Five delicious African side dishes for the holidays

The holiday season is upon us and you know what means: crowded family gatherings, reuniting with friends back home, and lots of food. Whether you’re gathering around the table for a Friendsgiving, a potluck at work, or back home to family where a turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and gravy await you, ONE Campus is here to shake things up and offer you five non-traditional, equally delicious African inspired side dishes for the holidays. Whether you or your guests are vegetarian, vegan, or even gluten free, this list has a dish for everyone at the table.

1. Jollof Rice

Switch out the mashed potatoes for a rice dish this year with some delicious jollof rice. ONE Campus has a great recipe blog with a step-by-step explanation on how to make this dish. It’s as tasty as it is easy. This dish is also the perfect opportunity to get creative — feel free to switch out the shrimp for tofu, chicken or extra veggies. The possibilities are endless and great for vegan or gluten-free needs.

2. East African Chapati

While everyone loves some good cornbread or fresh-out-of-the-oven rolls, try something new this year and say hello to East African Chapati — a flaky, delicious bread option. This is a great budget-friendly recipe that only takes five ingredients and just a bit of elbow grease (the more you knead the dough, the airier and lighter the bread gets). You’ll be sure to impress friends and family with homemade bread.

3. Liberian-Style Collard Greens

Here’s a delicious twist on a soul food classic: Liberian Style Collard Greens. Secret ingredient? Peanut butter! It’s always fun to switch up a classic and this recipe is sure to spice up any gathering with its cayenne pepper — the recipe recommends a pinch but add as much as you like. While this recipe does include meat, feel free to go without or keep it on the side for any vegetarian friends and family.

4. South African Melktert

Don’t worry, desert was not forgotten! This South-African Melktert (Milk Tart) consists of ingredients you probably already have in your fridge, so it’s safe to call this one a win. The prep also consists of just tossing it all in one big bowl — so move over, cranberry sauce, ONE Campus has found a new effortless recipe for you to contribute.

5. Shakshouka

We didn’t forget about holiday breakfasts either! Shakshouka is an amazingly healthy breakfast option that’s budget-friendly and relatively easy to make. (Sensing a theme?) Shakshouka is appropriately named: It’s Libyan Arabic for “mixture” and it indeed consists of a delicious combination of veggies, eggs, and meat. Follow along with this super helpful ONE Campus recipe blog and voila! Breakfast is served!


What’s your favorite homemade holiday side dish? Comment below to let us know. (Brownie points for pictures!)