Holiday Dishes to Have At Your Table

As we head through Thanksgiving into the holiday season (or as the holiday season continues, for those who began celebrating on November 1st), many are probably looking forward to what they’re going to eat during this year’s festivities. From the classics to the economical to the grandiose, here’s a list of holiday foods you may want to consider adding to your menu.

  1. Candied Yams

Sweet potatoes alone are a typical holiday staple, but if you’d like a bit more sugar on your palette, candied yams (also known as sweet potato casserole) are the way to go. 

Candied Yams

2. Macaroni & Cheese and Other Pasta Dishes

Pasta dishes are just as versatile as they are popular, so they’re a must-have for a holiday dinner. These dishes can be simple and low-cost or more complex, which makes it easy to adapt to your dinner party’s needs.

Meatless Baked Ziti

Low-Cost Mac & Cheese

Ziti w/ Brussel Sprouts (Vegan)

Black Pepper Mac & Cheese with Potato Carrot Cheese Sauce (Vegan)

3. Lasagna

Lasagna gets its own category because preparation may be more involved than other pasta dishes, but the time put into making it will be worth it.

Easy Classic Lasagna

Easy Vegetable Lasagna

Vegan Veggie Lasagna

4. Ham

Ham is an incredibly popular Christmas food, and it can definitely be part of other holidays as well.

Tangy Honey Glazed Ham

5. Turkey

No turkey slander will be accepted here, folks. While it’s typically associated with Thanksgiving, turkey can arguably be included in most holiday meals, especially for those that may not consume red meat and/or pork. With good preparation, your dinner party is bound to enjoy this dish.

Juiciest Turkey Recipe Ever

6. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are great year-round, but they taste even better during the holidays. Make them nice and creamy and add some seasoning (my preference is paprika and black pepper) and you’ve got yourself a great side dish.

Easy Creamy Mashed Potatoes

7. Shepherd’s Pie

This is an extension of the mashed potato recommendation, and shepherd’s pie is the perfect, hearty food group mix. My family typically sticks to using potatoes, veggies, and mincemeat, but there are recipes that contain cheese and other ingredients.

Alton Brown Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie w/ Cheddar Cheese

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie w/ Chickpeas & Sweet Potato

8. Tomato Soup

I personally wouldn’t be opposed to having more soup at the holidays - soup can be made and served in a variety of ways without being much of a hassle.

10 Minute Tomato Soup

9. Pie

Now, your mileage may vary on what the best type of pie is, but we can all agree that pie should be present during the holidays. Whether you bake Libby’s Pumpkin Pie from the can (you can bake the prescribed recipe or add granola for some extra crunch) or decide to go homemade, pie is undoubtedly the most important holiday dessert.

Pumpkin Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Apple Pie

Blueberry Pie

Pecan Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Cherry Pie

10. Cornbread

You may want to make it in a Jiffy or do it yourself, but either way, cornbread is a great side to have on your table.

Golden Sweet Cornbread