Gourmet Side Dish Recipes

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Hearts of Palm Risotto

Rating: Unrated
33
A friend came to visit me in Brazil, and we both had this dish in a restaurant. It was delicious and I tried to recreate a similar recipe at home. The restaurant version also contained snow peas, but I chose not to use the snow peas and focused on the heart of palm instead.

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Rating: Unrated
443
My husband taught me this elegant yet easy side dish! Always a hit at the holidays, and dresses up every day chicken.

Grilled Portobellos Sauteed in Wine

Rating: Unrated
37
This recipe is a great addition to beef roast or a grilled steak. It is easy, quick, and can be prepared in the time it takes the steak to be grilled, if need be. We were absolutely amazed when this recipe became a favorite of our 2 year old grand daughter!

Asparagus Parmesan

Rating: Unrated
491
Quick and easy asparagus that is sauteed, and topped off with Parmesan cheese.

Crispy Zucchini or Pumpkin Blossoms

Rating: Unrated
27
My Italian grandmother makes these every year when the zucchini in her garden start to blossom. She is Sicilian and calls them 'cripelli.' It's sort of like a fritter and so yummy. As an alternative, you could also chop up the blossoms and mix them up in the batter and drop by teaspoons into the hot oil.

Elegant Orzo with Wilted Spinach and Pine Nuts

Rating: Unrated
199
Orzo pasta with wilted spinach, feta cheese, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar - goes well with fish or chicken.

Chestnut Pasta

Rating: Unrated
5
Chestnuts are no longer just roasted by an open fire. Now, I have a great chestnut pasta recipe. It takes a while to prepare, but it's a labor of love and an unmatched sensation to your taste buds. Enjoy! Buon Appetito!

Black Salt Asparagus

Rating: Unrated
5
I bought fancy black sea salt on a trip and was dying to create a recipe that showcased the flavor. This asparagus recipe is it! It is fresh, delicious and so simple that my 14 year-old can make it. A great side dish anytime!

Shrimp Wrapped with Prosciutto

Rating: Unrated
9
An adventurous dish of fried polenta cakes, shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and a hazelnut liquor sauce! It is as beautiful to see as it is to eat.

Sweet and Nutty Moroccan Couscous

Rating: Unrated
81
I've simplified this recipe for Couscous Mesfouf without losing any of its deliciously complex flavor. Prepare all the mix-ins ahead of time and it takes only minutes to make. Enjoy!

Best Fried Green Tomatoes

Rating: Unrated
750
You can also fry up red tomatoes with this recipe but make sure they are not over ripe or they will be mushy. Serve these tomatoes outside with a glass of iced tea one summer night and enjoy the sunset with someone you love.

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Rating: Unrated
4264
This is my husband's favorite dish, and he considers it a special occasion every time I make it. The creamy cheese sauce and the tender potatoes in this classic French dish combine to make a deliciously addictive experience. It's a great side dish with a roast pork loin or beef tenderloin. Add a green salad and French bread, and you have found the magic path to a man's heart. To avoid lumps in your sauce, add the milk just a little at a time as you stir the flour and butter. Experiment with different cheeses for variety.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Asparagus Parmesan

Fresh asparagus sauteed in olive oil and butter, and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews

See how to make this top-rated broccoli dish with cashews in tangy garlic sauce.

Browned Brussels Sprouts with Orange and Walnuts

Rating: Unrated
25

I'm a big fan of Brussels sprouts, and this is my favorite way to prepare them, with toasty walnuts and zingy orange.