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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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Our 1-year-old son can be a fussy eater, and my husband is mostly a "meat and taters" man. But both my guys love this cheesy squash bake! Often, I make a double batch of it and take one to the 4-H nutrition class I teach. It's a "hit" there, too. If you're a pressed-for-time cook like I am, this squash casserole will streamline your menu planning.
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Grilled Potato Packets

Grilled Potato Packets

Grilled Potato Packets

Potatoes require a little extra time on the grill, so remember to give these pouches first dibs on the flames. —Anna Bjornn, Rexburg, Idaho

Christmas Cauliflower Casserole

Christmas Cauliflower Casserole

Christmas Cauliflower Casserole

This creamy casserole is filled with tender cauliflower and topped with a sprinkling of crispy herb stuffing. It's become a holiday classic that appeals to both kids and adults in our family. —Carol Rex, Ocala, Florida

Brown Rice Vegetable Casserole

Brown Rice Vegetable Casserole

Brown Rice Vegetable Casserole

One taste of this crowd-pleasing casserole brings compliments and requests for my recipe. It's been in my file for as long as I can remember. The blend of tender vegetables and rice is perfect for holiday meals and dish-to-pass affairs.
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Ranch Potato Casserole

Ranch Potato Casserole

Ranch Potato Casserole

My daughter urged me to send in the recipe for this casserole. I make it often, and it's especially good in place of baked potatoes when you're having barbecued pork chops, steak of chicken. We operate a busy fruit farm. I cook every day for my family, so I appreciate this dish for another reason—I can put it together a day ahead and bake it just before we're ready to eat. —Lydia Schnitzler, Kingsburg, California

Fourth of July Baked Beans

Fourth of July Baked Beans

Fourth of July Baked Beans

We always choose this family recipe for July Fourth or any picnic because it's a meaty twist on everyday baked beans and it has a nice sweetness. —Wendy Hodorowski, Bellaire, Ohio

Corn and Broccoli in Cheese Sauce

Corn and Broccoli in Cheese Sauce

Corn and Broccoli in Cheese Sauce

This veggie side dish is a standby. My daughter likes to add leftover ham to it. Save room in the oven by making this savory side in your slow cooker. —Joyce Johnson, Uniontown, Ohio

Sunday Dinner Mashed Potatoes

Sunday Dinner Mashed Potatoes

Sunday Dinner Mashed Potatoes

Sour cream and cream cheese add delicious dairy flavors to these potatoes. They're special enough to serve guests and can be prepared in advance. Since I'm a busy mother, that's a convenience I appreciate.—Melody Mellinger, Myerstown, Pennsylvania

Twice-Baked Deviled Potatoes

Twice-Baked Deviled Potatoes

Twice-Baked Deviled Potatoes

The delicious side dish from Karol Chandler-Ezell of Nacogdoches, Texas is flavored with bacon and cheddar, and has just a hint of Dijon mustard. And since they take under 30 minutes, they're perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

Buttermilk Mac 'n' Cheese

Buttermilk Mac 'n' Cheese

Buttermilk Mac 'n' Cheese

"Once you tast this version of an all-time favorite comfort food, you may never make the regular kind again," notes Donna Fancher from Lawrence, Indiana. "It's my most-requested recipe."

Quinoa with Peas and Onion

Quinoa with Peas and Onion

Quinoa with Peas and Onion

“I make this a lot for my son, who’s a picky eater. He loves it!” Lori Panarella — Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Herbed Spinach Bake

Herbed Spinach Bake

Herbed Spinach Bake

This is a special side dish my mother liked to serve at church dinners. She was recognized by family and friends as an outstanding cook. It's a pleasure to share her recipe with you. —Nancy Frank, Ariel, Pennsylvania
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