What’s a burger without fries? Fried chicken and no greens? A lonely steak without a baked potato? Side dishes aren’t merely second string players of a meal, they often complete the dish and can be as impressive as the main event. Check out Food Network’s top 10 side dish recipes of the year and cook up a few to balance your favorite mains.
10. Red Beans and Rice — Fresh herbs and a pinch of cayenne add flavor and subtle spice to Emeril’s Creole-inspired dish.
9. Collard Greens — This traditional southern side is the ideal accompaniment to crispy fried chicken.
8. Broccoli Salad — Broccoli, onions, raisins and sweet cherry tomatoes are tossed in a mayonnaise-based dressing to create a veggie-packed salad in just 15 short minutes.
7. Sauteed Kale — Olive oil and sliced garlic bring classic Italian flavor to this leafy green dish.
6. Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes — Alton uses starchy russet potatoes to yield a smooth and creamy mashed mixture, laced with fresh garlic and nutty parmesan cheese.
5. Corn Casserole — Paula uses whole kernel and creamed corn to add variety in texture to her cheesy casserole.
4. Baked Sweet Potato Fries — A healthful alternative to classic deep-fried French fries, these sweet potato slices bake in the oven until golden.
3. Green Bean Casserole — Ready in just 30 minutes, this family favorite is made with fresh mushrooms, green beans and crispy French-fried onion rings and is topped with cheddar cheese.
2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts — Ina tosses Brussels sprouts (pictured above) with olive oil and seasoning and bakes them until they’re tender and a warm brown color.
1. The Baked Potato — As versatile as it is wallet-friendly, a baked potato is the ultimate side dish, complementing perfectly beef, chicken and fish dishes.