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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.

Surprise Stuffing

Surprise Stuffing

Surprise Stuffing

When my grandchildren refused to eat yellow summer squash, I came up with this recipe, a tasty side dish for any meat. It's a lightly sweet, hearty stuffing that's a hit with kids and adults.—Frances Tanner, Milledgeville, Georgia

Sugared Asparagus

Sugared Asparagus

Sugared Asparagus

When my husband and I moved from Oklahoma to Rio Grande Valley in Texas years ago, I gained an appreciation for a variety of fresh vegetables. This tasty recipe is a simple way to dress up one of our favorites—asparagus! —Billie Moss, El Sobrante, California

Broccoli Rice Casserole

Broccoli Rice Casserole

Broccoli Rice Casserole

This hearty casserole is my favorite dish to make for a potluck. With the green of the broccoli and the rich cheese sauce, it's pretty to serve, and it makes a tasty side dish for almost any kind of meat. —Margaret Mayes, La Mesa, California
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Green Beans with Hazelnut-Lemon Butter

Green Beans with Hazelnut-Lemon Butter

Green Beans with Hazelnut-Lemon Butter

Oregon is famous for terrific produce (we grow 40 acres of beans on our farm!) and hazelnuts. This recipe combines those two resources for a delectable side dish.—Earlene Ertelt, Woodburn, Oregon

Dilly Mashed Potatoes

Dilly Mashed Potatoes

Dilly Mashed Potatoes

In this recipe, dill adds a little spark to ordinary mashed potatoes. Plus the green flecks of this delightful herb make for a pretty presentation.—Annie Tompkins, Detona, Florida

Cheese Potato Puff

Cheese Potato Puff

Cheese Potato Puff

I enjoy entertaining and always look for recipes that can be made ahead of time. I got this comforting potato recipe from my mother-in-law. It's wonderful because I can prepare it the night before. It contains basic ingredients that everyone loves like milk and cheddar cheese. -Beverly Templeton, Garner, Iowa

Hungarian Noodle Side Dish

Hungarian Noodle Side Dish

Hungarian Noodle Side Dish

I first served this creamy, rich casserole at our ladies meeting at church. Everyone liked it and many of the ladies wanted the recipe. The original recipe was from a friend, but I changed it a bit to suit our tastes. -Betty Sugg, Akron, New York

Oven-Roasted Potatoes

Oven-Roasted Potatoes

Oven-Roasted Potatoes

These golden, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes go perfectly with roast beef. They make a homey side dish that's also convenient because they can share the oven with the baked apple slices Mom serves for dessert. -Linda Gaido, New Brighton, Pennsylvania

Unstuffing Side Dish

Unstuffing Side Dish

Unstuffing Side Dish

With sausage, mushrooms, celery and the perfect blend of seasonings, this moist dressing is irresistible. I like to call it "Unstuffing" since it bakes separately from the turkey, which I do on the grill. -Ken Churches, Kailua-Kona, HI

Baked Mashed Potatoes

Baked Mashed Potatoes

Baked Mashed Potatoes

This is one comforting side dish that you can prepare ahead. My brother was always quick to dive into these creamy and fluffy potatoes when Mom served them with dinner. My sisters and I kept our eyes on him to be sure we'd get our fair share. -Darlis Wilfer, Phelps, Wisconsin

Mashed Potato for One

Mashed Potato for One

Mashed Potato for One

With two dance classes, bowling and crafting each week, this easy recipe is perfect when I need an out-of-the-ordinary side dish but have little time.—Winifred Chesborough, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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