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On the Side


I'm hosting Easter dinner at my house this weekend.  My menu is planned, but the shopping isn't finished quite yet.  While the featured "star" of my meal will be a spiral ham (glazed with a mustard sauce with vermouth and thyme, á là Cooks Illustrated), I will also be serving several side dishes (and dessert, of course!).

Which brings us to Carole's topic for us this week. . . Ten Favorite Side Dishes to Serve at a Family Dinner.


This is actually harder for me than it sounds. . . because I tend to either make up my sides, or just skim through my favorite cookbooks for quick inspiration.

Let's see...

With HAM. . . I like (1) scalloped potatoes and (2) roasted asparagus.

With TURKEY . . . I like (3) dressing, (4) sweet potatoes and (5) cranberry sauce.

With LAMB . . . I like (6) wild rice with Kalamata olives and feta cheese.

With STEAK . . . I like (7) roasted potatoes and (8) sauteed mushrooms.

With ROAST BEEF . . . I like (9) roasted carrots and turnips and (10) mashed potatoes.

What do YOU like to serve on the side  . . . at your family dinners?


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I've never met a veggie I didn't like.

Sharon R

They all sound delish, but I'm particularly taken with the wild rice with kalamatas and feta! Yum! One of my family's favorites is roasted root vegetables with a maple syrup and balsamic dressing.


Your list sounds yummy! :)
I've got a recipe called Fancy Green Beans by Paula Deen that takes a bit of time to make but is SOOO worth it.


Ditto on the wild rice recipe.
I'm hooked on the rosemary potatoes lately - easy and delish!


I love the way you approached this topic and matched your side dishes to your main course. And now I want lamb.


Oh potato, potato, I love thee. In all those arrangements. That picture at the top looks pretty delicious as well!


Making me hungry!!!!


triple ditto on the wild rice - do you dress it with anything? ...and now I'm curious, what if I were serving grilled fish for my main. suggestions?

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