11 Side Dishes That Might Be Better Than The Main Course

Some foods have a purpose, like boosting your energy or improving your health. But I believe food's greatest purpose is being delicious, and if there exists one dish whose sole purpose is to be awesome, it's the side dish.

Side dishes can be anything from veggies to fries to spring rolls — they just have to be placed to the side of your dish (duh!) and they have to be tasty (but that's obvious). I found 11 side dishes (fried Brussels sprouts! Buffalo oven fries!) that are bound to be even more delicious than the main entree.

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fried brussels sprouts with smoked honey aioli

When I first saw these fried Brussels sprouts with smoked honey aioli from How Sweet It Is, my heart started beating faster and my palms started to sweat. I need this delicious dish on my dinner table like, yesterday.

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spicy goat cheese and butternut squash triangles

I don’t need any convincing that these spicy goat cheese and butternut squash triangles from Adventures In Cooking are delicious. I’ve already made plans to make them tonight.

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coconut creamed spinach

Face it, you probably could use some more spinach in your life. Make it worth your while with this coconut creamed spinach from Love and Lemons.

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crispy buffalo oven fries

I am such a sucker for French fries in general, and this crispy Buffalo oven fries recipe from How Sweet It Is has my mouth watering.

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cauliflower gratin

Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables, and I am always looking for new recipes. This gratin from Jelly Toast Blog is exactly what I need.

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sweet potato turnip and parsnip latkes

I tried my first latke this past month and I’m itching for more, like these sweet potato turnip and parsnip versions from Kitchen Confidante.

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eggplant with roasted garlic yogurt sauce

I am pretty sure turning down roasted garlic yogurt sauce is a sin so you kind of have to make this amazing eggplant with creamy dressing from Blogging Over Thyme.

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baked tomatoes with thyme

This dish from Big Girls Small Kitchen is super simple and is guaranteed to impress your guests (and probably make you look like a better chef than you are, hooray!).

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roasted beet hummus

While Liz Lemon is working on her night cheese, I am working on my night hummus — this roasted beet version from Lick My Spoon will do.

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vegetarian spring rolls

Spring rolls are always fresh and light and now you can make them at home with this guide from The Little Epicurean.

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bulgur and cauliflower salad

I already said I love cauliflower so maybe I’m biased but this bulgur and cauliflower salad from Big Girls Small Kitchen is as definitely as good as it looks.

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