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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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Twice-Baked Cheddar Potato Casserole

Twice-Baked Cheddar Potato Casserole

Twice-Baked Cheddar Potato Casserole

Bacon, cheddar and sour cream turn ordinary potatoes into an extraordinary casserole. It's one of our family's beloved standards for the holidays. —Kyle Cox, Scottsdale, Arizona

Bacon Mac & Cheese

Bacon Mac & Cheese

Bacon Mac & Cheese

Bacon and jalapeno pepper update ordinary mac and cheese, giving it great grown-up taste. I serve this comforting dish throughout the year.—Shelly Boehm, South Bend, Indiana

Coconut-Pecan Sweet Potatoes

Coconut-Pecan Sweet Potatoes

Coconut-Pecan Sweet Potatoes

These delicious sweet potatoes cook effortlessly in the slow cooker so you can tend to other things. Coconut gives this classic a fresh twist. —Raquel Haggard, Edmond, Oklahoma
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Cabbage Casserole

Cabbage Casserole

Cabbage Casserole

Even those who don't care for cabbage will enjoy it make this way. This tangy, creamy, comforting side dish goes exceptionally well with pork roast. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana

Company Corn

Company Corn

Company Corn

This simple Thanksgiving dish is a cherished family favorite. It’s been passed around for so long, no one can remember who it came from first! —Shannon Schirm Green River, Wyoming

Saucy Calico Beans

Saucy Calico Beans

Saucy Calico Beans

A picnic favorite, this saucy bean medley isn't overly sweet like some versions. The dish will be empty before you know it! —Pat Price Cook, Mission Viejo, California

Texas Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Texas Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Texas Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These creamy mashed potatoes get their flavor burst from garlic and caramelized onions. They're great with any meal. —Richard Markle, Midlothian, Texas

Creamy Carrot Casserole

Creamy Carrot Casserole

Creamy Carrot Casserole

My mom and I developed this recipe to see if there was a carrot dish that even people who don't care for carrots would enjoy. So far, I haven't met anyone who hasn't liked this casserole. —Laurie Heward, Fillmore, Utah

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

My Italian mother remembers her mother making these dumplings for special occasions. She still has the bowl Grandma mixed the dough in, which will be passed down to me some day. —Tina Repak of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Calico Squash Casserole

Calico Squash Casserole

Calico Squash Casserole

I love to try out different recipes for the squash I grow in my garden. It's fun to bring this beautiful casserole to potlucks because I know it'll go fast. Even the little ones like it. —Lucille Terry, Frankfort, Kentucky

Loaded Red Potato Casserole

Loaded Red Potato Casserole

Loaded Red Potato Casserole

"This potato casserole has the same flavor of the potato skins you can order as a restaurant appetizer," shares Charlane Gathy of Lexington, Kentucky. "It's an ideal dish for tailgating and potlucks."
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