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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.

Harvard Beets

Harvard Beets

Harvard Beets

This pretty side dish’s bright, citrusy flavors are a great perk-up for down-to-earth entrees—and for people who usually shy away from beets. —Jean Ann Perkins, Newburyport, Maryland

Zesty Herbed Rice Pilaf

Zesty Herbed Rice Pilaf

Zesty Herbed Rice Pilaf

The zesty flavor of onion is great with the crunch of celery in this light dish. It's a tasty side dish for a holiday meal. I sometimes add chopped shrimp, chicken or beef to make it into a one-dish meal.

Lima Bean Casserole

Lima Bean Casserole

Lima Bean Casserole

When my daughter was growing up, I could get her to eat lima beans in this casserole with lots of cheese. She's an adult now and still thinks cheese helps almost every vegetable recipe!—Tickle Ragland, Hodgenville, Kentucky
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Mashed Potatoes with Horseradish

Mashed Potatoes with Horseradish

Mashed Potatoes with Horseradish

Instead of the ever-popular garlic mashed potatoes, this unusual recipe calls for prepared horseradish. This zippy side dish would be great with roast beef.—Cynthia Gobeli, Norton, Ohio

Mom's Potato Pancakes

Mom's Potato Pancakes

Mom's Potato Pancakes

These old-fashioned pancakes are fluffy inside and crispy outside. Onion adds nice flavor. Mom got this recipe from Grandma, so we've enjoyed it for years. -Dianne Esposite, New Middletown, Ohio

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

Parsley Potatoes

Parsley Potatoes

Parsley Potatoes

The fresh flavor of parsley is perfect with hot buttered potatoes-it adds a little extra zip. I used this recipe when I did all the cooking at our restaurant, and customers loved it.

Party Potatoes

Party Potatoes

Party Potatoes

These creamy tasty potatoes can be made the day before and stored in the refrigerator until you're ready to pop them in the oven (I often do that). The garlic powder and chives add zip, and the shredded cheese adds color. —Sharon Mensing, Greenfield, Iowa

Picnic Baked Beans

Picnic Baked Beans

Picnic Baked Beans

I loved it when my mom made these classic beans...now I make them for my family. They have great old-fashioned flavor and are a real crowd-pleaser. I like to make them for potlucks, picnics or as part of a summertime dinner.

Potato Pie

Potato Pie

Potato Pie

I've collected a large variety of recipes using our farm's crop of potatoes. This is a favorite. It has a wonderful pastry crust and is chock-full of sliced potatoes with onion, parsley and seasoning.—Patricia Wells, Riverhead, New York

Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

With just five ingredients, I can assemble this dish in no time, pop it in the oven and forget about it.—Christopher Gordon, Springfield, Missouri
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