Complementary. Supplementary. Additional. Side. All words used to describe the food that sits on the outskirts of our plates – the potatoes that surround our steak and the corn that edges our burgers and dogs. But is that truly fair? Don’t they deserve better?

They do. Because a side alone is no longer a side. It is its own dish, that can stand tall and will be there for you in your time of need. So let’s take a moment to appreciate six foods from the outskirts of Plateville that deserve their own run in the center of town.

Want more ideas on how to make a side dish worth filling a plate with? Click here or go to the Taste of Home Cooking Demonstration at Webster Bank Arena March 12th. There will be samples. Yum.

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Curried Corn on the Cob

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Your corn is sick and tired of being relegated to a world of only salt and butter. You know it. We know it. Corn knows it. Be the change you want to see in your food and make your corn into a bold and flavorful experience no one will soon forget.

Curried Corn on the Cob Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Bacon ‘n’ Cheese Stuffed Potatoes

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When you find yourself standing in front of a pile of potatoes, your mind races with possibilities. Should you mash? Should you fry? Stop. There is only one choice. Bake them, hollow them out, then cram them full of bacon-y, cheesy, potato-y goodness. Nothing else is worth your time.

Bacon ‘n’ Cheese Stuffed Potatoes Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Tortilla Dressing

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Ah yes, “tortilla dressing.” Between you and whoever is looking out for your health, this is just a wholesome side dish meant to mix up your usual routine. Between you and us, this is just a fancy way to say “nachos.” It’ll be our little secret.

Tortilla Dressing Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Family-Favorite Baked Beans

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We all know the rhyme about beans: “Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart, the more you eat, the more satisfaction you’ll have in your life in general because these beans will make everything bleak in your life into a sparking ray of sunshine.” At least, that’s how we remember it.

Family-Favorite Baked Beans Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Deep-Fried Onion with Dipping Sauce

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Every steakhouse in the country is serving this dish and for some reason you haven’t figured out to make it quite as good. Well stop standing there scratching your forehead because we’ve just solved that problem.

Deep-Fried Onions with Dipping Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Barbecue Green Bean Bake

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When the cashier at the grocery store rings up your green beans, he’ll giving you a smirk that says, “Stuck eating vegetables tonight, huh?” What he doesn’t know is that the bacon he just scanned is going all over that green stuff. You’re no dummy and he should know better than to think you are.

Barbecue Green Bean Bake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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