Avoid the Last-Minute Cooking Chaos with These Make Ahead Christmas Casserole Recipes
Whether you’ve got a house full of relatives or need to bring a dish to feed the folks at Uncle Frank’s, there’s a reason casseroles and Christmas go hand in hand. A warm, cozy casserole is the secret to beating the Christmas chaos. Honestly. Hearty and easy to make ahead, our favorite holiday casserole recipes range traditional classics to creative, must-try dishes. Between wrapping presents and preparing the house for guests, you’ll be able to pop these one-dish wonders into the oven with ease. Freeze, pull out, and reheat to make feeding a table of twelve feel more feasible than ever before.
Flip through some of our favorite Christmas casserole recipes, and you're sure to find the perfect fit for your holiday feast.
Butternut Squash Gratin
Recipe: Butternut Squash Gratin
A beautiful blend of butternut squash and potatoes just might make this recipe your new go-to gratin dish.
Baked Smokin’ Macaroni and Cheese
Whether you want to serve it as a main dish or a side, you really can’t go wrong with this deliciously baked mac and cheese casserole. A melt in your mouth, cheesy delight, we know this will be a crowd pleaser for the kids and the adults alike.
Swiss Chicken Crêpe
Recipe: Swiss Chicken Crêpes
Lasagna fans with fall in love with this layered casserole variation on the classic dish. Tender chicken and Swiss cheese roll together in crepe layers full of garlic and basil flavors that are sure to be a new family favorite.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Recipe: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
When it comes to casseroles, it doesn’t get much more reliable than chicken and rice. Perfect for a Christmas crowd, this recipe feels a little bit dressier than you’re every day chicken and rice combo and can easily feed ten to twelve hungry holiday guests.
Two-Cheese Squash Casserole
Recipe: Two-Cheese Squash Casserole
This creamy, cheddar and Parmesan casserole recipe is sure to satisfy cheese and squash lovers alike.
Shepherd’s Pie with Potato Crust
Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie with Potato Crust
The perfect way to warm up on a cold Christmas day, our take on Shepherd’s pie combines a scalloped potato crust with lean, ground beef and English peas.
Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
Greek Baked Ziti
Recipe: Greek Baked Ziti
There’s nothing like a comforting Italian dish to satisfy the seemingly insatiable appetites of a house full of family. Though it may not be a traditional holiday staple, this easy baked ziti will be a life saver to have on hand.
Classic Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes
This versatile casserole side dish can be paired with virtually anything. Whether you’re serving a Christmas ham or a spiced-rubbed tenderloin, this scrumptious side is sure to compliment and complete the rest of your holiday menu.
Tomato ‘n’ Beef Casserole with Polenta Crust
This easy Italian casserole delivers an indulgent tomato and beef filling that will have your whole family asking for seconds.
Chicken Cobbler Casserole
Recipe: Chicken Cobbler Casserole
Don’t let the word “cobbler” trick you into thinking this golden-brown Christmas bake is a sweet dish. This twist on a chicken pot pie will having you thinking “savory” when a mix of sourdough rolls, Parmesan cheese, and shredded chicken hit your lips.
Onion-Topped Sausage ‘n’ Mashed Potato Casserole
Fuss free and fast to pull together, this casserole is a sinch to serve a crowd and delivers kid-appred fried onions.