When you’re preparing a holiday meal, it’s easy to forget about the starters, sides and desserts when you’re fussing over a ham or trussing individual Cornish hens. If you’re entertaining a big crowd this year or you’re just looking for a few new options to delight the family, look no further than the SampleHouse recipe tab!
We have dozens of easy-to-follow and always-successful recipes ready to save your holiday. These sides are delicious, simple and can usually be made with ingredients you already have. We especially love these dishes because they can be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.
Have a freezer full of pie shells? Fill one or two with this savory quiche recipe and watch it disappear. Who doesn’t love a little holiday magic?
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 2 Tbsp crumbled bacon
- 3 eggs
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- 2 cups grated Swiss cheese
- 1 Tbsp dried parsley
- 2 cup milk
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 10-inch unbaked pie shell
Mix together cheeses, onion, parsley and bacon. Whisk together milk, eggs, pepper and nutmeg. Put cheese mixture into pie shell and pour egg mixture over. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until set and lightly brown.
Slow Cooker Potato Soup
Potato soup is a wintertime staple in the SampleHouse family. Warm, delicious and easy to make, this soup is a toss-it-in-and-you’re-done deal. It also freezes well, so you can make a batch and store it ahead of time for an easy warm-up on those bitterly cold days.
- 8 cup chopped potatoes, with or without peels
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 lb. bacon, crisped, drained and crumbled
- 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
- 3 (14.5-oz.) cans chicken broth
- 1 (10.75-oz.) can condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
In a 4-quart crockpot, stir together potatoes, onion and bacon. In large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, chicken broth, soup and pepper. Add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or on high heat for 4-5 hours. Mash the potatoes lightly for a thicker soup.
Tart, tangy and just sweet enough, this cranberry salad is so delicious you’ll be tempted to make it year-round. You may event need to make two batches and hide one in the fridge behind the ham.
- 1 lb. fresh cranberries, uncooked
- 1 orange
- 1 apple
- 1/4 lemon
- 1 small package strawberry Jello
- 1 small package lemon Jello
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
Directions: Make Jello with only 1 cup of water per package. Add sugar and stir until mixed. Put cranberries through food processor. Quarter and seed fruit. Put fruit through food processor. Add cranberries and fruit to Jello. Add pecans. Pour into a 9×12-inch Pyrex dish. Refrigerate.
Au Gratin Potato Casserole
If you need a dose of comfort food or just a hearty, filling side for the holiday table, potato au gratin is your rich, cheesy answer. This this casserole is easy to throw together and tastes even better the next day. Pro tip: Add some crumbled bacon or dice some leftover Christmas ham and throw it in the dish for an extra punch of salty goodness.
- 1 (32-oz.) package frozen southern-style hash browns
- 1 (16-oz.) carton sour cream
- 2 cups (8-oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 2 cups crushed cornflakes cereal
- 1/4 cup melted butter
Stir together hash browns, sour cream, cheese, soup, onion and pepper in a large bowl. Spoon potato mixture into lightly greased 13×9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with crushed cornflakes and drizzle evenly with butter. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until bubbly.
‘Tis the season for baking, and nothing says “holidays” more than minty, fudgy brownies. Topped with a thick layer of sinful ganache and generous chunks of chocolate mints, these peppermint brownies also make a great hostess gift. Warning: These will disappear, so make a few batches just to be safe.
- 1 package brownie mix
- 8-oz. package cream cheese
- 1 lb. powdered sugar
- 1 stick margarine
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Peppermint flavoring
- Green food coloring
- Andes mints
Mix and bake brownies according to directions on the package. Let cool. Mix green mint filling by combining cream cheese, powdered sugar and margarine. Add peppermint flavoring to taste and green food coloring. Spread on brownies. Make ganache by combining whipping cream and chocolate chips. Melt together in microwave on low and stir until combined. Do not scorch. Ice brownies with warm ganache. Sprinkle with chopped Andes mints. Chill until chocolate is set.
We’re not 100 percent sure if there’s anything that smells better than a fresh apple cake baking in the oven. Luckily, this cake tastes as good as it smells.
- 3 cups flour, sifted
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp. soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 1/4 cups oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 apples, peeled & chopped
- 1 cup nuts, chopped
Combine flour, sugar, soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix with spoon. Add oil, beaten eggs, apples and nuts. Bake in greased and floured tube pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve with cinnamon-flavored whipped cream.
For more amazing recipes to add to your collection, make sure to visit the SampleHouse recipe page. It’s always being updated with new, irresistible recipes. Or, you can stop by any SampleHouse location to pick up a copy of the SampleHouse cookbook!