Side Dishes

Chef John's Baked Mushroom Risotto

Rating: 5 stars 213
The beginning and the end of this risotto recipe are pretty standard, but we've moved the middle 15 minutes into the oven in an attempt to eliminate those dreaded 'variables.' Besides being easier and more repeatable, this method produced a risotto that was identical in looks, taste, and texture to anything I can do on the stove.

Chef John's Asparagus Tart

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
As long as you're pretty good at making rectangles, and trimming things to the right length, this recipe is a breeze. By the way, I'll give the specific ingredient amounts I used here, but this really depends on how much asparagus you have, and how long you want your tart to be.

Chef John's Classic Potato Pancakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 54
The one and only way to not get perfectly crispy potato pancakes is to not squeeze them properly. More than half the procedure was dedicated to grating, soaking, draining, and squeezing the potatoes. If you don't thoroughly squeeze all the liquid from the potatoes, the pancakes just won't crisp up as well. Top with thinly sliced smoked salmon, sour cream, and fresh dill.

Chef John's Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 301
Fettuccine pasta coated in an savory, sherry cream sauce with mushrooms.
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Chef John's Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 4.5 stars 86
This makes a very nice side dish to your holiday feast, and I can't think of a main course, especially one made from some type of succulent animal, that this wouldn't pair wonderfully with.

Chef John's Classic Macaroni Salad

Rating: 5 stars 401
Crisp, colorful veggies abound in this deli-style chilled macaroni salad.

Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 95
Autumn is the season for rich, creamy sauces, and I'm pretty sure you're going to be shocked at just how easy this one is. When your cream is reduced, your sauce is practically done. I like serving this with a stuffed pasta like tortellini or ravioli, topped with diced apple and crunchy toasted walnuts.

Chef John's Spicy Shrimp Cakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
I love Asian-style fish or shrimp cakes but almost never order them because I find there's too much filler or 'binder.' So if you want to enjoy shrimp cakes in their most pure form, give this recipe a try. It takes just a few minutes if you use your food processor. These little fried cakes are delicious served with Thai chili sauce.
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How to Make Pumpkin Cheesecake

Rating: 4.5 stars 45
We're combining America's favorite cheese-based dessert with America's favorite gourd! (Sorry, cucumbers!) There's a lot of ingredients, but the good news is it's super-easy to do. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds.

Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

Rating: 4.5 stars 880
Our authentic Greek spanakopita pie pairs flaky phyllo dough with spinach and feta.

German Spaetzle with Sauerkraut

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
I am from Germany and this was one of our favorite foods to make. Homemade authentic spaetzle with sauerkraut and breadcrumbs sauteed in butter. Delicious.