Coming up with new and exciting dishes can be tough when you’re used to making the same meals on a regular basis. There’s no harm in admitting that sometimes you need some inspiration to get your creative juices in the kitchen flowing!
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Whether you’re new to experimenting in the kitchen or consider yourself a seasoned professional when trying out and making new foods, you can never have enough recipes.
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A large contributing factor to making a meal is side dishes, as they help turn a primary ingredient into a main meal.
You want to make sure that side dishes accompany the main component of a meal regardless of the type of cuisine and whether it is a meat, pescatarian, or vegetarian option.
Changing up your side dishes is essential to keeping your favorite meals exciting.
This way, you never get fed up with eating the same dishes over and over again and you have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different ingredients and new flavors.
In addition to side dishes, learning and experimenting with different appetizers is great for those special occasions when you’re planning an entire evening around food, such as for a dinner party. Try ground sausage in your dinner party recipes. Nice.
The importance of a good appetizer is second to none, as it gets your guests excited for what’s to come and sets the tone for the entire meal. Start your evening off right with some delicious appetizers!
No matter how full you think you are after dinner, you always have a second stomach when it comes to dessert.
Although having dessert is a treat that you shouldn’t necessarily have on a daily basis, it’s still nice to try out different flavors to make the experience even more special on those occasions where you do indulge!
To provide you with some inspiration and to help you in the kitchen, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to side dishes, appetizers, and desserts.
From filling and fresh side dishes, to mouthwatering appetizers and decadent desserts, this guide is packed full of dishes that are perfect for any occasion.
If you tend to stick to the same old recipes, you might even get to try something you’ve never tried before and find some new favorites to incorporate into your weekly schedule.
If you ask any foodie, discovering new favorites has got to be one of the most exciting parts about experimenting with new foods in the kitchen!
Before we get started, there are a few things to go over in terms of equipment. If you’re already a big lover of cooking, then it’s likely that you’ll already have a number of cooking utensils at your disposal.
That being said, there are a few basics that everyone should invest in to make for a breezy cooking and baking experience. After all, a person is only as good as their tools!
You’ll generally have a much easier time of it if you have the correct cooking utensils. Not only will you be able to cook more efficiently and quickly with the right utensils, but you will also enjoy the process much, much more.
Namely, you can’t underestimate the importance of a sharp, good quality chef’s knife when preparing any dish. Trust us on this one, have you ever tried chopping an onion with a blunt knife? It’s no fun.
Chef’s knives are the best around, and tend to stay sharper for longer because of this. Having one good knife that you can prepare all your meals with is a Godsend.
In addition to a good knife, you will also benefit from a large chopping board. Aim to get a solid wooden chopping board, as plastic chopping boards have a greater tendency to warp over time.
You will also want to make sure that you have a decent selection of cooking pans at your disposal, which should include a saucepan, a frying pan, a wok, and an oven safe skillet. This should cover the majority of bases. Remember, great air fryer recipes are your friend.
Don’t forget to invest in plenty of tupperware for your leftovers, as this will make batch cooking and reducing your food waste a lot easier.
A good quality hand mixer is always a convenient tool to have in your kitchen, and saves your arm a lot of trouble! In addition to this, a blender is great for recipes such as soups, sauces, and smoothies and works in place of a food processor for a variety of different dishes.
Other equipment that you’ll find useful are things such as measuring cups and spoons, which are incredibly helpful when it comes to baking anything as measuring cups allow you to be precise.
After all, baking is a science! As well as measuring cups, you will also want to ensure that you have a good quality cake pan on hand.
Now we’ve gone through a few of the basics, it’s time to get creative in the kitchen. Keep reading for a variety of delicious recipes for side dishes, appetizers, and desserts that are bound to impress!
Foods that begin with various letters of the alphabet
Inspiration can take many forms, recipes, television, social media, etc. Sometimes looking a simple list of food can enlighten and inspire. With that in mind, here's a handy list of foods by letter of the alphabet:
- Foods that start with the letter A
- Foods that start with the letter B
- Foods that start with the letter C
- Foods that start with the letter D
- Foods that start with the letter E
- Foods that start with the letter F
- Foods that start with the letter G
- Foods that start with the letter H
- Foods that start with the letter I
- Foods that start with the letter J
- Foods that start with the letter K
- Foods that start with the letter L
- Foods that start with the letter M
- Foods that start with the letter N
- Foods that start with the letter O
- Foods that start with the letter P
- Foods that start with the letter Q
- Foods that start with the letter R
- Foods that start with the letter S
- Foods that start with the letter T
- Foods that start with the letter U
- Foods that start with the letter V
- Foods that start with the letter W
- Foods that start with the letter X
- Foods that start with the letter Y
- Foods that start with the letter Z
I hope you find those lists interesting and delicious. Let us know if we should add other options to those lists.
