You may think they’re unnecessary or even a waste of time and money. Say what you will about side dishes, but they can carry a meal. Side dishes are important to entertaining as they provide guests with a variety of tastes that compliment the main dish. They can inspire, entertain, and introduce your guests to a new flavor. Below we’ve outlined a few side dishes to turn it up a notch, easy to pair with almost any main dish and sure to please the crowd.
Mashed Potato Souffle
- 8 ounces Farmstead Bacon
- 2 pounds potatoes (any kind)
- 1 cup half and half
- 8 Farmstead Eggs
- 8 ounces Farmstead Emmentaler Cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large skillet, cook Farmstead Bacon until crispy. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate to drain. Discard drippings.
- Boil your potatoes in a large pot with one tablespoon of salt, until potatoes are soft. Drain, then spread onto a baking sheet to dry. Either use a ricer or a fork to smash potatoes in a large bowl.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk half and half with Farmstead Egg yolks, add a teaspoon of each salt and pepper. Add Farmstead Bacon and all but 2 tablespoons of Farmstead Emmentaler. Pour over potatoes, then combine.
- Use the Farmstead Egg whites to beat into soft peaks, then fold into potato mixture.
- Pour into baking dish, add remaining Farmstead Emmentaler, then bake for around an hour. Serve warm.
Cheesy Corn Casserole
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms Whole Milk
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
- 3 cups shredded Farmstead Havarti Habanero
- 10 slices Farmstead Bacon, cooked and crumbled
- salt and pepper
- chopped chives for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix cream cheese, Fair Oaks Farms Whole Milk, heavy cream, flour, paprika, and garlic powder, until evenly combined.
- Fold in corn, 2 1/2 cups of Farmstead Havarti Habanero, and Farmstead Bacon. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into baking dish.
- Sprinkle remaining Farmstead Havarti Habanero on top to taste, then bake for 20 minutes.
- Sprinkle chives on top and serve.
French Onion Bake
- 1 loaf French bread, cut into 1/2-inch slices
- 8 ounces shredded Farmstead Lacy Swiss Cheese
- 1 envelope onion soup mix, prepared according to package instructions for soup
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange sliced bread on baking sheet and bake until bread is dry and crispy.
- Reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Use cooking spray to line baking dish.
- Place half of the sliced bread on baking dish, sprinkle with Farmstead Lacy Swiss then place a second slice on each bottom slice. Pour onion soup mix over bread, then sprinkle with more Farmstead Lacy Swiss.
- Bake around 30 minutes, or until soup has been absorbed and cheese is golden.
Cheesy Mushroom & Broccoli
- 3 tablespoons Farmstead Butter, and more for lining baking dish
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 8 ounces fresh sliced mushrooms
- 1/4 cup chopped onions
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
- 10 ounces frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
- 2 cups shredded Farmstead Calico Cheese
- 3 cups cooked rice
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line casserole dish with Farmstead Butter.
- Over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons Farmstead Butter and flour to create a roux, until medium-beige in color. Add mushrooms, onions, garlic, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, heavy cream, stock, broccoli, 1 cup of Farmstead Calico, and rice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour into baking dish, sprinkle remaining Farmstead Calico on top.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until top is golden brown. Serve warm.