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Side Dishes

Where would a family meal or a Thanksgiving feast be without the delicious sides? We love comforting gratins and casseroles, but easy roasted or mashed veggies always work. A side can be as simple as a creamy coconut rice or as elaborate as my stunning Persian jeweled rice. When you do them right, side dishes can steal the show!

 

  • Cherry Tomatoes Provençal in a white gratin dish

    cherry tomatoes Provençal

    Cherry tomatoes Provençal is a super simple summer side that pairs juicy tomatoes with a crisp herbe de Provence gratin topping. It’s easy, versatile, delicious, and so French countryside!…

  • lemon basil pasta salad in a bowl with serving spoon

    Pasta salads for barbecue season!

    Our favorite pasta salads for barbecues, potlucks, and cookouts. These fresh, bright, colorful salads, from macaroni to couscous, will wake up your paper plates this summer!…

  • BLT pasta salad, in a white bowl

    BLT Pasta Salad

    BLT pasta salad takes the classic flavors of a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich and turns them into a super fresh, super crave-able summer side dish for barbecues and potlucks (or…

  • ranch dressing with potato salad

    Ranch Potato Salad

    Ranch potato salad is a delicious mashup between your favorite potato salad and your favorite creamy ranch dressing (homemade, of course!) This has to be the ultimate potato salad.…

  • potato latkes on a platter

    How to Make Perfect Latkes

    How to Make Perfect Latkes your bubbie would love! Tips and tricks to make classic crisp latkes, plus a spiced cardamom applesauce to go with them. These easy potato pancakes are…

  • How to cook any type of winter squash

    How to Cook Any Type Of Winter Squash

    How to Cook Any Type of Winter Squash from pumpkin and butternut to kabocha, acorn, and more ~ all members of the gorgeous gourd family are edible, healthy, and delicious, and…

  • Green Bean Casserole from scratch

    Favorite Green Bean Casserole from scratch!

    This is the ultimate green bean casserole recipe  ~ made completely from scratch. Everything in this classic holiday side dish is made quick and easy without cans. The flavor is out…

  • oven roasted potatoes with rosemary in a bowl

    Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary

    Roasted potatoes are a busy cook’s dream recipe. If I could only make one side dish for the rest of my life, it would have to be these crispy potatoes, everybody…

  • a stack of fried green tomatoes

    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Traditional Southern fried green tomatoes are a little luxury of summer that we adore. Thick sliced green tomatoes are first dredged in buttermilk then in a cornmeal flour mixture, and finally…

  • zucchini pie

    Blue Ribbon Zucchini Pie

    Zucchini pie is a riff on the classic Southern tomato pie, with a cheesy sweet onion base topped with thin rounds of zucchini, all baked up in a buttery crust. The…

  • A platter of fried cabbage and bacon slaw, with tongs

    Fried Cabbage and Bacon Slaw

    Fried Cabbage and Bacon Slaw ~ this warm bacon coleslaw has won our hearts this summer, and I have a feeling it’s going to win yours too. Simple ingredients, fried up…

  • serving up buttermilk coleslaw with tongs

    Creamy Buttermilk Coleslaw

    Buttermilk coleslaw is the real deal, made with shredded cabbage and carrots in a creamy old fashioned buttermilk dressing. Oh, and my secret ingredient will make your slaw best on the…

  • Colorful Asian Slaw with tongs

    Asian Slaw

    My vibrant vegan Asian Slaw comes with an awesome crunch and an awesome creamy peanut dressing. (It tastes so good you don’t even realize how ridiculously healthy it is.)  Make it…

  • vinegar coleslaw recipe

    Favorite Vinegar Coleslaw Recipe

    You’ve found it! The perfect Carolina style vinegar coleslaw made with cabbage and sweet Vidalia onions. This simple no-mayo slaw is the perfect barbecue side dish, you’re going to want it…

  • Cornbread pieces in a basket.

    Perfect Cornbread Recipe

    Perfect cornbread is soft, ultra moist, lightly sweet, and easy to make (in one bowl.) You’ll never need another cornbread recipe, this is the best!…

  • pulled pork barbecue sandwich

    Essential Summer Barbecue Sides

    These perfect summer sides are inspired by your favorite barbecue joint, from cornbread and baked beans to French fries and slaw, I’ve got all the classics covered for your next cookout.…

  • My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it'll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you'll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick and healthy lunches, too, it's packed with protein!

    Mediterranean Bean Salad

    My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect mixed bean salad ~ it’ll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you’ll want to make up a…

  • asparagus gratin in an oval baking dish

    Asparagus Gratin

    Asparagus Gratin is an easy and elegant spring side dish with a decidedly French accent! It’s equally good as part of a fancy feast, or a quiet dinner for two. There…

  • carrying a pan of wild mushroom stuffing

    Wild Mushroom Stuffing

    Wild Mushroom Stuffing with Hazelnuts and Sage is a hearty side dish made with crusty artisan bread and loads of earthy mushrooms and crunchy hazelnuts. This is one stuffing recipe that…

  • whipped sweet potatoes with a sage leaf

    Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Browned Butter

    Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Browned Butter is like a bowl of sunshine on your winter table. Definitely don’t wait for a holiday to enjoy this golden mash, it’s unbelievably silky (I…

  • roasted sweet potatoes in a pan with fresh sage

    Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Sage

    Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Sage is the super easy side dish your Thanksgiving table needs this year. It’s pared down, but still gives holiday-worthy pizzazz. It’s all about balance this…

  • wild rice salad in a glass bowl

    Wild Rice Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette

    Wild Rice Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette  is loaded with roasted sweet potato, crisp apples, tart cranberries, and toasted pecans. This rice salad will become your most popular Thanksgiving side dish…

  • cauliflower gratin served up in a small bowl

    Ina Garten’s Cauliflower Gratin ~ Updated!

    I’ve made some subtle improvements to Ina Garten’s Cauliflower Gratin to make this top rated side dish even easier, and more delicious. Try it this holiday season with (or without) my…

  • corn casserole out of the oven

    Sweet Corn Spoonbread Casserole

    Sweet Corn Spoonbread Casserole with (or without!) roasted chiles is one of the best side dishes you’ll ever taste, it goes with everything from pulled pork and meatloaf all the way…

  • Taking a forkful of corn fritters topped with sour cream and chives

    Sweet Corn Fritters

    My Sweet Corn Fritters, or fried corn cakes, are fresh corn folded into a light buttermilk and cheddar cheese batter, then fried in my cast iron skillet to crispy perfection!…

  • A bowl of cornbread panzanella with a fork.

    Grilled Cornbread Panzanella

    My Cornbread Panzanella is buttery grilled cornbread meets juicy tomatoes, red onion, and basil for a fresh take on the classic Italian tomato bread salad!…

  • Zucchini Casserole with spoon

    Cheesy Zucchini Casserole

    Cheesy Zucchini Casserole is a comfort food classic made with garden fresh zucchini, plenty of cheese, and a buttery crisp cracker topping. This is one zucchini recipe nobody turns down.…

  • Macaroni and cheese in a white bowl

    How to Make Mac and Cheese without a recipe!

    How to Make Mac and Cheese without a recipe ~ it’s easy when you’ve got my super simple formula. Imagine making quick and creamy macaroni and cheese without rifling through cookbooks,…

  • asparagus and creme fraiche tart

    Simple Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart

    A simple asparagus puff pastry tart made in just a few minutes with frozen puff pastry, creme fraiche (or mascarpone, Boursin, cream cheese…) and asparagus. A shower of lemon zest and…

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