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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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Who doesn’t love fluffy, homemade mashed potatoes? Make them even better with sharp cheddar cheese. To get them really creamy, my mother's secret was to add whipping cream instead of half-and-half. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
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Grilled Marjoram Corn

Grilled Marjoram Corn

Grilled Marjoram Corn

“We love grilled veggies and this recipe is a family favorite,” notes Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The sweet corn husks are soaked first for precise steaming and served with a tasty marjoram butter.

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

Smokin' Spiced Corn

Smokin' Spiced Corn

Smokin' Spiced Corn

My dad, the family gardener, grew corn in abundance, so it graced our table A LOT. This is one of the ways my grandmother spiced it up on the grill. —Shirley Hodge, Bangor, Pennsylvania
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Grandma's Stuffed Yellow Squash

Grandma's Stuffed Yellow Squash

Grandma's Stuffed Yellow Squash

“My grandma, who raised me, was an awesome cook. This is a recipe she fixed every summer when our garden overflowed with yellow squash. My family still enjoys it,” writes Janie McGraw of Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

Midnight Mashed Potatoes

Midnight Mashed Potatoes

Midnight Mashed Potatoes

Garlic, onion salt and Parmesan cheese season these mashed potatoes that get a bit of richness from sour cream. For a fancy look, use a pastry tip to pipe the potatoes into rosettes before baking.

Old-Fashioned Green Beans

Old-Fashioned Green Beans

Old-Fashioned Green Beans

Mom would prepare home-grown green beans using this recipe, and boy did they ever taste good. The bacon provides rich flavor and the brown sugar a touch of sweetness. This is one irresistible side dish. -Willa Govoro, St. Clair, Missouri

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

Nelda's Sausage and Rice Dressing

Nelda's Sausage and Rice Dressing

Nelda's Sausage and Rice Dressing

This is an original recipe that I developed 15 years ago, and I can't count how many times I've used it since. Don't wait until Thanksgiving to try it.

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

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

Maple-Walnut Sweet Potatoes

Maple-Walnut Sweet Potatoes

Maple-Walnut Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes with dried cherries and walnuts make this a delicious dish.—Sarah Herse, Brooklyn, New York
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