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Side dishes

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    Potato Gratin

    While potato gratin might seem like a fussy dish, this recipe makes it totally simple. First of all, the food processor does the hard work of shredding the cheese and…

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    Eggplant in Tomato Sauce

    Though eggplant is relatively delicate, it pulls in the flavor of whatever it’s cooked with, in this case garlic, fresh herbs, and tomatoes. Salting eggplant in advance is an optional…

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    Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic and Anchovy

    This rich mash works well as a side, but my favorite way to serve it is heaped on crostini for a robust nibble.

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    Braised Broccoli Raab with White Wine and Garlic

    Think of this as the Italian version of “potlikker” greens—broccoli raab, simmered on the stovetop with lots of garlic, wine, extra-virgin olive oil, and spicy pepper flakes. The dish actually…

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    Oven-Braised Celery Hearts with Pancetta

    Minced celery is an essential flavor base for many soups, stews, and sauces, but sometimes, this aromatic vegetable deserves to be the star of the show, as it is here,…

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    Slow-Cooked Green Beans with Olive Oil, Salt, and Vinegar

    Though this dish doesn’t cook as long as some other slow-cooked Italian vegetables, it takes the green beans past the usual crisp-tender and lets them cook until fully softened. It’s…

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    Slow-Cooked Swiss Chard and Potatoes

    This classic side dish hails from Abruzzo. I grew up eating it and still make it often because it’s so soothingly good. I love it as a side to roast…

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    Roasted Chestnuts and King Oyster Mushrooms with Herbs

    This super-simple side makes a fabulous addition to a holiday feast. If you can't find king oyster mushrooms, you can substitute shiitakes.

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    Green Beans with Miso and Sesame Seeds

    Savory miso butter adds quick umami flavor to simple roasted green beans. Serve Steamed Sea Bass, topped with sesame seeds if you like, or serve with roast chicken or seared steak.

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    Roasted Radicchio with Balsamic and Blue Cheese

    This simple but festive side pairs beautifully with roast beef, making it a perfect element of a holiday meal.