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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.

Herbed Lentils and Rice

Herbed Lentils and Rice

Herbed Lentils and Rice

Looking for dishes that are both healthy and yummy, Judy Manbeck latched on to lentils, "I'm trying to incorporate more legumes and whole grains into our diet, so this blend of lentils and rice is perfect," she writes from Chanute, Kansas.

Toasted Muesli

Toasted Muesli

Toasted Muesli

"Here's a healthy start to the day that can be made ahead, then the crisp mixture can be eaten quickly on the way to work or school," notes Jennifer Wilson, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Squash and Bean Saute

Squash and Bean Saute

Squash and Bean Saute

We like to include meatless dishes in our diet. This nicely seasoned vegetable medley is easy to prepare and really delicious. Sometimes we even enjoy it as a main entree. —Ellie Vorous of Seaford, Delaware
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Grilled Corn with Chive Butter

Grilled Corn with Chive Butter

Grilled Corn with Chive Butter

When our son was young, corn was the only vegetable he'd eat. My husband and I soon got bored with the simple salt and butter topping, so I stirred in some lemon juice and chives.—Sue Kirsch, Eden Pairie, Minnesota

Family-Style Baked Beans

Family-Style Baked Beans

Family-Style Baked Beans

My mother has been making these baked beans for more than 30 years. Whenever I serve them at cookouts or family gatherings, I receive many compliments. —Cathy Weidner, Cincinnati, Ohio

Crispy Baked Onion Rings

Crispy Baked Onion Rings

Crispy Baked Onion Rings

These crispy, lightly browned rings from Della Stamp of Long Beach, California are a healthy alternative to the deep-fried version. Thyme and paprika enhance the flavor of the tender onions.

Deep-Fried Potato Skins

Deep-Fried Potato Skins

Deep-Fried Potato Skins

"The combination of potatoes, cheese, bacon and garlic dip in this recipe is fantastic," says Leslie Cunnian of Peterborough, Ontario. "The skins can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish with roast prime rib or any other entree you choose."

Hearty Baked Beans

Hearty Baked Beans

Hearty Baked Beans

This saucy dish is flavorful and filling, chock-full of ground beef, bacon and four varieties of beans. I've had the recipe for over 10 years and make it often for big appetites at home and potlucks at work and church. —Cathy Swancutt, Junction City, Oregon

Homemade Cheesy Potato Soup

Homemade Cheesy Potato Soup

Homemade Cheesy Potato Soup

It doesn't take long for Tammy Condit, League City, Texas to put bowls of this comforting soup on the table. Convenience items such as canned soup and process cheese simplify the preparation.

Homemade Hash Browns

Homemade Hash Browns

Homemade Hash Browns

Hosting a large brunch gathering? A big batch of these hearty hash browns from our Test Kitchen is sure to be popular. The recipe makes a lot, so if you're feeding a few, you can use the leftovers in the two dishes that follow.

Cheesy Bacon Hash Brown Bake

Cheesy Bacon Hash Brown Bake

Cheesy Bacon Hash Brown Bake

"About 15 years ago, a co-worker brought these rich potatoes to a potluck, and they were an instant hit," recalls Patricia Monahan, Smithfield, Rhode Island. "I've been bringing them to gatherings ever since. I usually start with frozen hash browns, bake the casserole twice as long, then transfer it to a slow cooker to keep warm while serving."
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