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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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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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Double-Baked Mashed Potatoes

Double-Baked Mashed Potatoes

Double-Baked Mashed Potatoes

Dress up an all-time favorite comfort food with savory fixings. This is an easy twice baked mashed potatoes recipe that delivers big flavor. Better still, you can effortlessly double or triple it for a crowd. —Anna Mayer, Fort Branch, Indiana

Colcannon Potatoes

Colcannon Potatoes

Colcannon Potatoes

Every Irish family has its own version or this classic dish. My recipe comes from my father's family in Ireland. It's part of my St. Pat's menu, along with lamb chops, carrots and soda bread. —Marilou Robinson, Portland, Oregon

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

I got this recipe from a friend years ago, and I've used it a lot since! So many of my friends enjoyed it that I've sent the recipe all over the country! I make it primarily for Thanksgiving, or for dinners when I'm serving ham.
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Baked Bean Side Dish

Baked Bean Side Dish

Baked Bean Side Dish

This is my daughter's recipe. People are pleasantly surprised by its unique flavor and frequently request the recipe. —Lilas R. Umphrey, Davenport, Florida

Quick & Easy au Gratin Potatoes

Quick & Easy au Gratin Potatoes

Quick & Easy au Gratin Potatoes

On holidays, a friend serves these creamy, cheesy potatoes when we gather together to celebrate with lifelong friends and grown children. —Carol Blue, Barnesville, Pennsylvania

Home-Style Mashed Potatoes

Home-Style Mashed Potatoes

Home-Style Mashed Potatoes

Leaving the tender skins on the spuds not only saves time, it sparks the taste and adds color to these hearty mashed potatoes. They're perfect with the pork roast and versatile enough to go well with other entrees. —Christine Wilson Sellersville, Pennsylvania

Creamy Hash Brown Potatoes

Creamy Hash Brown Potatoes

Creamy Hash Brown Potatoes

Convenient frozen hash browns are the secret behind the cheesy slow cooker potatoes I cook up for potlucks and big group gatherings. —Julianne Henson, Streamwood, Illinois

Corn Pudding

Corn Pudding

Corn Pudding

The pleasing flavor of this golden corn pudding side dish makes it real comfort food. And because the recipe calls for a packaged corn mix, it’s easy to prepare. —P. Lauren Fay-Neri, Syracuse, New York

Maple Sweet Potato Casserole with Apricots

Maple Sweet Potato Casserole with Apricots

Maple Sweet Potato Casserole with Apricots

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the versatile root vegetable—the sweet potato. Building on traditional recipes used by my mother and grandmother, I've added maple syrup, brown sugar, dried apricots and more spices to update this holiday casserole. —Keri Scofield Lawson, Fullerton, California

Slow-Cooked Ranch Potatoes

Slow-Cooked Ranch Potatoes

Slow-Cooked Ranch Potatoes

Even after seven years, my family still asks for this tasty potato and bacon dish. Try it once and I'll bet your family will be hooked, too. —Lynn Ireland, Lebanon, Wisconsin

Italian Pasta and Peas

Italian Pasta and Peas

Italian Pasta and Peas

If your family doesn't care for peas, substitute frozen green beans or broccoli. By stirring in cubed cooked chicken or ham, this becomes a mouthwatering main dish with little effort.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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