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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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Bacon Mac & Cheese

Bacon Mac & Cheese

Bacon Mac & Cheese

Bacon and jalapeno pepper update ordinary mac and cheese, giving it great grown-up taste. I serve this comforting dish throughout the year.—Shelly Boehm, South Bend, Indiana

Coconut-Pecan Sweet Potatoes

Coconut-Pecan Sweet Potatoes

Coconut-Pecan Sweet Potatoes

These delicious sweet potatoes cook effortlessly in the slow cooker so you can tend to other things. Coconut gives this classic a fresh twist. —Raquel Haggard, Edmond, Oklahoma

Cabbage Casserole

Cabbage Casserole

Cabbage Casserole

Even those who don't care for cabbage will enjoy it make this way. This tangy, creamy, comforting side dish goes exceptionally well with pork roast. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
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Saucy Calico Beans

Saucy Calico Beans

Saucy Calico Beans

A picnic favorite, this saucy bean medley isn't overly sweet like some versions. The dish will be empty before you know it! —Pat Price Cook, Mission Viejo, California

Company Corn

Company Corn

Company Corn

This simple Thanksgiving dish is a cherished family favorite. It’s been passed around for so long, no one can remember who it came from first! —Shannon Schirm Green River, Wyoming

Creamy Carrot Casserole

Creamy Carrot Casserole

Creamy Carrot Casserole

My mom and I developed this recipe to see if there was a carrot dish that even people who don't care for carrots would enjoy. So far, I haven't met anyone who hasn't liked this casserole. —Laurie Heward, Fillmore, Utah

Texas Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Texas Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Texas Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These creamy mashed potatoes get their flavor burst from garlic and caramelized onions. They're great with any meal. —Richard Markle, Midlothian, Texas

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

My Italian mother remembers her mother making these dumplings for special occasions. She still has the bowl Grandma mixed the dough in, which will be passed down to me someday. —Tina Repak Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Creamy Twice-Baked Potatoes

Creamy Twice-Baked Potatoes

Creamy Twice-Baked Potatoes

With a yummy cream cheese filling, these rich, delicious potatoes are sure winners. "They look fancy but are not tricky to make," promises Linda Wheeler of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. "Try doubling the recipe for company."

Sharp Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

Sharp Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

Sharp Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

Try as I might, I can never follow a recipe exactly, so here's what I came up with when I made a family friend's scalloped potatoes in my own kitchen. They’re so awesome, you just keep going back for more. —Susan Simons, Eatonville, Washington

Stuffed Hash Browns

Stuffed Hash Browns

Stuffed Hash Browns

Ever since we met, my husband has made me hash browns with bacon, pepper jack and sour cream. We share it when we have guests, too.—Annie Ciszak Pazar, Anchorage, Alaska
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