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Grains Side Dish Recipes

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Best Hush Puppies

Best Hush Puppies

Best Hush Puppies

Some years ago, I was a cook on a large cattle ranch. One day, I thought back to the hush puppies I'd had as a child on a Southern trip, and I ended up creating my own version of them. They go well as part of an old-fashioned fried chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, buttermilk biscuits, corn on the cob and watermelon pickles! My husband is a farmer and also a truck driver. We have two grown children and two younger ones, 6 and 2.

Chili Cheese Grits

Chili Cheese Grits

Chili Cheese Grits

This zesty dish is a real crowd-pleaser. It's great as a side dish and can also be served as a cold appetizer.

Sausage-Barley Casserole

Sausage-Barley Casserole

Sausage-Barley Casserole

This is the perfect dish for a cool winter evening. It uses a grain which is usually reserved for baking but it is perfect in this casserole.—Mary Beth Jung, Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Barley and Corn Casserole

Barley and Corn Casserole

Barley and Corn Casserole

This hearty colorful casserole goes well with pork, chicken or fish. For convenience, it can be made ahead and refrigerated before serving.—Diane Molberg, Emerald Park, Saskatchewan

Broccoli Risotto

Broccoli Risotto

Broccoli Risotto

You want to add liquid to the risotto a little at a time, stirring constantly and make sure to cook just until it's creamy and the grains are tender.

Onion Barley Casserole

Onion Barley Casserole

Onion Barley Casserole

MY HUSBAND and I grew up on plain hearty foods, and we both learned early on that simple food, well prepared, maintains good health. I always felt I was giving my family the best when I prepared this dish. They loved the nutty flavor and chewy texture of the barley, and it was a delicious departure from rice as a side dish.—Elaine Kremenak Grants Pass, Oregon

Broccoli Barley Saute

Broccoli Barley Saute

Broccoli Barley Saute

Here's a fun way to "spice up" your skillet suppers! Barley is a nice change of pace from rice, and the veggies and peanuts add a fun and festive crunch.

Fried Cornmeal Mush

Fried Cornmeal Mush

Fried Cornmeal Mush

I've been eating cornmeal mush ever since I was a little girl. Now it's become popular with my family. I especially love this version because the batter is made ahead of time and fried the next morning.

Golden Country Grits

Golden Country Grits

Golden Country Grits

Although I was born and raised in the South, I never really cared for this truly Southern dish, but one day I was poring over my mother's collection of recipes, saw this and decided to give it a try. I've been a grits lover ever since.

Apricot Barley Casserole

Apricot Barley Casserole

Apricot Barley Casserole

It doesn't take long to put together this pretty side dish dotted with dried apricots and golden raisins. Then just pop it into the oven and enjoy the aroma! Diane Swink of Signal Mountain, Tennessee writes, "My mother was a farm girl who helped feed the threshers during harvesttime. They always asked for seconds of this."

Roasted Corn and Garlic Rice

Roasted Corn and Garlic Rice

Roasted Corn and Garlic Rice

"I usually roast quite a few ears of corn when they are on sale and freeze what I don't use at that time," writes Marilyn Rodriguez of Fairbanks, Alaska. "This is a wonderful side dish to go with a fish fry, barbecue or almost any summer meal. It's a constant at my house."
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