Garlic Ginger Green Beans

Green beans are a simple side dish fit for almost any occasion, give them an Asian-style flavor infusion though and then you’ve got something truly special that still only takes about 25 minutes from start to finish. These garlic ginger green beans get quick blanching and, after they’ve stopped cooking, a stir in a hot pan with some sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and some rice vinegar for good measure.

garlic ginger green beans served in a ceramic bowl with a wooden spoon, ginger root, and soy sauce in the background

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Crispy Oven Baked Cheese Fries

French fries are one of our family’s favorite sides. Add a little bit of cheese to crisp oven roasted fries made from fresh potatoes? Well, that’s a recipe for down home, Southern style crispy oven baked cheese fries just like Grandma used to make. We’ve skipped the cast iron skillet and oil, and opted for a sheet pan and high heat, but kept all that melted cheese topping!

crispy oven baked cheese fries piled high on a white plate with parsley leaves for garnish and a bowl of ketchup in the background

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Pupusas with Salsa Roja

Thick circles of toasted Salvadorian flat bread are stuffed with rich melted cheese. They’re delicious all by themselves, but even better when dipped in a simple thin red salsa. Pupusas with salsa roja are an El Salvadorian classic dish that’s easy to make, and akin to the American combination of grilled cheese & tomato soup.

pupusas with salsa roja on a white plate with a dish cloth in the background

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French Onion Soup Casserole

If you love French onion soup, then this French onion soup casserole is the side dish that was meant for you. A bed of beef broth infused caramelized onions is topped with crunchy, buttery croutons with shredded Swiss cheese that’s broiled to golden brown perfection. It’s quick, it’s easy, but it tastes gourmet.

French onion soup casserole

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