Side dishes are an absolute staple for many meals, and can alleviate any recipe when cooked right.
Below are side dishes that work well with a variety of different meals and cuisines. From various meats, to seafood, to gluten-free, and vegetarian, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect side dish for your recipe!
Side Dishes For Chicken
Chicken is one of the most commonly used meats in a variety of cuisines. The great thing about chicken is how versatile it is as an ingredient, and how well it pairs with a variety of different side dishes! These also work as side dishes for fried chicken.
Take creamy mashed potatoes, for instance. It doesn’t get much more classic than mashed potatoes as a side dish for chicken as they have a contrasting creamy texture that simply melts in the mouth. You may also need a tasty alternative for chicken broth.
Mashed potatoes are hearty and satisfying without taking anything away from the main event!
If you prefer your potatoes roasted, for a quick, mid-week side dish, oven-baked potato wedges are nothing short of heavenly. Not only are they a crowd pleaser, but they also take no time at all to prepare! Make sure you check out side dishes for barbecue chicken.
You could also opt for French fries, which is the perfect option when you’re looking to make a satisfying take-out fake-out recipe that is somewhat healthier for you!
Who said broccoli had to be boring? If you want to bring some green to the plate, lemon and garlic broccoli is a super fresh side dish. Alternatively, you could opt for a raw broccoli salad for an extra crunch.
If you’re a big fan of roasted vegetables, you could always opt to pair your chicken with a delicious sweet potato salad. Roasted sweet potato in a salad makes for an unusual yet tasty side dish that is perfect on the side of grilled chicken.
Sweet potato is hearty and brightens up any dish with its gorgeous orange color! Alternatively, you could try using honey & rosemary roasted carrots for a super sweet side dish that has a similar effect!
Mac & cheese is the ultimate week-night meal, and when paired with chicken, sparks fly.
For a super indulgent side that is sure to please several tummies, a generous helping of mac & cheese is an inexpensive yet truly delicious side dish. Not only is it a classic, but it also pairs perfectly with the chicken due to the rich, creamy sauce!
Side Dishes For Salmon
Eating fish instead of meat can make a nice change during the week, and there are several side dishes that work with salmon that will get your taste buds excited.
Roasted potatoes are a classic side dish for salmon. With a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior, when sprinkled with flavorful herbs these golden nuggets of goodness make a great side for salmon. Some people use tarragon as the herb, but I prefer a tarragon alternative due to taste.
It’s safe to say that most side dishes for salmon are equally good as side dishes for scallops.
For an Asian-inspired meal that is packed full of bright colors, Asian coleslaw is a delicious side dish to pair with salmon.
This side dish features crunchy cabbage, and brings sweet and salty flavors that are a delight to eat! Alternatively, you could opt for baby bok choy that has the delicious combination of flavors from soy sauce, ginger, and garlic.
Salmon is quite a fatty fish, so pairing it with something acidic such as lime juice or lemon juice helps to cut through the fat while providing it with a delicious zingy and fresh flavor.
Cilantro lime rice is a great recipe to pair with roasted salmon. If you want something more simple, you could also opt for plain basmati rice or long grain jasmine rice! Give our easy Asian recipes a try.
Alternatively, you could opt for a delicious lemon pasta side dish that is packed full of flavor and is super satisfying to eat with your salmon.
It doesn’t get much simpler than adding greens to a plate of salmon, and garlic butter green beans are no exception. Alternatively, you could opt for tender stem broccoli or a fresh garden salad to lift the salmon without overpowering its delicate flavors.
Roasted asparagus with lemon-garlic butter is another fresh vegetarian side that couldn’t be easier to prepare, and is perfect for spring!
Side Dishes For Ham
Ham is a beautiful meat that works well with a variety of different fresh and hearty ingredients.
Another great side dish for ham is actually pineapple rings! Ham is a salty and fatty meat, so pineapple offers the perfect combination of sweet and zingy flavors to cut through it.
Pair it with some thick cut fries, and you have a dish that is similar to the typically British dish, gammon, pineapple, and chips. You could even add an egg on top to make it feel more authentic to this British classic.
