Balsamic Glazed Zucchini Recipe

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If you’re looking to use up some of your fresh garden zucchini here is a recipe that makes an excellent side dish. It doesn’t require many ingredients and cooks quickly.

Balsamic Glazed Zucchini Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium zucchini (cut into ½ inch slices)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat using the oil cook zucchini until tender; add the garlic and salt and cook for an additional 1 minute. Remove zucchini from the skill and set aside on a plate.
  2. Pour the vinegar into the now empty skillet, bring to a boil, and cook until mixture is reduced to about half. Add the zucchini back to the skillet and toss to coat.

Adapted from Taste of Home Magazine

Rich and Creamy Polenta Recipe

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I have only eaten polenta a couple of times and I will have to say I was not very impressed. I was planning on preparing an Instant Pot recipe and it recommended serving the dish with polenta, so I decided to give it a try. My wife and I both were pretty impressed with this Polenta; it was outstanding. It does take a little time, but it is well worth the effort; we will be sure to make it again.

Rich and Creamy Polenta Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Place the water and salt into a medium size sauce pan and bring to a boil. Gradually add the cornmeal while constantly stirring with a whisk to avoid creating any lumps.
  2. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until polenta starts to thicken. Cover and continue cooking for 30 minutes, stirring every 5 to 6 minutes with a wooden spoon.
  3. Polenta is done when it is creamy and all individual grains are tender. (should not be gritty at all)
  4. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of butter – when butter is half melted mix in the cheese stirring until butter and cheese are completely melted; cover and let rest of 5 minutes.
  5. Top polenta with remaining butter and garnish with more cheese if desired,

Adapted from Allrecipes

Baked Potato Wedges

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This Baked Potato Wedges recipe makes a good side dish. I used them for a fish fry, and they went with the fish really well. There is very little prep time involved and they bake fairly quickly. So if you want to get away from the oil for fries give these a try.

Baked Potato Wedges
 
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Recipe type: Side
Ingredients
  • 3 – 4 medium size potatoes (scrubbed with skin on)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (Chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Slice potatoes in half and then slice again to quarter. Whisk eggs in a small bowl. In another bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients. Dip potato wedges in the eggs and then roll them in the spice mixture until well covered.
  3. Place wedges on a baking sheet lightly sprayed with cooking spray and bake for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are done.
  4. Let rest for 5 minutes and serve.

 

Ritz Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

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Football play-off season is here and these Parmesan Chicken Nuggets are perfect for the occasion. These chicken nuggets are simple to put together, and cook quickly. Just be sure to allow enough time for the marinade.

So if you want to wow your guests at your next super bowl party give this Ritz Crackers Parmesan Chicken Nuggets recipe a try; they’re delicious.

Ritz Crackers Parmesan Chicken Nuggets
 
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Recipe type: side
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: Side
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken tenders (cut into 1 ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups Ritz cracker crumbs (I used a food processor to crush the crackers – if you don’t have one place them in a food grade plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. They don’t have to be real fine)
  • ⅓ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Oil for deep frying.
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix together the butter milk, garlic, paprika, and salt; toss the chicken in the butter milk mixture, cover with plastic, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
  2. In a shallow dish like a pie plate whisk together the Ritz cracker crumbs, parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs.
  3. Preheat deep fryer to 350F.
  4. Roll the chicken pieces one piece at a time in the crumb mixture and deep fry in batches until golden brown and crispy. Place on paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  5. Serve as a stand-alone snack or with your favorite dipping sauce.
  6. Enjoy

Adapted from Laura in the Kitchen

Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe

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I received an Instant Pot for a Christmas present from my son and decided to give it a try using an Instant Pot baked beans recipe. I have to admit I was a little skeptical that the beans would cook, and come out tender, with only 20 minutes of cooking time under pressure. The end result was a nice surprise, the beans were just right.

If you own an Instant Pot or a similar pressure cooker and need a good side dish give this Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe a try; there’re really good.

Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4-6 as side
Ingredients
  • 1. 1 pound dried navy beans (cover and soak with water and 1 ½ tablespoons of salt for 8 – 16 hours in a cool place or refrigerator) The night before you make them works out fine.
  • 2. 6 strips thick cut bacon (sliced crosswise into ¼ - ½ inch pieces)
  • 3. 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 4. 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 5. 1 ¾ cups cold water
  • 6. ¼ cup dark molasses
  • 7. ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 8. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 9. ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 10. 2 bay leaves
  • 11. Black pepper to taste
  • 12. 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 13. 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse beans through a strainer.
  2. Place bacon in pressure cooker and turn heat to medium (Instant pot press the sauté button). Cook bacon until crispy. Stirring occasionally. Add the diced onion and black pepper; sauté for 1 minute. Add the garlic and continue cooking until fragrant (about 30 seconds)
  3. While bacon is cooking in a small bowl mix together the molasses, maple syrup, soy sauce and 1 ¾ cup of water until well combined.
  4. When bacon mixture is done pour in ½ cup of the molasses mixture and scrap the bottom of the slow cooker to scrap any drippings off the bottom. Add the beans, ¼ teaspoon salt, bay leaves, and mix in the rest of the molasses mixture making sure all the beans are covered.
  5. Close lid – and cook at High pressure for 20 minutes, and then allow 20 minutes of natural release. After 20 minutes move venting knob to venting position to release the remaining pressure and open lid carefully. Mix in the Dijon mustard and cider vinegar.
  6. Press the sauté button and cook to desired consistency. At this point you can also add salt and pepper to taste, extra vinegar, and molasses if needed.
  7. Note: In the original recipe they added additional molasses – I did the same.

To View original Recipe go to Instantpot.com

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Macaroni and Cheese for Two

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This Macaroni and Cheese is just the right amount for two people. This recipe is really simple to put together, but don’t let that fool you, it’s creamy and delicious.

It you are looking for a simple and quick side dish give this one a try.

Macaroni and Cheese for Two
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cups elbow macaroni (Cooked and drained)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain
  3. In a large bowl mix together the milk, sour cream, and cheese, and then mix in the macaroni until well combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into a 1½ quart casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until heated through.

 

Crunchy Potato Recipe Casserole Recipe

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I was looking for a good side dish go go with a fish fry for supper. I was looking around on my sons blog and thought this Crunchy Potato Recipe Casserole Recipe looked really good.

No surprise here it was delicious!! You can view the original recipe here.

Crunchy Potato Recipe Casserole Recipe
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds frozen southern style hash browns
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups crushed cornflakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spread the frozen potatoes in the bottom of a 13 X 9 inch casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium size bowl mix together the soup, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.
  4. Pour ¼ cup of the melted butter over the potatoes and spread the soup mixture over the top.
  5. In a medium size bowl mix the remaining butter into the cornflakes and spread the mixture over the casserole. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove foil and continue baking until cornflakes start to brown and potatoes are done.

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Smoked Sausage Baked Beans Recipe

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I wanted baked beans, for a side dish, for a fish fry, but did not want to spend all day cooking them.

I found this recipe on my sons blog “blogchef.net”. The combinations of flavors looked really good and the recipe could be completed in about and hour.

I was just feeding a couple of people so we froze the leftovers for future fish fries. If you are looking for a good side dish give this one a try; it’s really good.

Smoked Sausage Baked Beans Recipe
 
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Serves: 4-6
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  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ pound smoked sausage (sliced)
  • 3 cans pork and beans (15 ounces each)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • Dash of hot sauce or to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat cook onion until tender. Add the garlic and sausage and continue cooking until sausage is browned. Mix in the beans, ketchup, molasses, sugar, vinegar, mustard and hot sauce.
  3. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9 casserole dish and bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and thick.
  4. Serve Hot

 

Cajun Rice Pilaf Recipe

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I am always looking for a good rice side dish to go with salmon. This Cajun Rice Pilaf recipe looked pretty good so I decided to give it a try. This is an easy recipe that requires very little prep time and compliments baked or broiled salmon very well.

The next time you’re need a good side dish give this Cajun Rice Pilaf recipe a try; it’s really good.

Cajun Rice Pilaf Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4-6 as side
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion chopped about 1 cup
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ¼ cup celery (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1½ cups long grain white rice (uncooked)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a medium size sauce pan over medium heat, add the vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the rice and continue cooking until rice is lightly browned. Add the seasonings and mix in the chicken broth, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and most of the broth is absorbed.
  2. Fluff with a fork and serve hot.

Adapted from Deep South Dish

Garlic Mashed Potato Bake Recipe

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This is a simple and delicious side dish recipe. Basically mashed potatoes fancied up a little bit with garlic, cheese, and sour cream.

This recipe is simple and fairly quick to prepare. If you looking for a good side dish give this Garlic Mashed Potato Bake Recipe a try.

Garlic Mashed Potato Bake Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 medium potatoes (peeled and quartered)
  • 3 garlic clove (peeled)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives (chopped)
  • 1 ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup French fried onions
Instructions
  1. Place the garlic and potatoes in a 3 quart sauce pan and cover with water; cook until fork tender and drain.
  2. While potatoes are cooking preheat oven to 325F and lightly spray a 1 ½ quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Add butter and sour cream to the potatoes and mash using a potato masher or electric mixer, and then fold in the chives. Spoon the mashed potatoes into the casserole dish and bake for about 20 minutes or until hot. Top with the cheese and French fried onions and continue to bake until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve Hot

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Adapted from blogchef.net