Scrumptious side dishes turn a great meal into a culinary masterpiece. With the right side dishes, you can turn even every day fare into a gourmet delicacy. It doesn't matter whether you're eating meatloaf or duck à l'orange, the sides make all the difference. They're easy to experiment with, they add extra nutrients, and they make the meal fun, adventurous, and exciting to the palate. I promise that I've made each of these scrumptious side dishes myself, and they went over brilliantly!
1. Scalloped Potato Gratin
I'll be honest, some of the most scrumptious side dishes aren't necessarily super healthy. Don't worry, I've got a mix, but yeah, my first pick is scalloped potatoes – homemade, though, not those high-sodium discs you buy in the box. This recipe relies on fresh ingredients, and if need be, you can substitute for healthier alternatives. I'll be honest, though, I love these potatoes just the way they are! So creamy, so cheesy, so delicious!
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 sprig fresh thyme
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch thick slices
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for broiling
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a saucepan, heat up the cream with a sprig of thyme, chopped garlic and nutmeg.
While cream is heating up, butter a casserole dish. Place a layer of potato in an overlapping pattern and season with salt and pepper. Remove cream from heat, then pour a little over the potatoes. Top with some grated Parmesan. Make 2 more layers. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Sprinkle some more Parmesan and broil until cheese browns, about 5 minutes.