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Grains Side Dish Recipes

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Creamy Cheesy Grits

Creamy Cheesy Grits

Creamy Cheesy Grits

Rich and creamy these grits make a great side dish for a Southern-style meal. I make these at my annual Kentucky Derby party.—Kristin Arnett, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Grits

"We often serve this Carolina Low Country favorite at our family's restaurant, Fresh House, in Albermarle, North Carolina," says Robin Hinson. "I've scaled our jumbo-sized version of the recipe down to feed a family."

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
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Asian Quinoa

Asian Quinoa

Asian Quinoa

I love to cook and come up with new recipes. I serve this dish at least once a month and sometimes more. For a different twist, I'll occasionally add a scrambled egg or use soy sauce instead of the rice vinegar. —Sonya Labbe, Santa Monica, California

Springtime Barley

Springtime Barley

Springtime Barley

While working as a sorority house mother, Sharon Helmick of Colfax, Washington occasionally filled in for the cook. “The girls really liked low-fat dishes like this attractive medley,” Sharon notes.

Spiced Polenta Steak Fries

Spiced Polenta Steak Fries

Spiced Polenta Steak Fries

Adults and kids alike will delight in these healthy steak-fry-stand-ins with a subtly crisp and spicy exterior and a creamy, sweet interior. They were created by our Test Kitchen.

Crispy Seasoned Polenta Squares

Crispy Seasoned Polenta Squares

Crispy Seasoned Polenta Squares

Crisp polenta squares make a delightful side for a variety of main dishes. Sun-dried tomatoes and just the right amount of seasoning make them seem special...a dollop of sour cream adds the finishing touch! Shelly Fisher - Hermiston, Oregon

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

This cool refreshing salad is perfect to serve in warm weather. Bulgur blends deliciously with parsley, mint, tomatoes, onions and lemon juice. "My brother brought this great grain dish to a family gathering," explains Wanda Watson of Irving, Texas. "I loved the taste and texture so much, I had to have his recipe.

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.

Tabouli Primavera

Tabouli Primavera

Tabouli Primavera

Tabouli is a Middle Eastern vegetarian salad, primarily made with bulgur, lemon juice, tomato and herbs. This version is delicious! —Kristin Arnett, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Confetti Barley Pilaf

Confetti Barley Pilaf

Confetti Barley Pilaf

This pilaf is both colorful and tasty," says Kris Erickson from Everett, Washington. "The slightly chewy texture of the barley, the tender vegetables and lively spices make it special enough for company. I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen—especially with grains and veggies."
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