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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

    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

    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 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

  • Spicy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

    Spicy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

    For a gloriously orange update to scalloped potatoes, we layered sweet potatoes, sharp cheddar and chipotle peppers. But the luscious creamy goodness? Still the same.

    Spicy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

  • Cornucopia Stuffed Squash

    Cornucopia Stuffed Squash

    Similar recipes call for sausage, but these acorns of plenty overflow with a healthy mix of barley, spinach, sunflower seeds, shiitake mushrooms, dried cranberries and smoked Gouda.

    Cornucopia Stuffed Squash

  • Roasted Panzanella 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

    Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

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

    Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

  • Sweet Potato Biscuits

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Cauliflower Gratin

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

    Cauliflower Gratin

  • Lemony Greens, ‘Shrooms and Grapes

    Lemony Greens, ‘Shrooms and Grapes

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

    Lemony Greens, ‘Shrooms and Grapes

  • Potato Latkes

    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

  • Moroccan Carrot Slaw

    Moroccan Carrot Slaw

    Combining cinnamony pumpkin-pie spice with fresh mint lends North African flavor in a flash. Try this simple salad as a side dish to grilled chicken.

    Moroccan Carrot Slaw

  • 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

    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

  • Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

    Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

    The combo of butternut squash, rigatoni, bacon and smoked cheese makes for a delicious twist on traditional mac and cheese.

    Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

  • Cauliflower Pilaf

    Cauliflower Pilaf

    Pulsing cauliflower in the food processor yields an uncanny, 100-percent-good-for-you alternative to rice. Our version has Middle Eastern-inspired flavorings, but you can make a plain version by sautéing the ground cauliflower in a bit of oil and seasoning with salt.

    Cauliflower Pilaf

  • 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

  • Nutty Asian Cabbage with Plums

    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

    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

  • Wilted Asian Kale

    Wilted Asian Kale

    Pumpkin-pie spice is the secret ingredient in this nutrient-packed side dish.

    Wilted Asian Kale

  • Chard, Mushroom and Cannellini Beans over Parmesan Polenta

    Chard, Mushroom and Cannellini Beans over Parmesan Polenta

    The bitter earthiness of Swiss chard hides under a healthy dose of garlic and crushed red pepper in this soothingly satisfying weeknight supper dish.

    Chard, Mushroom and Cannellini Beans over Parmesan Polenta

  • 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

    Experiment with a variety of potatoes—such as baby Dutch yellow, fingerlings, baby purple and round red—in this easy 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

     

  • Red Cabbage, Apples and Kielbasa

    Red Cabbage, Apples and Kielbasa

    Onion, garlic, cabbage and apple simmer in a flavorful bath of apple cider, red wine, brown sugar and caraway seeds. Serve with chunky mashed potatoes or crusty bread for soaking up the juices.

    Red Cabbage, Apples and Kielbasa

  • Beets and Beet Greens Salad

    Beets and Beet Greens Salad

    Beth Dooley, author of the farmers market cookbook Minnesota's Bounty, won us over with the brilliant, frugal simplicity of this dish: roasted red or golden beets tossed in a frying pan with their own chopped green tops, olive oil, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar.

    Beets and Beet Greens Salad

  • 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

  • Double-Spiced Spaghetti Squash

    Double-Spiced Spaghetti Squash

    Not too spicy, yet buttery and tender, roasted spaghetti squash is given an autumnal glow from cayenne pepper and pumpkin pie spice.

    Double-Spiced Spaghetti Squash

  • Apple and Pepita Wild Rice Blend

    Apple and Pepita Wild Rice Blend

    Toasted pumpkin seeds and dried apples add a crunchy-sweet richness to brown and wild rice.

    Apple and Pepita Wild Rice Blend

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