15 Show-Stealing Side Dishes for the Fall
The next time you're tasked with making a side dish for an elegant dinner at home, try one of these top-rated recipes that are guaranteed to wow your friends and family. If you don't believe us, read the reviews from our home cooks, who are only sorry they didn't make extra!
Garlic Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon
"Pan-fry Brussels sprouts in butter and crispy bacon for a smoky addition to your vegetable side dish. You can add a little of the bacon grease to the dish if you prefer." — smokey14903
Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion, and Garlic
"The only way to eat cabbage in my house from now on, according to the 6 critics I feed daily! Easy, no exotic ingredients, just down-home deliciousness. Bacon and garlic makes a poor man's veg into something special." — Yummy Mummy
Rich and Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin
"These potatoes are AMAZING. I made the recipe as is with no changes. These were perfect, just the right amount of seasoning, nice and creamy, and great texture. The cheese and nutmeg really bump up the quality of the dish," says Susan.
Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash
"This is absolutely delicious. It was my first time making acorn squash and it will now be in the regular rotation throughout fall. I didn't change a thing. Perfect!" — valeriek12234
"This versatile side dish would work great along with pork, chicken, beef, or fish. The trick is to slowly add the cornmeal and whisk constantly to avoid lumps." — dadrules
Cauliflower Au Gratin
"One of my favorite ways to make cauliflower. I omit the nutmeg and add a dash of Frank's Hot Sauce and a little Dijon mustard. There are never any leftovers. We usually eat the whole casserole dish full. I like to serve this with meatloaf." — Sarah Jo
Middle Eastern Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate
"I always love an excuse to use saffron, and this delicious rice was a great use for it. Easy to make, too. Exactly as described." — fabeveryday
Bacon Feta Beans
"Excellent. Real easy. Real quick. Real good. My family likes feta cheese, so I used the full amount. Got rave reviews. Heats well too." — JOLLYROGERS
Crispy Turnip 'Fries'
"Unbelievable. Never had turnips before and LOVE this. I will never make regular potato fries again!" — mdhaegele
Garlic Red Potatoes
"What a hit! My family couldn't get enough of this! And so easy to make. What more could you ask for?" — McMommy
Farro with Wild Mushrooms
"This tastes amazing! Everyone thinks you spent a lot of time and it is so easy! I'm a shroom lover, so I play with oyster, shitake, and whatever else happens to be on hand. Sooo yummy!" — Jet-set-Jen
Butternut Squash Risotto
"If you like the naturally sweet flavor of butternut squash, you'll love this risotto! It is so creamy and full of flavor! Great as a side dish or main course." — Andrea Longo Policella
"The texture this old-school method provides for russet potatoes is unlike anything you get by just roasting: so dense, moist, and rich. The way the crusty, crunchy edges outside contrast with the uniquely rich and creamy inside is truly a magical thing," Chef John says.
Elegant Turkey Stuffing
You don't have to be stuffing a turkey to serve this side for dinner. "The distinctiveness of this turkey dressing comes from the orange-flavored liqueur, spicy Italian sausage, apples, and pecans. It's also very easy to prepare," recipe creator Joan says.
Roasted Honey Cinnamon Acorn Squash
"Caramelized roasted honey cinnamon acorn squash is drizzled with honey and cinnamon, and sprinkled with crumbled cheese and crunchy almonds." — Culinary Envy