My collection of Christmas casserole recipes is a delightful blend of family favorites that are easy to prepare and ideal for serving large gatherings. Whether you're looking for a comforting lunch or a hearty dinner, these casseroles are your go-to solution for a stress-free, delicious meal.
- 29 Christmastime Casserole Recipes
- Holiday Casseroles
- 1. Green Bean Casserole with Bacon
- 2. Mashed Potatoes Casserole
- 3. Potatoes Dauphinoise
- 4. Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
- 5. Green Bean Potato Sausage Casserole
- 6. Ham and Potato Casserole
- 7. Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole
- 8. Jiffy Corn Casserole
- 9. Bacon Cheddar Green Bean Casserole
- 10. Zucchini Squash Casserole
- 11. Sweet Potato Casserole
- 12. Bechamel Pasta Bake
- 13. Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese
- 14. Eggplant Parmesan
- 15. Chicken Stuffing Casserole
- 16. Fresh Green Bean Casserole
- 17. Chicken Spaghetti
- 18. Beef & Cheese Casserole
- 19. Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
- 20. Ground Beef Casserole
- 21. Chicken Divan Casserole
- 22. Baked Spaghetti
- 23. Chicken Biscuit Pot Pie
- 24. Holiday Ham Casserole
- 25. Ritz Chicken Casserole
- 26. Chicken Tater Tot
- 27. Million Dollar Spaghetti
- 28. French Onion Soup Casserole
- 29. Shrimp & Crab Casserole
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- 29 Christmas Casserole Recipes: Make Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole
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29 Christmastime Casserole Recipes
Casseroles are perfect for the holidays because the oven does all the work once you combine the ingredients! There is usually very little prep time, so they can quickly be thrown together at the last minute.
There are plenty of options for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Pop one of these casseroles in the oven and enjoy the holiday festivities with your loved ones while it bakes!
Casseroles are a beloved way to make a hearty dinner with ease. They generally serve 6-10 people and can be prepared in advance often, so you only need to bake them when you need them!
If this is your first time hosting dinner for the holidays, check out my Christmas guide for a step-by-step timeline for preparing Christmas dinner!
1. Green Bean Casserole with Bacon
Green bean casserole isn't only reserved for Thanksgiving. With tender green beans, a creamy cheese sauce, savory bacon, and a crispy Parmesan breadcrumb topping, it's a hit on any holiday!
You can even make this casserole in advance to cut down on the time you spend in the kitchen even more. Build your casserole as directed, but leave off the topping until it's time to cook, then cover it with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake.
2. Mashed Potatoes Casserole
This is the perfect day-after-Christmas casserole! Repurpose your leftover mashed potatoes into this creamy, cheesy mashed potato casserole.
Of course, you can make it from scratch, too. It's an excellent alternative to regular mashed potatoes and it even has a crispy breadcrumb topping!
3. Potatoes Dauphinoise
Potatoes dauphinoise is an elegant potato side dish that is perfectly suitable for a formal Christmas dinner. These cheesy au gratin potatoes are creamy and indulgent yet surprisingly easy to make!
Save some time by slicing the potatoes in advance and keeping them submerged in water and refrigerated for up to 24 hours. I often add some nutmeg to make these potatoes extra festive!
4. Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Cauliflower mac & cheese is just as rich and indulgent as the pasta version but with fewer carbs! This recipe is made keto by using crushed pork rinds as the crunchy topping, though Panko breadcrumbs may easily be substituted.
To keep this recipe vegetarian, omit the smoked sausage and pork rinds.
5. Green Bean Potato Sausage Casserole
Green bean potato sausage casserole will make a tasty lunch, dinner, or side dish! It's hearty, with large chunks of potato, bacon, and sausage intermingled with tender green beans and onions.
You can use canned green beans for this recipe to save time; peeling the potatoes is optional. If you'd like, you can even assemble it the night before and refrigerate it covered until you are ready to bake!
6. Ham and Potato Casserole
This is one casserole that is just as tasty at breakfast as it is at dinner time! Hearty chunks of ham and potato are blanketed in a rich, creamy cheese sauce.
To save time, you may dice the potatoes in advance. I also love using leftover honey-glazed ham to make this a fabulous after-the-holiday breakfast!
7. Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole
This copycat Cracker Barrel casserole is one of my favorite ways to serve a crowd at breakfast-time. It can easily be served with some scrambled eggs to make a well-rounded (and kid-friendly) breakfast.
All you need are a couple of bags of frozen hashbrowns, cream of chicken soup, butter, cheese, sour cream, onion, and pepper. It can also be made up to 3 days in advance!
8. Jiffy Corn Casserole
Spoonbread, corn pudding, corn casserole, no matter what you call it, it is totally delicious! This casserole is made by combining fluffy cornbread and sweet creamed corn.
