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Our Editors' Favorite Side Dishes From Childhood

First Posted: 11/15/2011 9:48 am   Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am


Even though they are called side dishes, often times these unassuming recipes can steal the spotlight on the dinner table. Having chicken and mashed potatoes for dinner -- what are you most excited about? Let's be honest, it's the mashed potatoes, isn't it? And if the side dish does not make such a splash, it is always at the very least an integral part of the meal, complementing the other flavors present at the table and tying the entire meal together.

Sometimes side dishes can take on a legendary status in our childhood, like my mother's mashed potatoes. When word got out that she was cooking these up, we would find more than usual seated at our dinner table, as the neighborhood kids could not resist her creamy recipe. And try as I might to recreate her recipe or to search for a restaurant that makes them like hers, they just never compete with my mother's.

With this in mind, our editors have put together a collection of their favorite childhood family side dishes. These recipes are all great addition to your weeknight meals -- comforting for the Autumn weather and nutritious enough to serve to your own family (however big or small it might be).

Do you have a favorite side dish recipe from your childhood? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Sour Cream Cucumber Salad
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Cucumber salad was a common side dish in my household when I was a kid. My mom would whip this salad together in minutes, using a small mandoline to create extra thin slices, that she'd then toss in a salty, vinegary brine.

Hungarians often serve a salad like this alongside meat. Mostly it's prepared without sour cream, so that people can dollop as much as they want tableside. I still like mine with lots of sour cream.
-Joseph Erdos

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