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Sides

The sides are always the star of the show in the South! These side dish recipes will be the perfect accompaniment to your meats and can even stand alone if you want a vegetable plate.

Try Southern Squash Casserole or Southern Cornbread Dressing with Roast Turkey or Roast Chicken. Throw in some Southern Green Beans or Parmesan Roasted Asparagus and you won’t even need the meat!

Cheese Grits Casserole

Cheese Grits Casserole is a Southern favorite and this version is the best! We use Cheddar cheese and a little half-and-half with eggs to make it rich and creamy. This recipe is a family and friends favorite! Cheese grits…once a Southern tradition and now starting to appear on menus everywhere. The beauty of grits is that they are neutrally …

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Mac and Cheese with Creamy Cheese Sauce

Mac and Cheese with a creamy, cheesy sauce — this one is a classic family favorite! No eggs, just a luscious creaminess with LOTS of cheese! It’s the cheesiest and the best! Cold, rainy, winter days…or hot, steamy, summer weekend cookouts with barbecue—both are perfect for a warm, comforting, cheesy plate of creamy baked mac and …

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Southern Squash Casserole

Squash Casserole is a favorite at every potluck gathering. With grated Cheddar cheese, crumbled Ritz crackers, and fresh yellow squash, this casserole is a great way to use those summer vegetables! Squash Casserole with Ritz crackers is ubiquitous on the Southern table in the summertime, probably because nearly everyone who has a garden grows squash …

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Apple Sausage Stuffing

Apple Sausage Stuffing with mushrooms, sage, and other fresh herbs and vegetables is a delicious variation of traditional stuffing. Stuffing is not a traditional Southern Thanksgiving dish. We always have Southern Cornbread Dressing with Giblet Gravy, but every now and then I like to throw this Apple Sausage Stuffing out there as well. I’ve tweaked …

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Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

This spicy roasted cauliflower is flavored with smoky cumin and chili powder, taking it from bland to bold and flavorful! I think I’ve mentioned a few times on this site how we love roasted vegetables—it’s almost the only way we eat them. And anything can be roasted: onions, squash, peppers, green beans…the roasting process adds …

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Easy Kale Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing

Easy Kale Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing is simple, elegant, nutritious, and delicious! Filled with assorted dried fruit and toasted sunflower seeds, this salad is a pretty addition to any meal.  Oh my goodness, let me tell you about this easy kale salad that goes great with my Jalapeno Turkey Burgers. It is amazing. And …

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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus crispy from the grill and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese is one of our favorite and easiest appetizers! The plate is empty almost before it hits the table.  I admit it, we have a thing for prosciutto: Prosciutto with Pears, Arugula, and Goat Cheese; Prosciutto, Arugula, and Cheese; Fig Jam, Caramelized Onion, and Prosciutto …

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Light and Easy Cucumber Salad

Cucumber and Onion Salad is a simple, classic recipe of sliced cucumbers and onions in vinegar. The cucumbers are crisp and tangy with a touch of sweetness—perfect for a snack or simple side dish. If you want a cool, refreshing summer salad for your next picnic, you will love this recipe for old-fashioned cucumbers and …

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Pesto Pasta Salad

This colorful Pesto Pasta Salad features a zippy lemon basil pesto salad dressing, along with bowtie pasta, sundried tomatoes, asparagus, artichoke hearts, and more lemon zest…it’s overflowing with flavor and color and pizazz! Lemon Basil Pesto Pasta Salad…you know you can’t resist a pasta salad with a name like that. It’s superb and has a …

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Southern Green Beans – Like Granny Made!

Southern green beans are flavored with bacon and cooked low and slow until tender. These green beans are so easy to make and a must-have side dish on every Southern table. I’ll tell you a secret: I prefer my Garlic Roasted Green Beans, but my family loves these old-fashioned Southern green beans, cooked to death and …

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Southern Deviled Eggs – Easy and Delicious!

Southern Deviled Eggs are creamy with a touch of sweetness from pickle relish and a sprinkle of paprika on top. Very simple and tasty! A Southern gathering isn’t complete without a plate of deviled eggs…and that plate is always a deviled egg plate. Every good Southern hostess should have one, usually passed down from her …

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Cauliflower Rice Recipe – Easy, How-to Instructions

This cauliflower rice recipe makes a carb-free alternative to rice and potatoes that can accompany almost any meat or vegetable dish.  I know y’all have seen the cauliflower rice recipe on Pinterest or floating around Facebook, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here. There aren’t too many ways to tweak it and every recipe …

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Brussels Sprouts Sauteed with Lemon, Dijon, and Parmesan

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts topped with a lemon and Dijon vinaigrette, then sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and bacon—a new twist on a favorite vegetable! So you might have noticed that I have a thing for Brussels Sprouts—this is the third Brussels Sprouts recipe to make this site. The first, and maybe my favorite, was for Caramelized Roasted Brussels …

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Roasted Spaghetti Squash – Super Easy Tutorial!

Roasted Spaghetti Squash is a healthy alternative to carb-heavy dishes like pasta and rice. It’s nutritious and delicious and super easy to prepare! Have you ever wondered how to cook a spaghetti squash? Don’t be intimidated—it’s so easy! I frequently serve roasted spaghetti squash as an alternative to pasta, but don’t be fooled by folks …

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Red Wine and Shallot Sautéed Mushrooms

Sautéed mushrooms are probably my favorite side dish to serve with steak or most roasted hearty meats. I love the earthy, meaty texture and flavor that you get from mushrooms after roasting or sautéing them. These sautéed mushrooms are so easy you can make them for a quick dinner, but the flavor is intense and …

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