50 Christmas Buffet Recipes The Whole Family Will Love
‘Tis the season to spend time with your loved ones and dig into delicious food. To cater to our ever-growing families, Southern Christmas dinners often end up bearing more resemblance to a buffet line than a traditional sit-down meal. And let’s be honest—an assembly line is the most effective way to get a taste of each dish in a timely manner. Christmas buffets allow for a range of offerings, which is ideal for the picky eaters of the group. Christmas buffets have all the classic dishes from Savory Sweet Potato Casserole to Twice-Baked Potatoes, but with a couple Southern additions such as Spiced Pumpkin Grits or Macaroni Pie. Whether you’re celebrating on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve, these are crowd favorite recipes that are simply irresistible. Calories don’t count on Christmas, so spend the holiday with great food and even better company.
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe: Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
Savory and sweet—how can that be? If we had our guess, it would be from the perfect medley of marshmallows and parmesan herb topping.
Spice-Rubbed Tenderloin with Mustard-Cream Sauce
This tenderloin is the perfect buffet addition. Just grab a slice and dress it with its creamy sauce.
Recipe: Macaroni Pie
This dish is something everyone will love, especially the kids!
Potato Gratin with Rosemary Crust
Easy as pie, this potato-filled dish is our new favorite holiday recipe.
Recipe: Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Broccoli is a fan-favorite vegetable, but when it’s mixed with cheese it becomes the ultimate dish.
Old-School Squash Casserole
Recipe: Old-School Squash Casserole
Holiday guests will crave this cheesy and crunchy casserole.
Roasted Pumpkin-and-Baby Kale Salad
When it's cold outside, we’ll use any excuse to add pumpkin to our dishes.
Farro Salad with Toasted Pecans, Feta, and Dried Cherries
Warm and filling, this farro salad is all we need on Christmas Eve.
Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Leeks
This holiday staple is elevated with crispy leeks as a topping.
Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder
Recipe: Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder
Everyone will be begging for this tangy and savory pork recipe.
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Recipe: Sweet Potato Biscuits
We’ll take our biscuits with butter and honey please.
Okra and Rice Casserole
Recipe: Okra and Rice Casserole
Okra belongs at every Southern meal, no matter the season.
Deviled Egg-Potato Salad
Recipe: Deviled Egg-Potato Salad
It’s not a true Southern meal without deviled eggs.
Recipe: Cranberry-Apple Tartlets
Break up Christmas dinner with something tart and sweet.
Festive Cranberry-Walnut Salad
Recipe: Festive Cranberry-Walnut Salad
Cool down with this berry-filled congealed salad.
Recipe: Crispy Potatoes
All-purpose potato, like russet, Yukon gold, red, or fingerling, are all good choices for this crowd-favorite potato dish.
Beer-Braised Pot Roast
Recipe: Beer-Braised Pot Roast
This deliciously savory pot roast is packed with flavor from the dark stout beer and beef stock.
Recipe: Potato Bread
Best served slathered with homemade jam or butter.
Clementine-and-Collard Greens Salad
Hearty and filling, this festive winter salad is just what your Christmas spread needs.
Recipe: Twice-Baked Potatoes
Filled with all the good stuff—these baked potatoes are stuffed with cheese, bacon, and green onions.
Cornflake Wreath Christmas Cookies
Wreaths aren’t just meant for hanging on your front door.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows, Pecans, and Cornflakes
You’ll certainly get your sweet tooth filled with this loaded sweet potato casserole.
Christmas Snow Salad
Easy Skillet Apple Pie
Recipe: Easy Skillet Apple Pie
Apple pie is a quintessentially Southern treat, and a trusty cast-iron skillet takes the timeless dessert to the next level.
Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Recipe: Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
It’s simply not a holiday meal without classic mashed potatoes.
Apple Pie Cookies
Recipe: Apple Pie Cookies
These sugary cookies are almost better than an actual apple pie.
Skillet Pot Pie with Chicken and Spring Vegetables
Nothing warms us up quite like a classic pot pie.
Gingerbread Cheesecake with Lemon-Ginger Glaze
This tangy cheesecake is oh-so rich.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots
A vegetable side so delicious that it will convert even the pickiest eaters.
Chocolate-Peppermint Swirl Sandwich Cookies
These holiday cookies are so irresistible, you won’t want to share. Good thing each one has two sides.
Corn Pudding Casserole
Recipe: Corn Pudding Casserole
This creamy corn dish can be made with fresh or frozen corn.
Pecan Pie Brownies
Recipe: Pecan Pie Brownies
This dessert combines our two favorite things: pecans and brownies.
Mini Pumpkin Pies
Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Pies
Top off these bite-sized pies with some whipped cream.
French Onion Puff Pastry Bites
Recipe: French Onion Puff Pastry Bites
These flaky, pastry bites will have your guests coming back for more.
Hasselback Sweet Potato Casserole
Switch up the usual sweet potato casserole by using thinly sliced potatoes for a crispier texture.
Mini Mushroom-and-Goat Cheese Pot Pies
These savory pot pies are the perfect bite-sized treat.
Recipe: Cornmeal Popovers
Meet our Southern take on classic popovers.
Au Gratin Potato Casserole
Recipe: Au Gratin Potato Casserole
With a crunchy cornflake top, this casserole simply can’t be beat.
Skillet Turkey Meatballs
Recipe: Skillet Turkey Meatballs
Whether you dish them out on a homemade roll or eat them right out of the skillet, they're sure to disappear quickly.
Praline Mini Cakes
Recipe: Praline Mini Cakes
These mini cakes are the perfect bite-sized treat after your Christmas meal.
Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
These bundles of asparagus stems are the perfect mixture of smoky and savory.
Roasted Carrots with Spiced Pecans and Sorghum
Get your veggie fill in with these well-seasoned, roasted carrots.
Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Fennel
Just like Mama makes it, this cornbread will melt in your mouth.
Recipe: Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
It’s not a Christmas feast without a side of cranberry sauce.
Recipe: Cranberry-Pecan Stuffing
Make-ahead cranberry, pecan, and pork sausage stuffing is just what our Christmas spread needs.
Smoked Gouda and Andouille Grits
Recipe: Smoked Gouda and Andouille Grits
Loaded grits is the perfect addition to any Southern holiday spread.