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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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On Christmas night, a friend serves these creamy, cheesy potatoes when we gather together to celebrate with lifelong friends and grown children. —Carol Blue, Barnesville, PA
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Skillet Zucchini and Sausage

Skillet Zucchini and Sausage

Skillet Zucchini and Sausage

I lived on the Oregon coast for 20 years, and during that time I had plenty of guests. I often turned to this dish when folks dropped by because it was easy to make and took little time to prepare. And judging by the requests I received for the recipe, everyone seemed to love it! This dish goes well with skillet corn bread or garlic bread.

Spinach Artichoke Pie

Spinach Artichoke Pie

Spinach Artichoke Pie

Spinach is an abundant vegetable grown here in our state. I make this side dish often when spinach is in season.
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Home-Style Mashed Potatoes

Home-Style Mashed Potatoes

Home-Style Mashed Potatoes

Leaving the tender skins on the spuds not only saves time, it sparks the taste and adds color to these hearty mashed potatoes. They're perfect with the pork roast and versatile enough to go well with other entrees. —Christine Wilson Sellersville, Pennsylvania

Confetti Mashed Potatoes

Confetti Mashed Potatoes

Confetti Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes make a beautiful side dish for any meal. Onion, peppers and cheese add color and flavor to the potatoes. —LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma

Cheese-Stuffed Twice-Baked Potatoes

Cheese-Stuffed Twice-Baked Potatoes

Cheese-Stuffed Twice-Baked Potatoes

This is the first recipe I made when I initially became interested in cooking. No one can resist the creamy filling inside the crispy potato skins.—Cyndy Gerken, Naples, Florida

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

My sister-in-law, who is a dietitian, shared this recipe with me. Buttermilk and garlic flavor these smooth mashed potatoes that are better for you than typical versions that include lots of butter. —Stephanie Bremson of Kansas City, Missouri

Contest-Winning Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Contest-Winning Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Contest-Winning Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Meet the Cook: When I prepare these sweet potatoes, I like to serve them with ham. Those two different tastes always team really well. In 35 years together, my husband's eaten lots of my "accidents"! We have three children and four grandchildren. -Miriam Christophel, Battle Creek, Michigan

Cauliflower with Mushroom-Almond Sauce

Cauliflower with Mushroom-Almond Sauce

Cauliflower with Mushroom-Almond Sauce

The roots of Elinor Levine's recipe go back a generation. "It was the dish my mother always made for my Dad," she explains from her West Palm Beach, Florida home.

Sweet Potatoes with Apples

Sweet Potatoes with Apples

Sweet Potatoes with Apples

This satisfying dish is very welcome at any meal at our house, especially on holidays. The tart apple slices taste so good baked on top of the mild sweet potatoes. —Jean Winfree, Wausau, Wisconsin

Creamy Mushrooms

Creamy Mushrooms

Creamy Mushrooms

So simply prepared yet so satisfyingly good, these thinly sliced mushrooms are creamy, mild and comforting.
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