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Favorite Sides for Your Table

When making special meals, or getting tasked with bringing a side dish to a gathering instead of a fabulous dessert, it’s nice to have a few worthy choices that you can feel confident about making.

I offer my worthy choices for your consideration.

Drunk Carrots:

Drunk Carrots!

Every time I make this recipe, I agree with myself that there is no better way to eat cooked carrots.  Get ’em drunk, then eat!  Delish.  For the concerned: the whiskey, the actual alkeehol, burns off, leaving behind a deep and complex taste extravaganza.  So. Good.

Self-Dressing Salad of Your Dreams:

Self-Dressing Salad of Your Dreams

I love making this for Thanksgiving.  The dish is so light, so summery, that juxtaposed next to the traditionally heavier dishes of the holiday it’s a welcomed change of pace.  The only thing easier than making this salad would be ripping open a bag of greens and dumping it in a bowl.  Gosh, doesn’t that sound appetizing?

Not Your Grandma’s Potatoes:

Not Your Grandma's Potatoes

Well, maybe not your grandma’s potatoes, but certainly Sweet E’s.  I love offering this dish to any table.  These potatoes are unexpected in their wild versatility.  Perfect for a formal meal.  Perfect for a picnic.  Perfect in a burrito.  Perfect cold right out of the container standing in front of an open fridge bcause you can’t help yourself.  < Not any where near an exaggeration.

Easy Baked Spanish Rice:

Spanish Rice Done Right!

This is a dish that rarely has any left over for a midnight snack.  Makes me sad cause I love me some leftovers.  It’s a tasty number, it is.  We pair it with tamales and chili-sauce.  Maybe some chips and guac.  Making it = your new South of the Border addiction.

Lastly, how about some Easy Roasted French Green Beans:

Easy Roasted French Green Beans

They don’t look like much on the cookie sheet, but they were so amazing we didn’t bother placing them in a dish first, we simply scooped them off the cookie sheet onto our plates.  Yum.  Don’t let the simpleness of the recipe fool you; these veggies could go toe-to-elegant-toe with other more traditional dishes. Plus they’re fun to pick off the cookie sheet and eat before even making it to your plate.  Fancy-fanger-food!

I make each of these dishes at least a couple of times a year and can vouch for their worthiness.  If you add one of them to your table, I hope you love them as much as we do.

Happy Side-Dish Choosing, Y’all!

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Self-Dressing Salad

Wednesday 25th of April 2018

[…] have shared this salad before, and I’m sharing it again because #1) it’s a popular side dish and #2) it really is my all time favorite self-dressing […]


Tuesday 11th of November 2014

I have to try some of these. I always forget I can roast green beans, that is going on my shopping list this week.

Patti Tucker

Tuesday 11th of November 2014

So easy and healthy, I love roasted green beans.

Joanie @ ZagLeft

Tuesday 11th of November 2014

Great ideas for side dishes. That Spanish Rice looks delicious!

Patti Tucker

Tuesday 11th of November 2014

It's one of our favs and fairly simple to make.

Laura Irion // Avery Street Design

Monday 10th of November 2014

Oh, I would totally eat those potatoes straight out of the fridge!! I found you through Naptime Creations link up & wanted to invite you to join mine on Saturday nights at - starting at 8 pm. It's called "Found & Foraged" - I'd love to see you there! xo.

Patti Tucker

Monday 10th of November 2014

I have eaten those potatoes straight from the fridge!


Monday 10th of November 2014

Very interesting foods

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