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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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Jen's Baked Beans

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Jennifer Heasley
My daughters wanted baked beans, so I gave homemade ones a shot. With mustard, molasses and a dash of heat, I made these beans absolutely delicious. —Jennifer Heasley, York, Pennsylvania
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Twice-Baked Creamy Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Creamy Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Creamy Sweet Potatoes

“Everyone loves twice-baked potatoes but they're even better made with sweet potatoes! The microwave helps turn ordinary potatoes into a dish fit for a holiday.” —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Homemade Mashed Potato Bake

Homemade Mashed Potato Bake

Homemade Mashed Potato Bake

A co-worker gave me this recipe. Once my family tasted it, we all agreed it was a keeper! Speckled with ham and flavored with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, it's a little different.—Gail Buss, Westminster, Maryland

Corn 'n' Bean Bake

Corn 'n' Bean Bake

Corn 'n' Bean Bake

Surprise your family when you put this green bean dish with a twist on the table. Whole kernel corn and buttery crackers bring a new taste to this creamy casserole. —Nellie Perdue, Summer Shade, Kentucky
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Spanakopita Mashed Potatoes

Spanakopita Mashed Potatoes

Spanakopita Mashed Potatoes

I learned to cook by watching my mom in the kitchen. Most of the recipes I make use only five or six ingredients, and have a healthier bent. I created this recipe after I tried a spinach-topped baked potato. Flecks of red and green from the potato skin and spinach make these potatoes look festive and special. By not peeling the potatoes, you not only keep some nutrients, you also save on prep time.—Ashley Levy, Columbia, Maryland

Rice Vegetable Pie

Rice Vegetable Pie

Rice Vegetable Pie

When craving a meatless meal, we look no further than this creative pie, writes Hazel Porter from Sublimity, Oregon. Rice and cheese make an excellent crust and the pie stays creamy after baking.

Briquette Scalloped Potatoes

Briquette Scalloped Potatoes

Briquette Scalloped Potatoes

Creamy and cheesy with a touch of garlic, these delicious potatoes make a great side dish for anything! Don’t worry about leftovers…there won’t be any. —June Dress, Boise, Idaho

Eddie's Favorite Fiesta Corn

Eddie's Favorite Fiesta Corn

Eddie's Favorite Fiesta Corn

When sweet corn is available, I love making this splurge of a side dish. Frozen corn works, but taste as you go and add sugar if needed. —Anthony Bolton, Bellevue, NE

Sausage & Rice Stuffed Pumpkins

Sausage & Rice Stuffed Pumpkins

Sausage & Rice Stuffed Pumpkins

My children often request this dish. It also adds a great "wow" factor to a festive buffet table.—Andria Peckham, Lowell, Michigan

Hearty Calico Bean Bake

Hearty Calico Bean Bake

Hearty Calico Bean Bake

For years, my mother made this savory-sweet bean dish. I was always thrilled when it was on the menu, and now I serve it often to my own family. You can vary the types of beans used, if you wish. —Heather Biedler Laura, Illinois

Breaded Tomatoes

Breaded Tomatoes

Breaded Tomatoes

I grew up in southern California, and my dad took advantage of our long growing season by keeping a great garden. Dad grew potatoes, lettuce, radishes, onions and lots of tomatoes. If we were lucky enough to have meat on Sunday, Mother would fix this tomato side dish. The sauce gives them a different flavor.

Fried Onions and Apples

Fried Onions and Apples

Fried Onions and Apples

Since a lot of delicious onions are grown in our state, they are always part of my menu. This tangy side dish is good with pork and beef. The inspiration for this unusual combination was a prolific apple tree!—Janice Mitchell, Aurora, Colorado
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