You might be wondering how many times potatoes will be suggested, but you can’t beat the classic combination of ham with mustard mashed potatoes.
When creamy mashed potatoes with a kick from hot mustard are paired with a roasted ham joint, magic happens.
You can’t beat roasted vegetables with a joint of roasted ham. Whether you’re roasting honey glazed carrots, parsnips, or And you have a deliciously warming and filling meal for the colder months.
Ham is great to eat hot straight from the oven, or cold when you inevitably have leftovers. For a fresh side dish to eat with your ham when it’s cold, potato salad is absolutely delicious.
With fresh and zingy flavors from the onions and celery, and a creamy sauce, potato salad can be prepared ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until ready to serve cold.
If you’re looking for another side dish that is great to have cold, homemade coleslaw works perfectly with ham. The texture is crisp and crunchy, while adding a creamy sauce to pair perfectly with cold ham slices.
Another super fresh side for ham is lemon couscous. Pair it with a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and some fresh parsley, and you have yourself a delicious meal!
Gluten-Free Side Dishes
It can be tricky to think of gluten-free meals if you’re new to the lifestyle change or are simply hosting a gluten-free guest, especially when it comes to gluten-free side dishes.
If you’re looking for a super fresh gluten-free side dish for the summer, why not opt for a Greek salad? This salad is super crunchy, because of the bell peppers, red onions, cucumber, olives, and tomatoes, it’s super colorful, too! Delicious.
Roasted vegetables are a classic gluten-free side dish, but when picking veggies to roast, make sure you pick ones that take the same time to cook. A variety of root vegetables are always going to work together, whereas other veggies can take less time!
Cauliflower gratin, also known as cauliflower cheese is a super indulgent side dish that is also gluten-free! This super cheesy dish isn’t the healthiest, but it sure is delicious when you feel like you’d like to indulge.
Hasselback potatoes are another delicious gluten-free side dish that provides any recipe with a nice crunch. When cutting these potatoes, simply use a guide such as a chopstick to ensure that you don’t go all the way through.
Side Dishes For Beef
Beef is another super popular meat, and can be paired with many different side dishes that complement its flavor.
In the UK, roast beef is popularly paired with Yorkshire pudding, a rich and savory pudding. It’s the perfect accompaniment to beef, along with gravy, roasted vegetables, and horseradish sauce.
If you fancy something super rich, you could opt for scalloped potatoes that have been layered with butter, onions, and milk for a crispy and creamy result!
Maple glazed carrots are a delicious accompaniment to beef. These carrots are sweet, buttery, and rich, whilst providing a balance to the tender roast beef.
It doesn’t get much more classic than roast beef with roast potatoes. The combination of crispy and fluffy potatoes is the perfect combination with roast beef and works to soak up all of the delicious juices and gravy.
Whether you love them or hate this polarizing food, you can’t deny that Brussel sprouts are a typical side dish to serve with beef. Make sure you check out what to serve with meatloaf too. It goes well with brats in the oven.
Side Dishes For Pork Chops
We’ve already spoken about ham, but what about side dishes for another popular cut of pork – the pork chop.
Pork chops are great to serve with hearty ingredients, such as warm dinner rolls. Fluffy dinner rolls are rich, buttery, and work to enhance the flavor of pork chops. Alternatively, you could opt for a Southern twist and bake some crumbly cornbread.
Pork and apple are a love story as old as time. As a fairly fatty cut of meat, pork chops therefore work beautifully with the acidity of apples.
Fried apples provide the delicious combination of sweet and sour flavors that cut right through the fat of pork chops. Fried apples are zingy, fresh, and will make you fall in love with pork chops all over again.
If you’d like to bring an Asian twist to your side dish, why not pair your pork chops with vegetable fried rice? Chuck in your favorite veggies, mix with an egg, and you’ll have a hearty side dish full of goodness.
Vegetarian Side Dishes
When you follow a vegetarian diet or are hosting a vegetarian guest, it’s important to have some delicious vegetarian side dishes in your back pocket that are a force to be reckoned with. These ones are sure to deliver!
Parmesan asparagus is a match made in heaven, and is a full proof recipe that you’re sure to love. This dish feels super indulgent while still being fairly balanced and is super easy to make!
Keeping in line with the green theme, green peas with mind are a super refreshing side dish that can alleviate any meal.
Beet salad is a super fresh and colorful addition to your plate! Beets are not only packed full of vitamins and minerals, but are super flavorful and make any veggie dish an exciting one.
