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Brussels sprout lovers will find this sweet and tangy raw Brussels sprout salad oddly addictive. Since it’s best made a few hours ahead of time, it’s ideal for a holiday buffet.
What I love about this Southern-style cornbread and sausage stuffing, other than the flavor, is the texture: the bottom has a rich, almost spoon bread-like consistency, while the top is toasty and golden-brown.
Most mashed potato recipes require last minute preparation but these can be made two days ahead and reheated in the microwave — a huge bonus when oven and burner space is at a premium.
This exotic rice pilaf is easy to make; just be sure to allow time to caramelize the onions. The key is to cook them low and slow so that they turn a rich caramel color without a touch of burning.
This make-ahead dish is perfect for the holidays. Unlike most vegetable gratins, which are made with a béchamel sauce, this one is made more simply (and decadently) with heavy cream.
Focaccia is a flavorful and easy-to-make Italian flat bread that feeds a crowd. This classic version is topped with coarse salt and fresh rosemary but other toppings can be added, such as thinly sliced tomatoes, olives, or grated cheese.
In this easy recipe, sweet potatoes are mashed with butter, maple syrup, and thyme to bring out their sweet, earthy flavor. You’ll need to allow one hour of hands-off cooking time to bake the potatoes, but you can make the whole dish ahead of time.
I find most homemade mac and cheese recipes to be a bit dry, so I developed this version to be ultra-creamy. The crispy panko-Herbes de Provence topping absolutely makes the dish!
This dish involves layering thinly sliced potatoes with heavy cream and grated cheese, and then baking until the cream reduces and blankets the potatoes in a rich, creamy sauce. Definitely special occasion-worthy!
In this recipe, broccoli is roasted with olive oil and garlic until lightly golden, and then finished with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and a squeeze of fresh lemon.
Tender and caramelized roasted green beans, mellowed chunks of garlic, lemon-infused olive oil, crunchy pine nuts, and nutty Parmesan — this dish is a crowd-pleaser and easy to do ahead of time.
Made with toasted walnuts, chunks of Parmesan and a lemony Dijon dressing, this kale and Brussels sprouts salad tastes like a healthful, crunchy Caesar. Even your meat and potato lovers will enjoy it!
This cauliflower purée is creamy and comforting, and it just happens to taste remarkably like mashed potatoes. It also has the benefit of being easier to make, healthier and lower in carbs. But don’t make it just for that reason — it’s delicious in its own right.
This festive barley salad contains crunchy pistachios, tangy pomegranate molasses and cilantro, all balanced by warm, earthy spices and sweet golden raisins. Chunks of feta, scallions, and pomegranate seeds adorn the top.
This popular sausage and herb stuffing relies on store bought stuffing cubes, which eliminates the step of slicing and drying out the bread. (When you are using a pound of sausage and an entire stick of butter, the bread does not matter much!)