This week's cooking board recipe swap theme was side dishes. Getting out of a side dish rut seems to be a common problem for a lot of cooks, so hopefully one of the recipes below will inspire you.
Brianna has traveled the world and is comfortable cooking a variety of cuisines, but had never tried kugel. She paired the Browned Onion Kugel recipe she received in the swap with spiced roast chicken thighs and roasted broccoli:
Kate welcomed the warm weather with Baked Pineapple, which she served alongside Bourbon-glazed steaks and steamed green beans:
Katie had another springtime dish, Orzo and Squash Gratin, served with Ina's Perfect Roast Chicken:
The Cookaholic Wife served raspberry chipotle chicken and grilled asparagus with Garlic Roasted Potatoes, a new twist on one of her family-favorites:
Baked chicken and a green salad went nicely with Jey's Garlic Parmesan Orzo:
Lisa made the recipe I submitted for Whiskey-Glazed Carrots, one of my all-time favorite side dishes, which she served with grilled steaks marinated in Italian dressing:
Melissa had a healthy alternative to potato chips, baked kale chips. She served them with blackened salmon and roasted grape tomatoes with garlic for dinner and had the leftovers for lunch the next day with a turkey, brie and honey mustard panini.
Cassie lightened up her recipe for Baked Lemon Pasta and served it with fish cakes made from salmon and tilapia:
Jenna had another springtime dish, Green Bean Salad with Salsa Fresca, that went well with grilled bratwurst:
Melissa had a blast from the past when she received Cauliflower Gratin as her side dish recipe (she had made it years ago for another recipe swap). She served it with grilled chicken and roasted potatoes:
Lisa wasn't sure if Hassleback Potatoes had any relation to TV talk show host Elizabeth Hasselback, but once she realized there wasn't she really enjoyed these elegant potatoes:
My recipe was for stuffed zucchini, which I served with grilled steak and mashed potatoes:
Christine made Roasted Sweet Potato Coins with Pancetta and Chives: