side dish


Definition of side dish 

: a food served separately along with the main course

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The same goes for his eggplant parmigiana, presented as a side dish. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Leonelli Taberna Opens in NoMad," 19 June 2018 Any leftover salad can be sauteed (in its dressing) and served as a side dish. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "4 recipes from now-closed Terra in St. Helena," 11 June 2018 Serve as a side dish with sandwiches, as an appetizer or as one of the items on a charcuterie plate. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Green and black olives mingle in Elegant Farmer's salad," 21 May 2018 Asparagus cooked this way can stand alone as a side dish or be paired with other ingredients as a first-course salad., "Grilling Asparagus Brings Out Flavor For This Salad," 14 May 2018 This tropical plant quickly became popular in the Deep South both as a side dish and as a thickening for gumbo and stews. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Your Complete Guide To Growing Okra," 21 Feb. 2018 In addition to sweet pies, the menu features savory items such as quiche, chicken potpie, shepherd’s pie, meaty sandwiches, soups and side dishes. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise Pie Co. shows its Southern roots, bakes up delicious desserts," 12 July 2018 Entrees range in price from $9 to $10 and include two side dishes and a piece of cornbread. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's National Fried Chicken Day! See our top staff picks in Louisville," 6 July 2018 In 2017, the club's Feeding the Needy project provided a Christmas dinner of a cooked turkey, six side dishes and desserts for more than 1500 families in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. Elizabeth Moore,, "North Shore Notables: Rotary Club of Covington installs new officers," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of side dish

1702, in the meaning defined above

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