Christmas Eve Casseroles Fit For a Crowd
Southern families all have their own Christmas traditions, and that includes how they celebrate Christmas Eve. Some prefer a casual gathering and save the fanciness for Christmas Day, while others choose to serve a dressy Christmas Eve feast. With these Christmas casserole recipes, you can feed and satisfy a large crowd, whether it’s at a laid-back gathering or an elaborate dinner party. With high yields and easy prep, these casseroles are ideal for December 24. And with recipes like lasagna, chicken-and-wild rice casserole, and enchiladas, even the pickiest eaters at your table will be happy. Since casseroles freeze well, you could even make these casseroles ahead and reheat just in time for Christmas Eve dinner. With all the stress (and fun!) that comes with Christmastime planning and events, there’s no need to worry about Christmas Eve dinner anymore. These Christmas casseroles are the easiest way to feed a crowd, and they’re company-worthy for your out-of-town guests.
Recipe: Oyster Casserole
A dish that’s part of many Southerners’ Christmas traditions, this oyster casserole is our test kitchen’s best version ever.
Recipe: Italian Casserole
Mrs. Harland J. Stone from Ocala, Florida, sent us this recipe that was published in the November 1990 edition of Southern Living, and it was too delicious to leave in the archives.
Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Recipe: Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
This creamy Alfredo dish is as cozy and comforting as it gets, so it’s ideal for a casual Christmas Eve spent by the fire.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Recipe: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole will always be a staple at Southern gatherings, including those during the holiday season.
Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage
Chicken-and-Green Chile Enchiladas
We heard that the Bush family eats chicken enchiladas on Christmas Eve, and that’s a family tradition we can support!
Tomato-Basil Lasagna Rolls
Recipe: Tomato-Basil Lasagna Rolls
These meatless lasagna rolls make for such a pretty Christmas Eve dinner plate.
Recipe: Shrimp Casserole
With only 15 minutes of hands-on time, Shrimp Casserole is the easiest way to get seafood on the table for a crowd this Christmas Eve.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Skillet Casserole
New Tuna Casserole
Onion-Topped Sausage ‘n’ Mashed Potato Casserole
This pretty casserole is easier to make than it looks, and it will fill your crowd up.
Recipe: Chicken-Mushroom-Sage Casserole
This earthy, aromatic casserole is the definition of company-worthy. A tip from the test kitchen: Let this dish stand a few minutes after baking so the rice will absorb the liquid, yielding a creamy texture.
Shepherd’s Pie with Potato Crust
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Casserole
This easy casserole is basically an enchilada version of lasagna, with corn tortillas separating the layers instead of noodles. If you want to start an enchilada tradition on Christmas Eve, this quick, one-dish casserole might be the easiest way.
Recipe: Eggplant Rollups
This low-carb meal will satisfy your family’s lasagna cravings, and it looks beautiful when plated.
Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna
You can put this classic lasagna together and freeze up to three months in advance. Planning for Christmas Eve dinner has never been easier.
Swiss Chicken Crêpes
Recipe: Swiss Chicken Crêpes
Layers of chicken and rich Swiss cheese sauce make for a crave-worthy casserole that’s presentable for company but cozy for family.