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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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“Using frozen hash browns makes Easy Potato Pancakes a snap to fix,” notes Marlene Harguth of Maynard, Minnesota. “I like to team them up with pork chops and applesauce.”
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Pumpkin and Plantain Mash

Pumpkin and Plantain Mash

Pumpkin and Plantain Mash

Beautiful and simple to prepare, this flavorful pumpkin-and-plantain mash is perfectly flavored with roasted garlic and caramelized shallots.—Donna Noel, Gray, Maine

Onion Potato Pancakes

Onion Potato Pancakes

Onion Potato Pancakes

"WHEN Grandma prepared potato pancakes, she used an old-fashioned grater, great for potatoes but not for knuckles! With homemade applesauce, this sauce, this side dish complements a meal so well. I made these pancakes for my family and often served them as a main dish for light suppers.

BLT Twice-Baked Potatoes

BLT Twice-Baked Potatoes

BLT Twice-Baked Potatoes

Two favorites go together in this hearty dish: BLTs and twice-baked potatoes. I like to serve these potatoes with grilled steaks or barbecued chicken. —Mary Shenk, DeKalb, Illinois
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Spiced Grilled Corn

Spiced Grilled Corn

Spiced Grilled Corn

The wonderful spice mixture doesn't add heat, only great flavor. This just may be the best corn you've ever had! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Three-Cheese Hash Brown Bake

Three-Cheese Hash Brown Bake

Three-Cheese Hash Brown Bake

Serve up comfort food for breakfast with this cheesy casserole featuring convenient frozen hash browns. It requires just 10 minutes of prep before you pop it in the oven.—Nancy Sidhu, Franklin, Wisconsin

Spiced Red Cabbage

Spiced Red Cabbage

Spiced Red Cabbage

When it comes to vegetable dishes, this traditional one is at the top of my list. The wonderful sweet-sour aroma and taste remind me of home. Plus, it looks so pretty on the table. -Karin Cousineau, Burlington, North Carolina

Rosemary Root Vegetables

Rosemary Root Vegetables

Rosemary Root Vegetables

This heartwarming side dish from our Test Kitchen is sure to get rave reviews! The ingredient list may look longer, but you'll soon see, this colorful fall medley is a snap to prepare.

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

In Bryan, Texas, Erin Littlefield saves herself the trouble of husking those ears of sweet corn she brings to family picnics and get-togethers with this scrumptious grilling technique. “My husband came up with the sweet and spicy glaze,“ she confides. “It tastes really good, looks beautiful with the flecks of red pepper and requires much less butter than folks generally use.“

Corn Potato Pancakes

Corn Potato Pancakes

Corn Potato Pancakes

"I love combining different foods to see what I can come up with," writes Carolyn Wilson from Lyndon, Kansas. She puts last night's mashed potatoes to delicious use in these slightly crisp golden brown cakes.

Quick Rosemary Rice

Quick Rosemary Rice

Quick Rosemary Rice

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mary Ann Kosmas cooks up this light and lemony rice dish flecked with pretty carrot shreds. "I have an herb garden, so I prepare this with fresh rosemary in summer," she jots. "The aroma is heavenly."

Celery En Casserole

Celery En Casserole

Celery En Casserole

I love to cook for big crowds, and I do a lot of outdoor entertaining during the summer. In winter, when it's too cold for outdoor eating, I still invite people over for meals indoors. I save elegant dishes such as this for those more intimate indoor dinners. This delicious, unusual casserole is a light vegetable side dish that is especially pretty on a holiday table.
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