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Fall Side Dish Recipes You'll Love

These fall-inspired veggie and potato side dishes might steal the show at the dinner table. Try creamy scalloped potatoes, cauliflower gratin, roasted Brussels sprouts, hash brown casserole, corn pudding and more.
Southwest Corn Pudding

Southwest Corn Pudding

Buttery onions, cheddar and green chilies lace our stuffinglike pudding. Inspired by traditional skillet corn bread, this recipe works as a side or as a meatless main served with a salad or garlicky sauteed kale.

Southwest Corn Pudding

Lemony Green Beans

Garlic, shallots and lemon brighten crisp-tender beans. Save time by parboiling the green beans a day early.

Lemony Green Beans

Brussels Sprouts with Ham and Leeks

Dry-cured country ham adds smoky-salty flavor to veggies, but regular ham will work as well.

Brussels Sprouts with Ham and Leeks

Apple and Couscous-Bulgur Salad

Apple cider and lemon juice add a touch of pucker that keeps this hearty grain salad from tasting too sweet. For a nutritional boost, use whole wheat couscous.

Apple and Couscous-Bulgur Salad

Roasted Panzanella Salad

This colorful salad stars sweet roasted cherry tomatoes with the tart of red wine vinegar.

Roasted Panzanella Salad

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

This easy-to-make layered cheesy potato dish pairs well with pork chops or ham.

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Orange zest, nutmeg and smoked paprika add layers of flavor to these tender biscuits.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Curried Cauliflower, Apples and Chickpeas

Cinnamon and curry powder balance Granny Smith apples in this roasted cauliflower mixture.

Curried Cauliflower, Apples and Chickpeas

German Potato Salad

Serve this old-fashioned potluck dish warm.

German Potato Salad

Bacon-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Frying bacon in the skillet, then tossing sprouts and red onion in the drippings before roasting means you'll only dirty one pan making this elegant side dish.

Bacon-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Apple Scones with Spiced Maple Butter

They're light, buttery and fall artwork on your plate. We almost hate to cover up the baked-on apple slice with the whipped maple butter. Almost.

Apple Scones with Spiced Maple Butter

Honey-Sage Sweet Potatoes, Pears and Walnuts

A colorful mixture of sweet potatoes, red onion and pears blends with sage and sweet honey in this easy roasted side.

Honey-Sage Sweet Potatoes, Pears and Walnuts

Cauliflower Gratin

Tossing cauliflower with bread crumbs, Dijon, cheddar, herbs and almonds makes this humble veg holiday-special.

Cauliflower Gratin

Kansas Zwiebach

When Mennonites came to Kansas, they brought their German language, Turkey Red wheat and the recipe for this addictive sweet, soft dinner roll with a doughy topknot. The secret to its rich taste and moistness: potato water, sugar, butter and egg. Don't confuse it with the tooth-breaking cracker of the same name.

Kansas Zwiebach

Lemony Greens, ‘Shrooms and Grapes

Lemon and grapes brighten the fresh green bean, broccoli and mushroom mixture.

Lemony Greens, ‘Shrooms and Grapes

Potato Latkes

Cast iron's heat retention means oil holds a high temperature, so fried foods crisp quickly and evenly. These traditional Jewish potato-onion fritters have tender centers and lacy rims. Top them with sour cream or applesauce.

Potato Latkes

Cranberry-Apple Sweet Potatoes

Mix pantry ingredients—canned apple pie filling, canned sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, apricot preserves, orange marmalade and chopped pecans—for a quick and easy side dish with a crunchy nut topping.

Cranberry-Apple Sweet Potatoes

Goat Cheese and Roasted Beet Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

The intense flavor of beets mixes with goat cheese in this salad from Capriole Farmstead Goat Cheeses in Greenville, Indiana. If you like, add grilled chicken to make this rainbow-colored salad a main dish.

Goat Cheese and Roasted Beet Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Hash Brown Casserole

A crispy, savory crust of cheese, crushed cornflakes and butter tops a combination of ham, hash browns, cubed cheese, condensed soup and sour cream. A potluck favorite!

Hash Brown Casserole

Cajun Sweet Corn and Bacon Jumble

Salty bacon and Cajun seasoning liven up this roasted veggie mixture for a hearty side.

