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7 Delicious Recipes for Your Holiday Side Dishes, Desserts

Thanksgiving is coming up soon! If you’re like most people, your mouth is already watering at the thought of the deep fried turkey freshly carved upon the decorated dinner table. But let’s be honest… it’s the seasonal side dishes and delicious desserts that you’re most excited about! If you’re looking for a new side dish to include with your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner this year, the staff of Life 90.5 have you covered. Check out some of our favorite recipes you can add to your menu!

Do you have some great recipes for Christmas to share? Tell us all about it in the comments and it may be shared on a future blog in December!


corn pudding side dish recipes

Cancel the corn on the cob! A delicious alternative is ready to take its place at your holiday table!


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 3 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 15oz can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 14oz can cream style corn


In a bowl, combine sugar and flour. Whisk eggs, milk, butter, salt and pepper. Stir in corn. Add flour mixture. Grease ½ quart dish and pour in. Bake uncovered at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Knife inserted in the center will come out clean when done.

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Pumpkin Bread

This longtime favorite recipe of Mandy’s family is a fabulous dessert to share with the big meal, and also makes for excellent Christmas gifts.


  • 3 ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cup canned pumpkin
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • Optional ½ cup chopped pecans or raisins


Sift together in a large bowl flour, salt, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. Add oil, pumpkin, water, eggs and pecans. Stir until batter is smooth. Bake in well-greased 9 x 5 x 3in loaf pans for 1 hour in 325 degree over. Makes 2 large loaves or 4 small loaves. Cool and wrap in foil. Freezes well.

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Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Life 90.5 listener Sherri shared her recipe for hashbrown casserole with us. She says it’s a tradition in her home for both Christmas and Thanksgiving!


  • 1 20 oz bag of refrigerated shredded hashbrown potatoes
  • ½ cup plus ¼ cup melted butter divided
  • 1 8oz sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 ½ cups crushed (cornflakes or ritz crackers)


In medium to large mixing bowl mix sour cream, soup and ½ cup melted butter. Add hashbrowns, onion and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. Pour into greased 9×13 greased casserole dish. Top with remaining 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, either topping ritz or cornflakes crushed, and drizzle remaining ¼ cup butter over top. Bake at 350 (preheated) degrees 45 minutes.


breakfast casserole recipes

This one is less of a side dish, and more of an amazing breakfast option from Hannah for your Thanksgiving or Christmas morning, sure to keep your family full until the big meal.


  • 6 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 lb pork sausage, browned and drained
  • 1 cup bisquick
  • 2 cups milk


Mix and pour into a 13 x 12in casserole dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered in preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Serves approximately 10.

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Sweet potato souffle recipes

Is this a side dish? Or a dessert? We’re not sure, but we know it’s good!


  • 3-5 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • ½ pound melted butter or margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup coconut
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • ½ stick butter or margarine


Combine mashed sweet potatoes, sugar, melted butter/margarine, eggs and milk, pour into greased baking dish. Blend together brown sugar, pecans, coconut, flour and butter. Sprinkle over souffle. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 25 minutes, until slightly brown.


mac and cheese recipe

Mandy’s family’s holiday table always includes one of the most amazing macaroni and cheese recipes from southern food queen Paula Deen!


  • 4 tablespoons cut into pieces butter

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese

  • 3 beaten eggs

  • 4 cups cooked drained elbow macaroni

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Once you have the macaroni cooked and drained, place in a large bowl and while still hot and add the cheddar. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and add to the macaroni mixture. Pour macaroni mixture into a casserole dish and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Top with additional cheese if desired.


Orange slice cookies recipes

You just can’t beat old fashioned recipes! Not only is this one great for a holiday dessert, but it’s also perfect for a good ole’ church potluck!


  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp tartar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups plain flour
  • 18 orange slices candy


Cream Crisco and sugar, add eggs. Sift dry ingredients, stir in orange candy and first mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Do you have a few delicious dessert or side dish recipes you can share? Tell us in the comments!

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