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Side Dish Recipes

Discover the perfect accompaniment for your next meal with these delicious side dishes. Find potato, rice and vegetable side dishes as well as side dishes for chicken, fish, steak, ham and more. Browse the best recipes for easy and healthy side dishes.

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Mushroom & Peas Rice Pilaf

Anything goes in a rice pilaf, so add peas and baby Portobello mushrooms for extra color, texture and a touch of comfort. — Stacy Mullens, Gresham, Oregon
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Roasted Carrots with Thyme

Roasted Carrots with Thyme

Roasted Carrots with Thyme

Cutting the carrots lengthwise makes this dish look extra pretty.—Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

Grilled Herb Potatoes

Grilled Herb Potatoes

Grilled Herb Potatoes

Every year my father and I plant a garden together. After an especially great growing season, we had plenty of produce to eat! We like to use fresh herbs from our garden but dry is just as tasty in this dish. —Bernadette Bennett, Waco, Texas

BLT Twice-Baked Potatoes

BLT Twice-Baked Potatoes

BLT Twice-Baked Potatoes

Two favorites go together in this hearty dish: BLTs and twice-baked potatoes. I like to serve these potatoes with grilled steaks or barbecued chicken. —Mary Shenk, DeKalb, Illinois

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Chinese-Style Zucchini

Chinese-Style Zucchini

Chinese-Style Zucchini

A quick side, this fresh-tasting dish is a good pair with salmon. The toasted sesame seeds really bring out the flavor. —Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan

Hodgepodge Stew

Hodgepodge Stew

Hodgepodge Stew

This is a dish that I enjoyed as a child and still remember with pleasure. Mom's homemade bread made the perfect complement to this meal.

Corn Casserole

Corn Casserole

Corn Casserole

For almost 30 years, I've been preparing this zippy side dish for all sorts of gatherings. In fact, whenever I'm invited to an event that involves food, it's "understood" that I'll bring this casserole. Plus, it's a great way to use up hard-cooked eggs. -Patricia Friend, Milledgeville, Georgia

Potato Nests with Peas

Potato Nests with Peas

Potato Nests with Peas

I SERVE potatoes with just about every meal. Besides using this recipe as a side dish, I discovered I could serve it as a main dish for a lighter meal. It satisfies the appetite well, especially for us older folks. A dear friend shared this recipe with me several years ago. -Margery Bryan, Royal City, Washington

Dilly Asparagus

Dilly Asparagus

Dilly Asparagus

This makes a good cool vegetable on a hot day—it's long been in my recipe file, and we have Dilly Asparagus often. My husband and I farm ranch in central Texas. I enjoy cooking, especially when I'm trying out new recipes shared by friends or by other Country Woman subscribers. (I love CW!)

Heavenly Onion Casserole

Heavenly Onion Casserole

Heavenly Onion Casserole

I like to serve this side often. It goes wonderfully with many different main dishes including chicken, beef, lamb or pork.—Maryln Rose, Naples, Florida

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

My sister-in-law, who is a dietitian, shared this recipe with me. Buttermilk and garlic flavor these smooth mashed potatoes that are better for you than typical versions that include lots of butter. —Stephanie Bremson of Kansas City, Missouri

Old-Fashioned Pot Roast

Old-Fashioned Pot Roast

Old-Fashioned Pot Roast

I got this recipe from my mom, a great cook. My sister, dad and I loved it when she made her pot roast. Later, I served this dish in our restaurant for many years. It's a recipe that just says "home cooking."

Lemon-Glazed Carrots

Lemon-Glazed Carrots

Lemon-Glazed Carrots

These lovely tangy carrots are a super vegetable side dish.—Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana

Old-Country Sauerkraut 'N' Ribs

Old-Country Sauerkraut 'N' Ribs

Old-Country Sauerkraut 'N' Ribs

This simple one-pan dish is a complete meal and takes little time to prepare . Whenever I served this to my family I felt they were getting a hearty meal. It became a favorite. -Helen Wentz North Fort Myers, Florida

Peanut Ginger Pasta

Peanut Ginger Pasta

Peanut Ginger Pasta

Tip Idea: To make this healthier and save 2 grams of fat per serving, use reduced-fat peanut butter.

Squash Casserole Side Dish

Squash Casserole Side Dish

Squash Casserole Side Dish

Our 1-year-old son can be a fussy eater, and my husband is mostly a "meat and taters" man. But both my guys love this cheesy squash bake! Often, I make a double batch of it and take one to the 4-H nutrition class I teach. It's a "hit" there, too. If you're a pressed-for-time cook like I am, this squash casserole will streamline your menu planning.

Rice with Herbs

Rice with Herbs

Rice with Herbs

Ordinary rice is spiced up with zesty poultry seasoning. This pairs well with the Mediterranean Chicken Stew, but would also be a nice stand-alone side dish with any entree.

Four-Bean Supreme

Four-Bean Supreme

Four-Bean Supreme

This recipe has been in my family as long as anyone can remember. It's possible it came from Ireland with my great-great-grandparents.
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