Hey there, food lovers! 🍽️ Let's talk about the unsung heroes of any meal—side dishes. Sure, the main course usually steals the spotlight, but let's be real, it's the side dishes that can make or break your dining experience. I mean, what's a juicy steak without some garlic mashed potatoes, or a grilled chicken without some zesty coleslaw on the side?
Side dishes are like the supporting actors in a blockbuster movie; they may not have the leading role, but they sure do add depth and character to the whole production. Whether it's the creamy texture of mac and cheese, the sweet crunch of roasted carrots, or the spicy kick of a jalapeño cornbread, side dishes elevate a meal from "just okay" to "oh wow!"
Ever find yourself scratching your head, wondering what to serve alongside that main dish for your upcoming special occasion? Trust me, you're not alone. We've all been there—staring at the fridge or scrolling through Pinterest, completely stumped. But fret not, my culinary comrades, I've got your back!
I'm here to sprinkle some inspiration into your kitchen with a curated list of side dish recipes that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Whether you're hosting a laid-back backyard barbecue, a swanky office party, or a cozy family gathering, I've got something for everyone.
And let's not forget those quintessential Southern gatherings—oh yes, I'm talking about barbecues, picnics, and fish fries. Down here, side dishes are practically a religion. So, buckle up, because you're about to discover our all-time favorites that have been gracing Southern tables for generations.
So go ahead, scroll down and let your taste buds do the talking. Because no meal, whether it's a casual cookout or an elegant dinner, is truly complete without the perfect side dishes to round it out.
You can't have a barbecue without grilled chicken, hot links and ribs.
Once the weather becomes hot it's time to entertain friends and family in the backyard. You can become the hit of the BBQ by serving up some barbecue side dish favorites like the ones listed below.
You can reduce your workload by having some of your guest prepare these side dishes and bring them to the barbecue.
What's a picnic without fried chicken? This is ideal because fried chicken also taste great served cold.
If you're going to be outside in warm weather it's best to pack side dishes that don't require constant refrigeration. Pack plenty of side dishes that keep well over ice such as:
If you have some way of keeping your side dishes warm or re-heating them, try these picnic favorites:
Last but not least don't forget your paper plates, plastic eating utensils, napkins, cups, condiments and your blanket.
Serving up some tasty battered fish is only half of the equation, when it comes to planning a fish fry. You also have to be sure to serve the following food favorites.
Don't forget to grill or bake additional fish for those who prefer not to eat fried fish.
Like chicken and dumplings? If so, check out our the side dishes we recommend for an extraordinary chicken and dumplings dinner.
My all time favorite sides are collard greens, creamed corn, baked beans and potato salad for sure. Here is my i love these so much...