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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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While this is delicious grilled, I've also cooked it in the oven at 350° for an hour. Add cubed ham to it and you can serve it as a full-meal main dish.— Margaret Riley, Tallahassee, Florida
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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

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

And the Beets Go On

And the Beets Go On

And the Beets Go On

This is an appetizing side dish. Their ruby red color and tangy flavor make these beets an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day.
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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.

Springtime Asparagus Medley

Springtime Asparagus Medley

Springtime Asparagus Medley

Seasonal and tasty, this colorful side dish is delicious served warm or cold. I get lots of compliments on the zesty sauce.

Fluffy Creamed Potatoes

Fluffy Creamed Potatoes

Fluffy Creamed Potatoes

"WE ALWAYS had mashed potatoes with our roast beef, only we called them 'creamed' potatoes, a cloud-like delight crowned with golden-brown gravy from the roast! Any kind of potato will do...the secret to making them light and fluffy is in the whipping!"

Skillet Sausage Stuffing

Skillet Sausage Stuffing

Skillet Sausage Stuffing

I dressed up a package of stuffing mix with pork sausage, mushrooms, celery and onion to make this stuffing. It impressed my in-laws at a family gathering and has since become a popular side dish with my husband and children. —Jennifer Lynn Cullen, Taylor, Michigan

Parmesan Creamed Spinach

Parmesan Creamed Spinach

Parmesan Creamed Spinach

This rich and creamy spinach dish takes just minutes to make. If I'm expecting guests, I'll double or triple the recipe. —Leann Ross, San Tan Valley, Arizona

Fontina Potatoes Au Gratin

Fontina Potatoes Au Gratin

Fontina Potatoes Au Gratin

We use a white sauce and mild fontina cheese to coat sliced potatoes in this casserole for two. It's rich and delicious!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Potatoes for a Crowd

Potatoes for a Crowd

Potatoes for a Crowd

Here's a creamy comforting potato casserole to make when you need a side dish sure to please a large group. It's so simple to assemble, and everyone likes the flavor. -Merrill Powers Spearville, Kansas

Garlic-Oregano Grilled Potato Fans

Garlic-Oregano Grilled Potato Fans

Garlic-Oregano Grilled Potato Fans

Turn everyday baked potatoes into an impressive grilled delight with this simple and flavorful treatment. Jennifer Black-Ortiz of San Jose, California shares the recipe.
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