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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.

Ginger Carrots

Ginger Carrots

Ginger Carrots

“Ginger adds extra zing to this bright orange side dish,” relates Joyce Guth of Mohnton, Pennsylvania. “It goes especially well with a ham dinner.”

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.

Carrot Potato Casserole

Carrot Potato Casserole

Carrot Potato Casserole

I've been relying on this recipe for more than 30 years. That's a true testament to how delicious it is!
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Baked Creamy Spinach

Baked Creamy Spinach

Baked Creamy Spinach

Even folks not find of spinach find this creamy casserole irresistable. It's a favorite of my family at the holidays.

Calico Corn Cakes

Calico Corn Cakes

Calico Corn Cakes

Served with salsa on the side, these fluffy corn cakes from our Test Kitchan make a fantastic side for nearly any main dish, especially those with Southwestern flair. Try serving them with sour cream on the side for a little extra kick.

Chili Cheddar Penne

Chili Cheddar Penne

Chili Cheddar Penne

There's plenty of saucy, cheese flavor in Chili Cheddar Penne, from Aaron Werner of Madison, Wisconsin. Taco seasoning and canned chilies give it a zippy Southwestern flare. Make it as spicy as you like by using mild or hot chilies and regular or spicy taco seasoning. Make this dish as spicy as you like by using mild or hot chilies, as well as regular or spicy taco seasoning. Save the rest of the taco seasoning packet to use for another dish.

Couscous-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Couscous-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Couscous-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Our Test Kitchen combined this popular winter squash with couscous, cherries, walnuts and seasonings and served it in the shell. Even kids will like this flavorful and filling dish.

Broccoli-Stuffed Potatoes with Dill

Broccoli-Stuffed Potatoes with Dill

Broccoli-Stuffed Potatoes with Dill

This hearty broccoli-and-cheese potato gets extra flavor from sour cream and fresh dill. Serve it as a side or as a light lunch by itself. To speed up prep, start with a microwaved potato, suggests Fran Scott of Birmingham, Michigan.

Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

This moist dressing is perfect when paired with poultry or even pork. The sweet-tart flavor of the dried cranberries really complements the dish's turkey sausage. —Corinne Portteus, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Slow-Cooked Lemon Red Potatoes

Slow-Cooked Lemon Red Potatoes

Slow-Cooked Lemon Red Potatoes

Butter, lemon juice, parsley and chives enhance this simple side dish. They also cook up nicely in a slow cooker.

Saucy Potatoes with Ham

Saucy Potatoes with Ham

Saucy Potatoes with Ham

Being a potato fan, I make this good, old-fashioned side dish when I’m in the mood for comfort food. It’s always a hit on the potluck table. Add more ham and you can serve it as an entree.
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