Saturday, September 24, 2011

Easy Side Dishes

How many times have you stood in the kitchen trying to figure out what to serve as a side dish? Here are some easy side dish recipes from Food Network Kitchens.

Crispy Bread Sticks

Mix 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon each fennel seeds, poppy seeds and sesame seeds, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Roll out an 11-ounce package refrigerated breadstick dough into a 16-by-8-inch rectangle. Cut into twelve 16-inch strips and twist into breadsticks. Brush with the oil mixture. Place on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets and bake in a 400 degrees F oven until golden, about 12 minutes

Green Beans With Pine Nuts

Saute 1 sliced red onion in a skillet with olive oil, 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 pound green beans; cook 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water and salt and pepper to taste; cook until the beans are tender, 7 minutes. Stir in 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts; season with salt and pepper.

Rosemary Chips

Toss 1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced russet potatoes with 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary, 1 grated garlic clove, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt and a pinch of cayenne. Spread on a baking sheet; roast in a 500 degrees F oven until golden, about 20 minutes. Flip the potatoes and cook until golden and crisp, 8 more minutes. Season with salt.

Gorgonzola Polenta

Bring 4 cups salted water to a boil. Slowly add 1 cup instant polenta, whisking. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring, until thick and creamy, 10 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon butter, 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola, 1 tablespoon chopped oregano and a dash of nutmeg. Top with more cheese and some pepper.

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