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The Best Potato Side Dish Recipes

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Few foods are more comforting than potatoes. The vegetable can be served with anything, from a weeknight roast chicken to a perfectly cooked steak for date night to a classic holiday turkey. Potatoes are most loved in their mashed form, but there are endless ways to make the spud. From twice-baked to potato gratin, the following recipes take potatoes to the next level.

Baked Potato

Baked Potato
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There are a lot of fantastic potato side dishes to choose from, but perhaps nothing suits a hearty prime rib dinner better than a baked potato. Before diving in, load it up with cheese, scallions and sour cream. 

For the Best Baked Potato recipe, click here.

Grilled Scalloped Potatoes

Grilled Scalloped Potatoes
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If you're using your grill to make a steak, keep it going for these scalloped potatoes, which are one of the best-ever grilled side dishes. Mix your starch with mayonnaise, cheese, parsley, rosemary, salt and pepper, add to foil packets with onions and grill for 15 minutes on both sides. 

For the Grilled Scalloped Potatoes recipe, click here.

Curry Roasted Carrots and Fingerling Potatoes

Curry Roasted Carrots and Fingerling Potatoes
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This autumnal dish is packed with flavor and color. Carrots and fingerling potatoes are seasoned with cumin and curry powder and given a burst of spice and tangy flavor with hot sauce and ketchup. 

For the Curry Roasted Carrots and Fingerling Potatoes recipe, click here.

Herby Potato Salad With Pickled Onions

Herby Potato Salad With Pickled Onions
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Potato salad is the perfect cold dish to have on hot days. Get the most out of the side by straying from the predictable combinations. This recipe mixes perfectly-cooked potatoes with pickled onions and scallions, and uses aioli instead of plain mayo to achieve the classic creamy consistency.

For the Herby Potato Salad With Pickled Onions recipe, click here.

Loaded Potato Tornado

Loaded Potato Tornado
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If you’re hosting a dinner party and want to impress your guests, try a potato tornado instead of standard roasted potatoes. The spiralized shape of the side dish makes it look intricate without requiring much work. Simply add a potato to a wood skewer and cut the potato while slowly turning it.

For the Loaded Potato Tornado recipe, click here.

Au Gratin Potatoes

Au Gratin Potatoes
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Au gratin denotes any dish that’s prepared with cheese and butter, then cooked in the oven or broiler. Potatoes made au gratin yield a rich and creamy side dish that’s perfect to serve at holiday dinners if you want something more special than mashed.

For the Au Gratin Potatoes recipe, click here.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
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Sweet potato fries will usually run you a few extra dollars when dining at a restaurant, but at home, the dish is free of charge. To avoid the laborious process of frying food at home, add a little bit of oil and Old Bay seasoning to the sweet potatoes before throwing them in an air fryer.

For the Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries recipe, click here.

Scalloped Golden Potatoes With Rosemary and Thyme

Scalloped Golden Potatoes With Rosemary and Thyme
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Why have one potato when you can have layers of them? Scalloped potatoes are made by slicing the spuds and cooking them in a skillet with milk, creme fraiche and seasonings. Add the mixture to a baking dish and cook until golden brown.

For the Scalloped Golden Potatoes With Rosemary and Thyme recipe, click here.

Cumin-Flavored Potatoes

Cumin-Flavored Potatoes
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The simple flavor of potatoes will always satisfy, but sometimes you need to kick it up a notch, especially if you need a bold side dish to complement a mild protein like chicken. This recipe recommends you dice the spud and mix it with cumin and green chilies.

​​For the Cumin-Flavored Potatoes recipe, click here.

Roasted Gingered Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Gingered Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
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Put fall’s bounty of vegetables to use by using them in an entire side dish. Sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts are seasoned with ginger and roasted to perfection. The balance of sweet and smoky flavors will liven up any entree.

For the Roasted Gingered Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts recipe, click here.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Mashed Potatoes
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It’s no secret that mashed potatoes are one of the tastiest parts of any meal. It’s just a bonus that they’re easy to make and take less than an hour to cook. Take the dinner staple up a notch by mixing in brown butter and Parmesan cheese.

For the Creamy Mashed Potatoes recipe, click here.

Twice-Baked Potatoes

Twice-Baked Potatoes
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Twice-baked potatoes are one of those dishes Midwesterners always have on their table. Serve the all-American dish as an appetizer or side to your weeknight dinner meals.

For the Twice Baked Potatoes recipe, click here.

Classic Potato Kugel

Classic Potato Kugel
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Kugel is commonly served during Jewish holidays like Hanukkah and Rosh Hashanah. This no-frills recipe makes a perfect potato kugel that’s rich and creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

For the Classic Potato Kugel recipe, click here.

Potatoes Dauphinoise With Prunes and Leeks

Potatoes Dauphinoise With Prunes and Leeks
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The savory starchiness of potatoes are complemented by the sweetness of prunes and leeks in this recipe for potatoes dauphinoise. The side dish pairs well with lean beef like sirloin steak.

For the Potatoes Dauphinoise With Prunes and Leeks recipe, click here.

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes
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If you like your sweet potatoes golden brown and crispy, roasting them in the oven is the most effective way to cook them. Before roasting, blanch the potatoes in a pot of boiling water to expedite the cooking process.

For the Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes recipe, click here.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Coconut Milk and Chives

Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Coconut Milk and Chives
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Any mashed potato has our heart throughout the year, but there’s something about the creamy sweetness of yams that hits the spot during fall. Mix the orange spud with coconut milk and chives for a rich, smooth bite.

For the Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk and Chives recipe, click here.

Crispy Potatoes

Crispy Potatoes
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Perfectly crisp potatoes don’t need much seasoning to shine — their texture does all the work. Just add some sage and lemon zest, and you’ll have a perfect side dish for any cut of pork.

For the Crispy Potatoes recipe, click here.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Loaded Mashed Potatoes
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It won’t matter if you make mashed potatoes from scratch or use the boxed stuff — the addition of bacon, melted cheese and chives gives this dish all the flavors it needs.

For the Loaded Mashed Potatoes recipe, click here.

Hungarian Potatoes

Hungarian Potatoes
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You’ll need just six ingredients to make this family recipe for Hungarian potatoes. The most important spice is the paprika, which is what sets Hungarian potatoes apart from regular ones. As far as texture, these potatoes can be prepared crispy or mushy — the choice is yours.

For the Hungarian Potatoes recipe, click here.

Weeknight Loaded Potato Soup

Weeknight Loaded Potato Soup
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Served as a side or appetizer on menus at America’s best steakhouses, loaded potato soup is easy to replicate at home. Potatoes are cooked in a pot with milk, then blended into a creamy mixture and packed with bacon, sour cream and cheddar cheese. More than a side dish to steak, loaded potato soup is one of many easy dinner dishes to make for busy weeknights.

For the Weeknight Loaded Potato Soup recipe, click here.

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