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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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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

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
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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

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

Seasoned Oven Baked Fries

Seasoned Oven Baked Fries

Seasoned Oven Baked Fries

For a swift side dish, Patricia bakes Seasoned Oven Fries "These potato wedges are as tasty as the deep-fried versions but with less mess," she reports.

Sweet Potatoes with Apples

Sweet Potatoes with Apples

Sweet Potatoes with Apples

This satisfying dish is very welcome at any meal at our house, especially on holidays. The tart apple slices taste so good baked on top of the mild sweet potatoes. —Jean Winfree, Wausau, Wisconsin

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
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