Lighten Up, Side Dishes!
For example, a delicious serving of Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.
Roasting Brussels sprouts really brings out their nutty flavor, which goes so well with smoky bacon and sweet red onions.
Fennel, Sausage & Caramelized-Apple Stuffing
Moms often serve this dish to picky eaters who don’t want to eat their vegetables. It works every time, thanks to the crumbled crackers and creamy cheese traditionally found in this dish. This version is lighter—but your kids will never know the difference.
Truffled Mac and Cheese
This Southwestern summer squash mixture is a popular side dish throughout New Mexico and south Texas. Calabacitas means “little squash” in Spanish. Tuck it into tortillas for a vegetarian taco or add pork or chicken to make it a main.
Butternut Squash Agrodolce
This popular Utah comfort food is commonly brought to a post-funeral communal meal. The covered dish, or easy-to-reheat casserole, is a classic for potlucks and other large gatherings.
This is a simple slaw with a lot of attitude. It’s the perfect complement to a pulled-pork sandwich and an ideal side dish to serve at a summer barbecue.
Vermont Baked Beans
Baked Louisiana Dirty Rice and Beans
Southern Field Peas
Sweet Onion Casserole
This is THE way to enjoy sweet onions from Washington, California, or Georgia. Rice and cheese add heft and flavor to this casserole while letting the star veggie shine.
Wild Rice Stuffing with Dried Cherries & Toasted Pecans
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow Topping
Based on sweet potato pie, a favorite in the South, this famous Thanksgiving side dish has a rich history. The marshmallows were added by Janet McKenzie Hill, the founder of the Boston Cooking-School Magazine, in 1917, when the marshmallow evolved from a specialty confection into an everyday treat.
Garlic-Parsley Steak "Fries"
Grilled Sweet Potato Salad
Cooking the sweet potatoes on a grill retains vitamins that would be lost if they were boiled, and gives them a crisp, charred edge that contrasts with the sweet interior. Tossing them with the lemon-olive oil dressing brightens the flavor.
Roasted Cauliflower with Mornay Sauce
Beans & Greens
Stewed Okra & Tomatoes
Okra is a Southern classic that people tend to love or hate. Here, the acidity of the tomatoes helps thin the vegetable’s viscous juices and preserves its crunchiness. Be sure to pick small pods, as they are more tender.