Cajun Sweet Corn and Bacon Jumble

Italian Rice Salad

Italian Rice Salad includes fragrant, nutty-tasting brown basmati rice, bell peppers in a variety of colors, red onions and plenty of garlic. "It's kind of soft, kind of crunchy, a little sweet and a little tangy," says Ohio cooking school expert Bev Schaffer, who gave us the recipe.

Italian Rice Salad

Fingerling Potato Salad with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

You'll have more Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette than you need for this fresh-tasting potato salad; keep the extra dressing on hand for another potato or pasta salad. The recipe is from Chicago chef Myk Banas.

Fingerling Potato Salad with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

Sassy Baked Beans

Mix and match different kinds of beans and meat to suit your preferences. Our smoky-sweet baked beans will beat canned beans every time!

Sassy Baked Beans

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

The sweet tomatoes blend with tangy-mellow balsamic vinegar and basil. Serve with some crusty bread to soak up the liquid.

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Nutty Asian Cabbage with Plums

Soy sauce, ginger, sugar and nutty almonds lend this cabbage mixture a sweet and salty appeal.

Nutty Asian Cabbage with Plums

Brined Brussels Sprouts with Lemony Mushrooms

Salty brine boosts the flavor of these petite vegetables. Then they're skillet-roasted and tossed with seasoned mushrooms to make a tasty side dish for meat or chicken.

Brined Brussels Sprouts with Lemony Mushrooms

Cinnamon Carrots with Maple Thyme Butter

These sweet oven-roasted carrots are a perfect complement to a holiday menu, but they're easy enough to be a weeknight side. This comfort food recipe comes from Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri.

Cinnamon Carrots with Maple Thyme Butter

Baked Beans 'n' Bacon

Bacon and brown sugar punch up the salty-sweet flavors in this canned pork and beans fix-up from South Dakota's Triangle Ranch Bed and Breakfast. Use half the bacon if you want to cut calories, fat and sodium. For a candied top, bake uncovered.

Baked Beans 'n' Bacon

Broccoli Grape Salad

Salty bacon flavors juicy grapes and crunchy broccoli. The side-dish saladrecipe comes from the Triangle Ranch B&B in South Dakota.

Broccoli Grape Salad

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Quivey's Grove in Madison, Wisconsin, whips up this version of mashed potatoes that matches plenty of dairy richness with garlic, Parmesan, black pepper and green onion.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Herbs

At your farmers market or supermarket produce section, you'll find a wide variety of potatoes, such as baby Dutch yellow, fingerlings, baby purple and round red. We play up that assortment in this easy-to-fix recipe.

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Herbs

Chipotle Smashed Potatoes

This is the ultimate feel-good dish: mashed sweet potatoes with bacon. Cream cheese adds extra richness; chipotle chile brings a subtle smoky flavor.

Chipotle Smashed Potatoes

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Dipping Sauces

Use either unpeeled sweet potatoes or russet potatoes for these easy grilled potato wedges. Cook wedges in boiling water first to shorten grill time. Serve with Creamy Chive Sauce or Honey Sesame Sauce.

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Dipping Sauces

Browned Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Feta

Give Brussels sprouts a fresh taste with this colorful side dish flavored with bacon and feta. The trick to preserving the sprouts' mild taste is to avoid overcooking. 

Browned Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Feta

 

Grilled Green Beans with Shallots

Wrapped in a foil packet, fresh green beans—seasoned with onion, soy sauce, basil, mint, sesame seeds and your choice of nuts—grill alongside your meat entree.

Grilled Green Beans with Shallots

BLT Salad

We took a summertime staple (a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich) and made it a main-dish salad. Creamy mustard dressing is the perfect topping.

BLT Salad

Asian Coleslaw

Jazz up packaged coleslaw with a sliced sweet pepper, green onion, cilantro and sesame-ginger salad dressing.

Asian Coleslaw

Sweet Potato Rolls

Bits of sweet potato fleck these moist dinner rolls from Sandra Schifferle of Lansing, Kansas. She puts Kansas wheat to good use in this recipe. For a quick prep, microwave your sweet potato, then cool and mash the veggie for the rolls.

Sweet Potato Rolls

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