You only need 5 ingredients to throw it together. Canned corn, canned creamed corn, Jiffy corn muffin mix, sour cream, and butter!
9. Bacon Cheddar Green Bean Casserole
This is the classic green bean casserole we all know and love. With fried onions, crispy bacon, canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and plenty of cheese!
To make it in advance, just combine all the ingredients but leave off the fried onions and bacon. Refrigerate the covered casserole until ready to bake, then add the bacon and crispy onion topping.
10. Zucchini Squash Casserole
This zucchini and yellow squash casserole is an easy way to get kids to eat their veggies. It's creamy and cheesy with a crispy breadcrumb topping!
11. Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet potato casserole was always my favorite as a kid. After all, what's not to love about a side dish that tastes like dessert?
With sweet potatoes, brown sugar, and marshmallows, this casserole is a holiday must-have.
12. Bechamel Pasta Bake
This pasta bake is a tasty layered casserole that will feed the whole family for the holidays! It's warm and rich with a creamy bechamel sauce that is downright addicting.
You can bake and freeze this casserole for up to 3 months. That way, you always have one ready when you need it!
13. Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese
This baked macaroni and cheese is the ultimate Southern comfort food. With 3 different kinds of cheese, this macaroni is ooey, gooey, and delicious!
It serves a whopping 10 people. So it's the perfect side dish for when you are expecting an out-of-town family!
14. Eggplant Parmesan
This baked version of eggplant Parmesan has all the elements you love from a casserole! There are 8 hearty servings, and you can make the whole meal in one dish.
Layers of Crispy breaded eggplant, marinara, basil, and a blend of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese make up this comforting vegetarian main course. You can even assemble the casserole in advance and freeze it until you need it!
15. Chicken Stuffing Casserole
There's nothing like a comforting blend of warm stuffing, tender chicken, and mixed vegetables to invite everyone to the dinner table! It tastes like a combination of pot pie and your favorite holiday stuffing,
To make prep even easier, you can use pre-cooked rotisserie chicken!
16. Fresh Green Bean Casserole
If you're really aiming to impress your guests, try making a fresh green bean casserole from scratch! No canned ingredients are here; even the creamy garlic sauce is homemade.
This is a great make-ahead casserole. Just leave off the fried onion and Panko topping, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to bake! The topping can be added just before you cook it.
17. Chicken Spaghetti
The whole family will enjoy the cheesy deliciousness of chicken spaghetti! The creamy sauce is made with Velveeta cheese, cream cheese, and heavy cream.
You can use pre-cooked rotisserie chicken to make this dish even more simple. Simply add spaghetti and a can of Rotel, and you're ready to bake!
18. Beef & Cheese Casserole
This meaty pasta bake is a filling family favorite full of Italian flavors! Loaded with penne pasta, ground beef, melted cheese, and tasty marinara sauce, this casserole is a truly satisfying main course.
You can even bake this casserole and freeze it for later once it has cooled. That way, you can spend time with your family and have dinner ready in advance!
19. Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
The name says it all: chicken, broccoli, and rice casserole is a beloved family favorite. With 8 hearty servings, it can easily serve a crowd for the holidays or any time!
You can definitely make this casserole in advance and freeze it, but it is so easy to make that you don't have to! Especially if you opt to use cooked rotisserie chicken.
20. Ground Beef Casserole
You can whip up this hearty ground beef and pasta bake in about 30 minutes! It's a great option for last-minute get-togethers when you need to feed a group of hungry people.
This one-dish meal is filling enough on its own, though a quick batch of oven garlic bread never hurts!
21. Chicken Divan Casserole
Chicken divan casserole is a classic old-school comfort food that both kids and adults will enjoy. It is full of white rice, tender broccoli, juicy chunks of chicken, and plenty of melted cheese.
This is another great recipe for using leftover or rotisserie chicken to save yourself a few minutes.
22. Baked Spaghetti
Everyone loves spaghetti, and this baked version is no exception. Plump, juicy meatballs and melted mozzarella cheese are everything you could want from an Italian dinner!
You can even repurpose leftover spaghetti to make this casserole. You can also make it in advance and/or freeze it for later!
23. Chicken Biscuit Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie made with biscuits is the revamped version of classic comfort food you didn't know you needed! In place of a crust, this pot pie casserole uses a topping of made-from-scratch cream biscuits.
You can make both the biscuits and the casserole in advance. Just add 10 minutes to the time spent in the oven to make up for it being cold.
24. Holiday Ham Casserole
This casserole combines thinly sliced potatoes and diced ham in a rich cream sauce, generously layered with tons of cheese. It's an easy-to-make recipe, ideal for holidays or using up leftover ham. The optional seasoned Panko breadcrumb topping adds a delightful crunch, enhancing the texture contrast.
This casserole is not only a tasty side or main dish for Christmas, Easter, or Thanksgiving but also a great way to feed a crowd, yielding eight hearty servings.
