Check out thirteen of our online reviewers' favorite, superfast side dishes.
August 14, 2007
1 of 13James Carrier
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe These sausage and fruit-filled acorn squash halves are almost hearty enough to be a main dish, or you can cut them into quarters for a side.
2 of 13Photo: José Picayo; Styling: Jocelyne Beaudoin
Hoppin' John's Cousin
Hoppin' John's Cousin Recipe Traditionally, Hoppin' John is served in the South at New Year's because the black-eyed peas represent coins—they're meant to herald prosperity in the coming year. Our version, with all its veggies, is a fresher, healthier update.
3 of 13Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Karin Olsen
Tee's Corn Pudding
Tee's Corn Pudding Recipe This classic recipe has a rich, soufflé-like texture without the hassle. The result is an impressive holiday side dish the entire family will love.
4 of 13Karry Hosford
Chive Green Beans
Chive Green Beans Recipe Stone-ground mustard adds an unexpected hint of pungency to simple green beans, something online reviewer Jennifer loved. She added, "I plan to make this for Thanksgiving."
5 of 13Jim Franco
Two-Potato Gratin Recipe A rich mixture of baking and sweet potatoes, this will soon become a favorite make-ahead party dish.
6 of 13Photo: James Baigrie; Styling: Karen Shinto
Creamy Herbed Mashed Potatoes Recipe Quarter potatoes for quick cooking, then mash with 2% milk, butter, and low-fat sour cream for a creamy dish. Online reviewer Doc Theo melted the butter before adding it and noted, "The finished product was creamy, and flavorful. Going on our repeat list for sure!"
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Oven-Roasted Asparagus Recipe Asparagus, seasoned with olive oil and garlic, cooks quickly and goes well with chicken, pork, and steak dishes. Online reviewer Searscooking suggests adding the almonds just before serving to retain their crunch.
9 of 13Becky Luigart-Stayner
Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Couscous Salad
Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Recipe Lovers of Italian food will celebrate the fresh tomato, garlic, and rosemary mixture spooned into grilled mushroom caps. Online reviewer Tommy the Italian suggests serving with a New York strip steak and a glass of Syrah wine.
12 of 13James Carrier
Corn and Tomato Salad
Corn and Tomato Salad Recipe Savor fresh summer produce with a salad that showcases ripe cherry tomatoes and just-cut corn kernels. Recipe reviewer Agouldre said, "This is a first rate summer salad that is very cook friendly and can be made ahead. The basil and cheese add a zing."
13 of 13Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Roasted Vegetables Recipe There's nothing easier and healthier than a side dish of roasted vegetables. The vibrant colors of the vegetables will brighten any dinner plate. This recipe is very adaptable, great for those excess vegetables in the fridge that need to be used up. Online reviewer Cenlatiger says, "Delicious!! Really really good. There's plenty of sweetness that even the picky children might like it and oh so many wonderful flavors - your grown-up tastebuds will love."