Corn on the cob is an absolute classic of a side dish, and brings a sweet crunch to a variety of different meals. Corn on the cob can be boiled either in plain water or for a really creamy result, milk and butter.
Sweet potato fries make a nice change to standard fries, and are great to pair with several spices for different flavor combinations that can range from spicy to sweet to smoky. Delicious!
Appetizers are a hugely important component of a meal, especially when you’re planning an evening that centers around food such as a dinner party.
Appetizers On A Stick
If you’re looking for fun, easy appetizers, then appetizers on a stick are an all-round winner.
Grilled shrimp skewers are a delicious appetizer, and can be left to marinate until you’re ready to stick them on the grill. In terms of flavor combinations, you can’t go wrong with a lemon and garlic marinade! It's a great pre cooked shrimp recipe too. Though I find it more of a zesty side for shrimp. Shrimp are always welcome in our house and are a tasty weekend dinner idea.
For a fresh, sweet and savory appetizer, why not go for fruit and cheese kabobs with croissant croutons?
You’ll have the buttery richness from the croissants, while the fruit provides a sweetness and tartness that can cut through the fat of the cheese and croissant! A perfect combination.
Antipasto skewers are a popular appetizer in Italy, and it’s easy to see why! Place cooked tortellini, olives, Havarti and mozzarella cheeses, salami, and grape tomatoes on the skewery and dig in.
For a simple, yet delicious appetizer, pesto tortellini skewers are always a crowd favorite.
With fresh pesto-marinated tortellini, mozzarella balls, pepperoni, and grape tomatoes, they have everything you need for a full Italian meal in one bite!
Cooking for people with dietary intolerances can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never had to cook gluten-free before.
However, catering for a gluten-free diet just means finding creative ways to experiment with wholefoods without the gluten.
Deviled eggs are a super rich, satisfying and creamy appetizer. Simply scoop out the yolks of hard boiled eggs, mix with mayonnaise, and place them back into the egg whites.
If you’re trying to impress your dinner guests, sprinkle them with plenty of smoked paprika before serving.
If you’re looking for an appetizer that is both sweet and salty, then sweet potato bites are a great option. Creamy avocado and salty bacon sits on small rounds of baked sweet potato for a healthy yet filling appetizer.
Caprese skewers are a delicious, fun take on a caprese salad and are entirely gluten-free. They’re made with mozzarella balls, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of tangy balsamic glaze. A bite of salad on a stick!
With more and more people opting for a vegetarian diet, it’s good to have some vegetarian appetizers up your sleeve that are just as delicious without meat or fish.
Hummus is tangy and creamy and is a great addition to any appetizer platter. It also couldn’t be easier to make! Simply blend together chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil, and spices.
Dip in and enjoy!
Italian tomato salad is an excellent appetizer for celebrating simple wholefoods. It's a great side for lasagna. Marinate your sweet cherry tomatoes in a mixture of olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, onions, basil, parsley, sea salt, and garlic and experience the magic! I've even seen folks use an apple cider vinegar alternative as the marinade. This is also an easy side dish for lamb chops.
For a super fragrant and buttery appetizer, you can’t go wrong with classic garlic bread. The key to this recipe is picking a good quality butter, your guests will thank you!
When you have dairy-free or vegan guests, it can be tricky to know what to cook.
If you’re looking for a seafood appetizer, bang bang shrimp are a crowd favorite that are entirely dairy-free! Crispy and golden brown with a sweet chili dipping sauce, you really can’t go wrong.
If you want something super fresh, mango salsa is a sweet and spicy appetizer that is sure to impress your guests. It’s made with chopped mango, jalapeno, red onion, and fresh cilantro for a fruity and zesty dip!
For a casual, spicy appetizer, you could always opt for jalapeno poppers. Vegan cream cheese is mixed with garlic and onion then spooned into crunchy jalapeno halves. This appetizer is spicy, sweet, and crunchy for a super satisfying start to any meal.
Home to pizza, pasta, and lasagna, you can’t ever go wrong with Italian appetizers!
Bruschetta is a classic Italian appetizer, and is made out of tomatoes mixed with fresh basil and topped onto crusty bread. Delicious!
If you want a super simple Italian appetizer, then focaccia is a no-brainer. With a crispy exterior, and a soft center, there isn’t anything better.
Creating an antipasto platter is the perfect Italian appetizer. Ingredients such as salami, olives, and cheese are used for a super simple start to your meal!
Asia is full of a variety of delicious foods that have become hugely popular all over the world.