25. Ritz Chicken Casserole
It's made with cooked chicken mixed with a creamy blend of sour cream, cream of chicken soup, green onions, and Italian seasoning. This mixture is then topped with a layer of crushed buttery Ritz crackers, creating a delightful contrast of textures.
The casserole is baked until golden brown, resulting in a comforting and satisfying meal that requires just seven easy-to-find ingredients. This recipe is ideal for busy weeknights, offering a hearty and flavorful dinner that the whole family will enjoy.
26. Chicken Tater Tot
A comforting and easy-to-make dish. It features crispy tater tots, cooked chicken, and a creamy sauce. The recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and can be prepared ahead of time. It's baked until golden and bubbly, offering a delicious and convenient meal.
This casserole is ideal for freezing and reheating, making it a practical choice for families.
27. Million Dollar Spaghetti
The Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole is a rich and flavorful family dinner. It layers al dente spaghetti, meat sauce, and creamy cheeses. Despite its luxurious name, it's simple to make. Ideal for both weeknights and special occasions, each bite offers a mix of savory, tangy, and rich flavors. This casserole is a crowd-pleaser, transforming ordinary spaghetti into an extraordinary dish.
28. French Onion Soup Casserole
French onion soup casserole is warm and comforting. It's the perfect meal for colder weather.
Delicious layers of French bread, onions, and cheese make up this hearty one-dish meal. It tastes like the classic soup we all know and love, only better!
29. Shrimp & Crab Casserole
This casserole is for seafood lovers. With wild rice, chunks of crab, and shrimp, it's a one-dish meal that doesn't need any sides!
To make it in advance, just assemble as directed and cover. Refrigerate until ready to bake!
🎄 More Christmas Recipes
- Nutter Butter Snowmen - Cute little snowmen cookies made with Nutter Butters and pretzel sticks!
- Crockpot Apple Cider - A warm, mulled apple cider that you can serve right out of your slow cooker.
- Apple Pie French Toast Casserole - Calories don't count on Christmas, and this sweet breakfast casserole is the perfect way to celebrate!
- Slow Cooker Candied Yams - A sweet side dish made with tender yams, brown sugar, and mini marshmallows!
- Roasted Lamb Shanks - These bone-in roasted lamb shanks are an elegant main course that's sure to impress.
- Gingerbread Eggnog Cocktail - A festive adult beverage to get your Christmas party started!
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29 Christmas Casserole Recipes: Make Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole
- 3 lbs russet potatoes (washed, peeled, and quartered)
- 3 tablespoon salt (to taste)
- 2 ¼ cups milk
- 1 cup butter (2 portions - ¾ cup & ¼ cup - cut into 1 tablespoon pats)
- 1 cup sour cream (room temperature)
- 1 ⅔ cup cheddar cheese (shredded, divided into separate portions)
- 1 teaspoon each, salt & pepper (to taste)
- 8 oz cream cheese (softened at room temperature)
- ½ cup plain breadcrumbs
- ½ tablespoon garlic salt
- In a large pot, add in your quartered potatoes and cover them with 1 to 2 inches of cold water and then season generously with salt. Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes until they can easily be pierced with a fork, about 20-25 minutes. Once cooked, drain the potatoes.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly spray a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Add your milk to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil (*see note).
- Meanwhile, while you are waiting for your cream to boil, press your potatoes through a potato ricer (*see note).
- Immediately mix in the hot scalded milk and butter in small increments until well incorporated. Then, add in the sour cream, 1 cup of shredded cheddar, cream cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix until all of the ingredients are well distributed.
- Transfer the mashed potatoes to the prepared baking dish and spread them out to make an even layer.
- Melt the second portion of butter (¼ cup, or 4 tablespoon pats) and mix with breadcrumbs and garlic salt seasoning until the breadcrumbs are evenly coated. Spread in an even layer over the assembled mashed potato casserole.
- Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 20-25 minutes or until the topping is golden and the potatoes are beginning to bubble around the edges of your baking dish. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.
- You can peel your potatoes or leave the peel on. However, it is easier to use your potato ricer if they are peeled.
- Make sure to always salt your water. A good rule of thumb is 1 tablespoon of salt per pound of potatoes.
- If you want to learn more about scalding your milk, check out my post about scalding milk for mashed potatoes!
- You should always avoid putting potatoes into a food processor or blender. This will result in gluey potatoes.
- This recipe is perfect for using up any leftover potatoes or mashed potatoes!
- To store: Once completely cool, keep your casserole in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- To freeze: Freeze your potatoes in single-size portions for up to 2 months. Check out my guide on freezing mashed potatoes.
- To reheat: Reheat any leftovers either in the oven or in small bursts in the microwave. To learn more, check out the best methods for reheating mashed potatoes.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!