserole featuring one of the South’s favorite foods is a must for holiday brunches or to serve at dinner with shrimp or ham.
Cheesy Squash Casserole
Enjoy all the flavor of savory squash casserole without the guilt! Reviewer Kim writes, "We used this in place of my mother's classic squash casserole for Christmas dinner and it was excellent! Tasted very similar to her much higher-fat recipe, and even she had to admit that it was very good."
Macaroni and Cheese
Layer cooked macaroni with butter, milk, two kinds of cheese, and a little cayenne for a spicy kick. Assemble this casserole ahead of time and bake when ready to serve. User Alex suggests cooking it a little longer than suggested if you like the edges to get crispy and browned.
This rich gratin uses a combination of milk and half-and-half instead of the traditional heavy cream to slash saturated fat. We find the texture of Kerrygold reduced-fat cheese more like full-fat cheese than other brands.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Our modern twist on the classic sweet potato casserole is a fragrant vanilla bean streusel.
Au Gratin Potato Casserole
Creamy meets crunchy in this classic potato casserole. It's simple and can be prepared ahead of time and baked while you finish prepping the rest of the holiday meal. Reviewer Llsuraven recalls, "I tried this recipe at Thanksgiving and everyone in my family LOVED it. I am doing it again this Christmas...but I am adding water chestnuts to it!"
Sweet Potato Casserole
Creamy sweet potatoes topped with gooey marshmallows and crunchy cornflakes make this casserole a sweet holiday favorite. Reviewer HBD2YHBD2Y recommends assembling the casserole the day before and adding the toppings just before cooking.
Brussels Sprouts-and-Rice Casserole
Baking vegetables into a casserole usually makes them more appealing to kids (and adults!), and this Brussels sprouts recipe is no exception: "Wow! Fantastic!" raves reviewer Bostonsmaman. "We're not normally Brussels sprouts fans, but this dish was GONE!" Like the other casseroles, this dish can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen, then baked the day of your gathering.
Easy Corn Casserole
The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity. All you'll need to do is combine the six ingredients in a bowl, pour the mixture into a baking dish, and bake it for 45 minutes. Reviewer Wanda raves, "Surely lives up to its name—couldn't be easier! Nothing to measure, just mix everything together and bake it! Will definitely make again...and it will probably become a Thanksgiving staple, too."
Mashed Potato Casserole
Home-style Green Bean Casserole
Cheese Cracker-Topped Squash Casserole
"We have a hard time getting our grandson to eat a vegetable. He loves Goldfish crackers, so I came up with this recipe. You can sub any type of crackers," says SL reader Gerri Ellis, of Hazelhurst, MS, whose recipe inspired this dish. We crushed a few crackers and tossed the crumbs with paprika to help the whole fish outline on top stand out.
Cheesy Broccoli-and-Rice Casserole
"The old-school version of this recipe uses canned soup and often calls for frozen broccoli. My new twist is made with fresh, wholesome ingredients. It takes just a smidgen of more time, but the results are absolutely extraordinary." --Contributing editor Virginia Willis, author of the forthcoming Lighten Up, Y'all
Wild Rice-and-Greens Casserole
We prefer chopped kale in this casserole, but use your favorite green. For heartier greens like collards, cook them five minutes longer in Step 1. If you want to prepare the dish ahead, cover and chill up to three days before baking. Uncover and bake just before serving.
"This luscious gratin strikes a happy middle chord for those hungry for potatoes and those vying for a sweet potato casserole." --Nancy Vienneau, author of Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook, from which this recipe was adapted.