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Comfort Food Side Dishes

Add interest to any plate with these recipes for comfort food side dishes, including pasta, vegetables, soup, potatoes, mac and cheese, casserole, baked beans, stuffing, corn pudding and more.

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I’m all about easy slow-cooker meals. Using more cheese than ever, I’ve developed an addictive spin on this casserole favorite. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, NY
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Sage Mashed Potatoes

Sage Mashed Potatoes

Sage Mashed Potatoes

"My daughters and I get together on Friday nights to try out new recipes, and we like to use a lot of herbs," says field editor Harriet Stichter of Milford, Indiana. "I don't care for mashed potatoes, but sage and onion make these irresistible."

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

In Bryan, Texas, Erin Littlefield saves herself the trouble of husking those ears of sweet corn she brings to family picnics and get-togethers with this scrumptious grilling technique. “My husband came up with the sweet and spicy glaze,“ she confides. “It tastes really good, looks beautiful with the flecks of red pepper and requires much less butter than folks generally use.“

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.
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Green Peas Supreme

Green Peas Supreme

Green Peas Supreme

Canadian bacon and pearl onions are tasty additions to this simple stovetop side dish made with convenient frozen peas. "I always get requests for second helpings," reports Marlene Muchenhirn from Delano, Minnesota.

Maple-Almond Butternut Squash

Maple-Almond Butternut Squash

Maple-Almond Butternut Squash

A heartwarming side dish, especially on chilly days, Maple-Almond Butternut Squash is a cinch to prepare, making it a good choice for any weeknight. It’s impressive enough for company, too.

Dilled Corn and Peas

Dilled Corn and Peas

Dilled Corn and Peas

Celebrate the harvest seasons with this striking combination of crisp colorful vegetables. Seasoned with dill, butter, salt and pepper, it's an easy but impressive addition to any meal. —Marlene Muckenhirn, Delano, Minnesota

Alfredo Rice Casserole

Alfredo Rice Casserole

Alfredo Rice Casserole

Rice lovers won’t be able to get enough of this creamy, comforting casserole. Substitute a mushroom Alfredo or three-cheese sauce for equally delicious results.—Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho

Creamy Rosemary Potatoes

Creamy Rosemary Potatoes

Creamy Rosemary Potatoes

I love making potato dishes during the holidays. Everyone will fall in love with these tender spuds that bake in a creamy sauce and are perfectly seasoned with rosemary and garlic.—Tamra Duncan, Castle, Oklahoma

Twice-Baked Potatoes Supreme

Twice-Baked Potatoes Supreme

Twice-Baked Potatoes Supreme

On Christmas Day, we invite all our nearby relatives to dinner. One way I make the meal memorable is with this side dish that combines mashed and baked potatoes.

Asian Stuffed Zucchini

Asian Stuffed Zucchini

Asian Stuffed Zucchini

"When a friend and I decided to grow zucchini, we had no idea what the results would be," details Rose LaCore of Elizabeth, Minnesota. "We made everything we could think of to use up our crop. This recipe, with its refreshing flavor, found favor with our families."

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Can't decide whether to cook vegetables or pasta for a side dish? Try combining them in this medley. It received rave reviews at our volunteer fire department meeting. Now, I make it for other covered-dish suppers.
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