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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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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

Crispy Fried Onion Rings

Crispy Fried Onion Rings

Crispy Fried Onion Rings

These crispy burger toppers add an extra element to already-fantastic burgers. They're also perfect for giving your salads a little crunch. Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen

Glazed Baby Carrots

Glazed Baby Carrots

Glazed Baby Carrots

For an extra zip for a carrot side dish, try this recipe with brown sugar. It comes together in no time at all.—Anita Foster, Fairmount, Georgia
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Mashed Potatoes Supreme

Mashed Potatoes Supreme

Mashed Potatoes Supreme

Says Julia Daubresse of Sun City Center, Florida: “I received this recipe from my sister some 60 years ago and so many people have requested it since then! The potatoes are rich, creamy and taste like twice-baked. It offers make-ahead convenience, so it’s great for potlucks.”

Roasted Potatoes with Garlic Butter

Roasted Potatoes with Garlic Butter

Roasted Potatoes with Garlic Butter

I created this recipe while visiting my grandmother. When we sat down to eat, she asked me where I'd learned to cook like this. Of course, I answered, "From you!" —Elizabeth Kelley, Chicago, Illinois

Roasted Veggie Pasta

Roasted Veggie Pasta

Roasted Veggie Pasta

"My sister gave me this recipe years ago and it has become a favorite make-ahead and company meal. For a heartier dish, pair it with ham and dinner rolls." - Robyn Baney, Lexington Park, Maryland

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

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

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

This versatile side dish was dairy-good with the steaks we grilled and is delicious with other meats as well. A creamy cheese sauce and crunchy topping make this potato casserole ever-popular for family dinners and potlucks. —Carol Troyer, Pryor, Oklahoma and Teresa Stutzman, Adair, Oklahoma

Makeover Cheddar Tot Casserole

Makeover Cheddar Tot Casserole

Makeover Cheddar Tot Casserole

This delicious dish is truly comfort food at its finest. Sour cream, butter and cream of chicken soup combine with Tater Tots to create a creamy, filling base. Then it's topped with crushed potato chips and cheddar cheese which complete this sinful supper.
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