I picked up this recipe while working for the Navy in New Orleans. It's a mouthwatering combination of meats, beans and seasonings. I take this dish to many potlucks and never fail to bring home an empty pot.— Kathy Jacques, Chesterfield, Michigan
I've found a fast and fantastic way to turn leftover rice into a spectacular side dish. I spice it up with Creole seasoning and pepper to give it a boost of flavor, then sprinkle it with paprika for color. Rest assured that no one will figure out the zippy combination is a "second-day dish".
When my husband and I were newlyweds and far from family, we invited friends over for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. I searched for stuffing recipes and combined the best aspects of several to create this one. Everyone liked it, and I still make it for holidays.
"I came up with this recipe by sheer luck when I was trying to create a good tasting yet different side dish," explains Naomi Kay Smith of Canandaigua, New York. She tosses the crisp fries with Cajun seasoning and Parmesan cheese. "They're a bit hit with my family."
Fried fish wouldn't be complete without chips. A cool sour cream sauce tames the heat in these taters, but if you're looking for more spice, add chili powder to the seasonings. —Theresa Eischens, Hutchinson, Minnesota Crispy Beer Battered Fish Recipe >
"I'm originally from Honduras, where beans are served in different variations for breakfast, lunch and dinner," relates Carin Perkins of Waukesha, Wisconsin. "This bean and rice dish has been enjoyed by my family for generations. It's not spicy but gets nice flavor from the cilantro and cumin.