How to Make Quick and Easy Side Dishes Using Tomatoes, Cabbage. Apples, Potatoes, Onions, and Okra

You don’t want to present a beautiful tasty entree and have it fall apart because of the sides you serve with it.  Here are some quick and easy recipes for delicious side dishes sure to add to your meal.  Herbed Baked Tomatoes, Cabbage-Apple Saute, Crusty Potato Wedges, Peanutty Okra, and Golden Onion Rings offer quite a variety to choose from.

3 large tomatoes, halved
3 tbsp unflavored bread crumbs
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil a baking pan. Place tomatoes in pan, cut side up. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; spread on tomatoes. Bake 15 minutes.

1 tbsp canola oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 1/2 lb coarsely chopped cabbage
1/4 cup cider vinegar
3 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute a couple of minutes or until transparent. Add the cabbage and saute 3 to 5 minutes until cabbage is just tender. Add the vinegar, sugar, salt, and apple. Saute another minute or two and serve while hot.

1 lb red potatoes, scrubbed (about 8 potatoes)
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a shallow baking dish with cooking spray. Cut potatoes into wedges. In a large bowl, combine the mustard, paprika, cumin, and salt. Stir to mix well. Add the potato wedges to the seasoning in the bowl and toss to coat potatoes well. Spread the potatoes in a single layer in the prepared baking dish. Leave a little space between wedges so all sides can brown. Bake wedges 20 minutes, turning about halfway through the baking process. Potatoes should be tender and crusty.

1 cup all-purpose baking mix
1/2 cup finely chopped dry-roasted peanuts
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 lb fresh okra, cut into 1/4-inch pieces OR 1 pkg (16-oz) frozen cut okra, thawed
Peanut oil for frying

In a large bowl, stir together baking mix, chopped peanuts, salt and pepper. Add the okra, tossing to coat; gently press the mixture onto the okra.

Pour oil to 2-inches deep in a cast iron skillet or use a deep fryer. Oil should reach 375 degrees. Fry the okra in batches for about 4 minutes or until golden. Drain okra on paper towels on a cookie sheet.

Yield: 4 servings

6 onions, peeled & sliced
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 cup + 2 tbsp flour
1 egg
2 tbsp vegetable oil + oil for frying

Separate the onion slices into rings and place in a large bowl of ice water.

heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour, salt, milk, egg, and vegetable oil. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
Dip a few of the rings at a time into the prepared batter. Drop into the hot grease and fry until golden brown.


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