9 Side Dishes Every Home Cook Should Master

Never underestimate the power of a good sidekick

No meal is complete without side dishes, since often sides are the, er, main attraction. There are plenty of options out there, from vegetables to carbs, so we've rounded up the best basic side recipes you should know how to make.

Whether you're an ambitious cook or just starting out, here are nine sides to master.

Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn't love mashed potatoes? They go with practically everything from beef to chicken to fish, especially these red smashed potatoes.

Charred Broccoli

Broccoli is a blank canvas that can handle all different types of spices, oils and herbs. To make an easy weeknight side, check out our recipe for charred broccoli.

Rice Pilaf

Rice pilaf has come a long way since its days occupying space on just about every wedding reception spread. Say "I do" to this cucumber-avocado rice pilaf.

Corn on the Cob

It isn't barbecue season without corn on the cob, so slather it in butter and make it count.

Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus is one of the easiest sides to prepare and is even better when thrown on the grill.

Roasted Mushrooms

This earthy side dish can be prepared a variety of ways, but our favorite is roasting the mushrooms until golden brown.

Glazed Carrots

Carrots are the vegetable that can do it all, but glaze these suckers, and you'll be going back for seconds.

Seared Beans

Adding bright-green or yellow beans to dinner is a quick and healthy option for just about any meal. Try our recipe for seared yellow wax beans with arugula.

Potato Salad

A staple at barbecues and picnics, potato salad is always a crowd-pleaser. Try this warm German version with a tangy Dijon vinaigrette.