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9 Sensational Sides That Will Dress Up Any Dish

03/07/2015 07:52 am ET | Updated May 07, 2015

Side dishes are often an afterthought, but they can be just as memorable as the main course. These sensational sides will have people scrambling for seconds.

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Build a meal around this flavorful broccoli. The florets are tossed in a sweet, spicy, and smoky chipotle honey butter before roasting. Pair with simply grilled salmon or steak and dinner is done. GET THE RECIPE

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It sounds fancy but is incredibly simple. All you do is wrap big, thick asparagus spears with pancetta and sauté them until nice and crisp. I especially love them for brunch alongside eggs or quiche. GET THE RECIPE

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These sweet and spicy roasted carrots are delicious enough to stand on their own as a simple supper or satisfying snack. GET THE RECIPE

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This rustic version of mashed potatoes is an easy crowd-pleaser. Simply boil a few pounds of baby red potatoes, smash them with a fork, then mix them with butter, Parmesan cheese and seasonings. GET THE RECIPE

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Bright yellow, studded with dried fruit and almonds, and scented with cumin, cinnamon and turmeric -- this rice pilaf will remind you of someplace exotic you'd like to travel far far away. Serve it with Chicken Kebabs. GET THE RECIPE

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This quick and easy table bread is made with extra sharp cheddar, which gives it a crisp, golden crust and tender, cheesy interior. For a cozy dinner, serve with a bowl of tomato soup or chili. GET THE RECIPE

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If you love beets, you may just obsess over these. They're oven-roasted, which intensifies their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction. Serve this nutritional powerhouse as a side, or keep them in the fridge for snacking or salad toppers. GET THE RECIPE

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Vegetables are not usually described as addicting, but these brussels sprouts doused with balsamic and honey will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. GET THE RECIPE

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Technically, it's not really a soufflé, but rather a baked puree of carrots, butter, brown sugar, and eggs that has a fluffy and delicate texture. It's also not technically a dessert, but it's almost sweet enough to be. GET THE RECIPE