The Chowhound community has been sharing, discovering, testing, and tasting new and classic recipes for over two decades, much to the delight of hungry people at dinner tables everywhere. As 2018 comes to a close, we’re sharing the best of the best from every category, and all of it according to you!
It’s no secret that in this day in age, you’ve gotta choose sides. And if you’re going to choose, you may as well choose the best. We rounded up the Chowhound community’s most-shared side dish recipes from 2018 for your reading (and eating) pleasure. From low-carb cauliflower couscous to vegan mushroom pate, there’s a little something for everyone.
Without further ado: The best side dish recipes of 2018, according to you!
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese, Bon Appetit
This flavorful and hearty vegetarian side dish would easily work as the main course for any vegetarian dinner party. Try Bon Appetit’s Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese recipe for yourself.
Roasted Carrots with Carrot-Top Pesto, Bon Appetit
Le Creuset Signature Roaster, $199.96 on Sur La Table
Perfect for roasting root vegetables.
No-Knead Bread, New York Times
This very popular bread recipe from Sullivan Street Bakery in N.Y.C. uses only four ingredients, and doesn’t require a single knead. Try the New York Times’ No-Knead Bread recipe for yourself.
Cauliflower Steaks with Olive Relish and Tomato Sauce, Bon Appetit
Mediterranean flavors abound in this hearty vegetable side or vegan-friendly main course. Try Bon Appetit’s Cauliflower Steaks with Olive Relish and Tomato Sauce recipe for yourself.
Fresh Homemade Ricotta, Epicurious
Brown Rice Mujadarra with Mixed Herbs, Bon Appetit
A perfect flavorful starch to serve when you feel trapped in a prison of potatoes and pasta. Try Bon Appetit’s Brown Rice Mujadarra with Mixed Herbs recipe for yourself.
Joy the Bakers Olive Oil Braised Chickpeas, Food52
A side dish that will only get better the next day when all the flavors have had a chance to marry. Try Food52’s Joy the Bakers Olive Oil Braised Chickpeas recipe for yourself.
Brussels Sprout Hash with Caramelized Shallots, Epicurious
A simple slaw to bring on a picnic or serve with your barbecue dogs and burgers. Try the Brussels Sprout Hash with Caramelized Shallots recipe for yourself.
Smacked Cucumber in Garlicky Sauce, Telegraph U.K.
Sweet and sour flavors abound in this simple, classic Chinese side salad. Try the Telegraph U.K.’s Smacked Cucumber in Garlicky Sauce recipe for yourself.
Spring Chef Premium Swivel Vegetable Peeler, $7.99 on Amazon
This sturdy, stainless steel peeler is a kitchen must-have.
Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, Food Network
Roasted and Charred Broccoli with Peanuts, Bon Appetit
Getting a nice char without burning the broccoli is key for this healthy side dish. Try Bon Appetit’s Roasted and Charred Broccoli with Peanuts recipe for yourself.
White Cheddar Puffs with Green Onions, Epicurious
I dare you to find someone who can eat just one of these cheddar and onion puffs of goodness. Try Epicurious’ White Cheddar Puffs with Green Onions recipe for yourself.
Red and Black Rice Stuffing With Red Lentils, Serious Eats
The word is out; this lentil and black rice dish is the perfect healthy and filling mid-week lunch. Try Serious Eats’ Red and Black Rice Stuffing With Red Lentils recipe for yourself.
Porcini and Pecan Pâté, Food & Wine
There are many uses for this vegan pâté. Spread on your next veggie sandwich, for instance, or with good toast and soft cheese. Try Food & Wine’s Porcini and Pecan Pate recipe for yourself.
Roasted Carrots with Cumin Yogurt, Bon Appetit
Use Thumbelina carrots in this warm vegetarian side dish, if you can find them. Try Bon Appetit’s Roasted Carrots with Cumin Yogurt recipe for yourself.
Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce, New York Times
This controversial 30-minute, four-ingredient red sauce may change your Sunday routine forever. Don’t @ us. @ the New York Times, please. Try the New York Times’ recipe for Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce for yourself.
Roasted Radishes with Brown Butter, Lemon, and Radish Tops, Bon Appetit
Try for a visible caramelization on the radishes and watch the surprise wash over your dinner party guests’ faces as they realize how much they really do love radishes. Try Bon Appetit’s Roasted Radishes with Brown Butter, Lemon, and Radish Tops recipe for yourself.
Redecker Hard and Soft Side Vegetable Brush, $12.99 on Amazon
Clean your veggies without bruising them with this handy brush.
Squash Gratin with Poblanos and Cream, Food & Wine
Orzo with Tomatoes, Feta, and Green Onions, Epicurious
Orzo is sturdy and can hold a dressing without sogging or mushing. Feta is just plain delicious, so it’s no wonder this recipe was popular in 2018. Try Epicurious’ Orzo with Tomatoes, Feta, and Green Onions recipe for yourself.
Cauliflower Couscous, Leites Culinaria
Cauliflower is responsible for many a beach body success story. This couscous-style prep absorbs other flavors and makes the perfect healthy side. Try Leites Culinaria’s Cauliflower Couscous recipe for yourself.
One-Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf, Food52
A great way to use up any extra kale…or quinoa for that matter! Try Food52’s One-Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf recipe for yourself.
Cold Chinese Style Sesame Noodles with Cucumber, Epicurious
There are a few versatile Asian ingredients, like rice wine vinegar and sesame oil, you should try to keep stocked in the pantry for times like this. Try Epicurious’ Cold Chinese Style Sesame Noodles with Cucumber recipe for yourself.
Beautiful Burger Buns, King Arthur Flour
You might not always have time for freshly baked burger buns, but when you do, it is next level backyard barbecue magic. Try King Arthur Flour’s Beautiful Burger Buns recipe for yourself.
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