Savor the robust flavors of autumn by using the season's bounty in unique side dish recipes that are easy to make and even easier to enjoy.
Butter-Pecan Mashed Sweet PotatoesAs a shortcut to sweet potato casserole, simply bake sweet potatoes in the microwave, mash them, and top with chopped pecans. This 5-ingredient recipe also includes three additional flavor variations using maple syrup, chipotle chili, or parmesan cheese and sage.
Bacon-Brown Sugar Brussels SproutsLots of flavor—and only five ingredients—make this Brussels sprouts recipe a winner. Even reviewers who aren't sprouts fans like this version
Roasted ParsnipsThough mildly sweet like their carrot cousins, parsnips are starchy, like potatoes. Subbing them for spuds, as in this recipe, is a good way to expand your winter repertoire.
Pecan White and Brown Rice PilafDress up a simple rice pilaf with dried cranberries and toasted pecans for full autumn flavor. Mixing brown rice with white rice makes this dish great for transitioning to whole grains.
Raw Spiced ApplesauceIn this easy homemade applesauce recipe, you don’t have to peel the apples, or even cook them. The whole thing is made in a food processor.
Roasted Root VegetablesRoasting root vegetables (such as parsnips, carrots, and potatoes) in olive oil, salt and pepper creates a rich, caramelized flavor and transforms these simple veggies into a memorable side dish for pork or beef.
Sweet Potato PocketsTired of sweet potato casserole and looking for a fresh way to serve this fall favorite? Simply stuff won ton wrappers with canned mashed sweet potatoes, boil, and sauté in oil until golden brown.
Cider-Glazed CarrotsInfuse julienne-cut carrots with the flavor of apple cider by glazing with a sauce made from brown sugar, butter, cider vinegar, and seasonings. This side is easy enough to serve on busy weeknights, yet pretty enough to include on holiday dinner menus.
Sautéed Green Beans and PearsThis side takes just 10 minutes to prepare and 5 minutes to cook. Simply sauté sliced pears with butter, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar and combine with green beans steamed in the microwave.
Butternut Squash with Green Chile and Mustard SeedsAccent classic butternut squash with brown mustard seeds and sliced serrano chile for a Southwestern-inspired side dish. Substitute a 2-lb bag of precut butternut squash to save some prep time.
Pumpkin-Sage PolentaPair this richly flavored polenta with ham steaks or pork tenderloin for a satisfying supper. Aromatic sage perfectly complements the light pumpkin flavor.