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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!

Fried okra with a light and crispy cornmeal batter is a tasty side dish for any of your favorite Southern meals. And it's easy to make!

Fried Okra

Fried okra with a light and crispy cornmeal batter is a tasty side dish for any of your favorite Southern meals. And it’s easy to make! Fried okra has become one of those trendy items that almost every restaurant features on their appetizer menu. And most of them are all the same: chunks of heavily …

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A white bowl filled with cooked butter beans and bacon.

Butter Beans Recipe

This Butter Beans recipe is an old family favorite made just the way Granny made them. Butter beans are easy to cook with bacon, butter, and the secret—a touch of sugar! Try this butter beans recipe today and you’ll have an easy side dish that goes with almost anything.  You won’t find a meat-and-three in …

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A white dish filled with squash casserole with crumbled Ritz crackers.

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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A closeup of a serving of Southern Broccoli Casserole on a plate over a marble board.

Southern Broccoli Casserole

Southern Broccoli Casserole with crispy bacon, cheese, onion, and topped with toasted cheese crackers is the best broccoli casserole we’ve ever had! Your family will love this one! My friend, Janis, gave me this broccoli casserole recipe back in 1990 and I’ve been making it the exact same way ever since. It is so good …

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A closeup of eggplant salad in a white bowl.

Grilled Eggplant Salad

Easy Grilled Eggplant Salad with tomatoes, fresh herbs, garlic, lemon zest, and green onions. This eggplant salad is a great side dish for your favorite grilled meats! This eggplant salad recipe is just what you need to perk up your summer staples like Broiled Shrimp or Garlic Crusted Chicken. The recipe was inspired by one …

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A serving of apple sausage stuffing on a plate with the dish in the background.

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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This spicy roasted cauliflower is flavored with smoky cumin and chili powder, taking it from bland to bold and flavorful!

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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Skillet Dressing Recipe made in a cast iron skillet with sage leaves on the side.

Skillet Dressing Recipe

This Skillet Dressing Recipe with Pear, Sage, and Bacon is just right for a smaller crowd—and it’s bursting with fresh flavor! Why is it that we only have dressing at Thanksgiving? Or is that just me? Are the rest of you eating fabulous Southern Cornbread Dressing all year long and I just don’t know about …

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Prosciutto wrapped asparagus crispy from the grill and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese is one of our favorite and easiest appetizers!

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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Cucumber salad in a serving bowl.

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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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!

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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Pickled red onions in an open jar sitting on a wooden board.

How to Make Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions may be the easiest and best condiment ever, with just sliced red onions, vinegar, and a little salt and sugar. These pickled red onions can enhance the most mundane of dishes, like sandwiches or a simple green salad. I am in love with these pickled red onions. They are so easy to …

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A bowl of the best stovetop mac and cheese.

Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe

Stovetop Mac and Cheese—The water and milk that cooks the noodles also makes the sauce for the creamiest, cheesiest, EASIEST ONE-POT mac and cheese ever! I’ve talked on this blog before about feeding my children the blue box of macaroni and cheese when they were growing up and you know what? I’m not ashamed of …

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