11 Festive and Delicious Holiday Sides and Casseroles

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 1:12 PM, December 10, 2015


Aired December 10, 2015

It’s the holiday season, which means that you no doubt have a holiday meal or two in your future. If you’re looking for inspiration as to what sides or casseroles would work best, check out 11 delicious options below!

No. 1: Roasted Cauliflower Broccoli Pasta Bake with White Cheddar

Crispy pancetta is folded into a creamy white cheddar cheese sauce, with roasted cauliflower and broccoli. Stir in al dente pasta and top with crunchy, buttery bread crumbs.

No. 2: Carbonara Mac ‘n Cheese Soufflé

It doesn’t get more decadent than this carbonara mac ‘n cheese, and the holidays are all about celebrating in a big way!

No. 3: Chef Ludo’s Potato Cake with Onions

If you have the time, and you want to wow your dinner guests, make Ludo's spiral-layered potato cake. By cooking this glamourous "cake" slowly in clarified butter, you will achieve a French "confit."

No. 4: Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Be careful when you make these delectable garlic mashed potatoes -- your family will demand you make them every year! But since the recipe couldn't be easier, we say go for it!

No. 5: Chef Robert Irvine’s Roasted Radish and Yellow Beet Salad

This salad is the perfect, light and healthy antidote to heavy main dishes and sugary desserts, combining all the beautiful colors of a farmer's market. Robert Irvine roasts the radishes to get a sweeter, softer, mellower effect.

No. 6: Kelsey Nixon's Roasted Root Vegetables with Cider Vinaigrette

These roasted root vegetables are a colorful, flavorful, nutritious and simple addition to your holiday table. The apple cider vinaigrette adds an unexpected brightness.

No. 7: Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Orange

Adding all-fruit orange preserves to mashed sweet potato will make your guests say, hmmm, wondering where the citrus-y undertones came from.

No. 8: Blue Cheese Ranch Mashed Potatoes

We're about to blow your mind with this mashed potato recipe. A combination of mashed potatoes and parsnips gets kicked up with additions including blue cheese, herbs, sour cream and more.

No. 9: Jesse and Jilly Lagasse’s Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Squash

This roasted vegetable recipe shared by Emeril Lagasse's daughter, gets a kick with cayenne, cinnamon and brown sugar.

No. 10: Curtis Stone’s Baked Mashed Potatoes with Pancetta

These are basically mashed potatoes with bacon, but doesn't pancetta sound fancier? A secret ingredient -- mascarpone cheese adds a sweet creamy flavor.

No. 11: Merry Graham's Mexican Confetti Quinoa Pilaf

This colorful quinoa pilaf is a festive addition to the Christmas table, and the light and bright flavors and texture will counteract some of the heavier dishes. Plus, it would be hard to top this when it comes to nutritional value.

What side dishes do you traditionally serve at the holidays? Watch below to see Chef Ludo Lefebvre make his artful potato cake!


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