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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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Country Corn

Country  Corn

Country Corn

I cook church dinners for 120 people, so I'm always looking for fast, inexpensive menu items. After watching a chef put this corn dish together, I prepared it at church several times. There was never any left over.

Freezer Mashed Potatoes

Freezer Mashed Potatoes

Freezer Mashed Potatoes

If you’ve ever reheated leftover mashed potatoes and been disappointed with the result, you’ll welcome this recipe from Jessie Fortune of Pocahontas, Arkansas. “There’s just my husband Joel and me, so I like to make these potatoes ahead and use as I need them…without the dirty pans and all the fuss of mashing them,” says Jessie. The oven-baked mashed potatoes keep their flavor and creamy texture even after reheating, so you won’t feel like you’re serving leftovers. Although the recipe calls for reheating in the oven, you can also use your microwave. Simply cook 2-3 minutes on high, stirring twice.

Roasted Green Vegetable Medley

Roasted Green Vegetable Medley

Roasted Green Vegetable Medley

Roasting vegetables like broccoli, green beans and Brussels sprouts is a great way to serve them, and almost any veggie combo works. — Suzan Crouch, Grand Prairie, Texas
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Roasted Potatoes with Thyme and Gorgonzola

Roasted Potatoes with Thyme and Gorgonzola

Roasted Potatoes with Thyme and Gorgonzola

Creamy Gorgonzola cheese turns this basic potato recipe into a savory and spectacular side! Try this with all your favorite entrees. Virginia Sturm - San Francisco, California

Steakhouse Mushrooms

Steakhouse Mushrooms

Steakhouse Mushrooms

"I got this recipe from a friend back when we were in nursing school," writes Kenda Burgett of Cloudy, Oklahoma. "Whenever my husband is cooking meat on the grill, you can bet I'll be in the kitchen preparing these mushrooms."

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

Whipped Squash

Whipped Squash

Whipped Squash

This is an excellent way to serve one of the season's most delicious vegetables—butternut squash. Its rich flavor and golden harvest color really come through in this smooth vegetable side dish. —Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas

Apple Cider Chicken 'n' Dumplings

Apple Cider Chicken 'n' Dumplings

Apple Cider Chicken 'n' Dumplings

I came up with this recipe one fall when I had an abundance of apple cider. Adding some to a down-home classic was a delectable decision. —Margaret Sumner-Wichmann, Questa, New Mexico

Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Gratin

Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Gratin

Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Gratin

I combined two of my favorite vegetables in this creamy gratin to create a family-friendly dish that fits right into your busy schedule. Topped with crunchy Panko bread crumbs and savory Italian cheeses, you'll have this comforting side on the table in under an hour. —Mrs. Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida

Corny Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Corny Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Corny Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I dreamed up this family favorite after dining on something similar in a restaurant. My family asks for these potatoes on special occasions, but I like them anytime. They're a nice change from our everyday mashed potatoes. -Patti Lacey, Lincoln, Nebraska

Cranberry Apple Stuffing

Cranberry Apple Stuffing

Cranberry Apple Stuffing

One Thanksgiving, I lost the recipe I planned to use, so I threw this together. My cousin Sandy, a die-hard traditional stuffing fan, said this was the best stuffing she’d ever tasted! Talk about a compliment! —Beverly Norris, Evanston, Wyoming
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