Sweet and spicy soy glazed edamame is delicious for any Asian-inspired meal. When coated with a sweet and spicy glaze with all of the umami flavors, they’re impossible to resist!
Spring rolls are a crispy, deep-fried appetizer that are super fragrant and packed full of goodness! Serve with a sweet chili dipping sauce for a super yummy flavor combination.
It doesn’t get much more tasty than chicken satay with creamy peanut sauce. Juicy, tender meat is spiced to perfection for the perfect appetizer! Also check out our tasty Indian side dishes.
If you’re looking for an Indian appetizer packed with spices, vegetable pakoras are a super yummy option. They’re light, crispy, deep-fried Indian snacks that are made with a variety of different vegetables. Tasty!
There’s nothing quite like finishing off a delicious meal with a decadent dessert, and having multiple dessert options that you can easily whip up is essential! After all, they’re the best part of a meal for a lot of people!
Let’s face it, we all live incredibly busy lives and don’t always have the time to spend baking to our hearts content in the kitchen.
For the times when we’re in more of a rush, no-bake desserts are the happy medium for some super indulgent results!
What’s better than chocolate pie? Easy no-bake Hershey’s chocolate pie. This pie uses an oreo crumb crust, with a melted chocolate and Cool Whip filling. Delicious!
Did someone ask for a super refreshing dessert that can be made in minutes? Pink lemonade popsicles are zingy, sweet, and the perfect dessert to cool you down on a hot day.
If you’re a nut lover, no-bake peanut butter pie is a total no-brainer. All the ingredients get blended together in a food processor and poured onto the graham cracker crust for a decadent dessert.
If you’re looking for desserts that are sure to brighten anyone’s day, then rainbow desserts are the way to go! Plus, the kids will absolutely love them.
Cosmic brownies are a nostalgia trip. These fudgy, gooey brownies are super easy to whip up at home, and are covered in beautiful rainbow chips that are sure to remind you of being a kid!
For a healthier dessert, rainbow fruit kebabs are a delicious dessert without a tonne of processed sugar. To make a rainbow, you’ll need strawberries, mango, pineapple, apples, kiwis, blueberries, and blackberries.
As a quick, last-minute sweet treat, rainbow donuts are the way forward. Not only do they look fantastic with their rainbow-colored glaze, but their sweet flavor is bound to stick a smile on your face!
If you’re in a rush, rainbow bit cake mix cookies are another winner. Simply combine the ingredients, chuck in some more rainbow sprinkles, and you’ll have cookies fit for a unicorn! Try easy no bake cookies.
White Chocolate Desserts
When it comes to desserts, it doesn’t get much better than the rich, sweet, and creamy flavors of white chocolate.
If you’re looking for a white chocolate dessert that is always going to impress, then white chocolate blondies are truly irresistible. With a sweet, mouth-watering taste and fudgy consistency, you won’t be able to stop at just one!
White chocolate raspberry swirled cheesecake is a decadent, baked cheesecake. The fact that it is baked makes it super dense and creamy, you won’t be able to get enough.
If you’d prefer something lighter, white chocolate mousse is to die for. This fluffy, light dessert is creamy and each spoonful simply melts in the mouth.
When you think of summer desserts, you think of fresh fruit, bright colors, and delicious flavors, and these cakes sure do deliver on that assumption!
It doesn’t get much more summery than fresh strawberries, so you’re bound to love a sweet fresh strawberry cake! Top with whipped cream for a super indulgent dessert.
Nothing screams summer quite like citrus fruits do, and this lemon raspberry cake is another super fragrant and delicious dessert. Tuck in with a hot cup of tea and you’re sure to make this one again.
Fresh berry cream cake is the cake of all cakes when it comes to the summer season. Light sponge sandwiches a layer of fresh blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries along with fresh cream. Need I say more?
If you’re a fan of lemon, lemon blueberry buttermilk cake is the cake you’ve been waiting for. It’s soft, moist, and has a cream cheese frosting that is heavenly.
Winter is a time of indulgence, especially when the night’s begin to draw in and you want nothing more than to curl up inside with a book and a hearty dessert.
It isn’t the winter season without a classic gingerbread cake. It is moist, rich, and wonderfully spiced with ginger, cloves, and cinnamon.
If you’re on the hunt for a quick dessert that is super easy to whip up, this no-bake oreo cheesecake is the dessert for you. Cream cheese peppered with oreos sits upon a buttery, oreo base.
Simply bash the oreos with a rolling pin or use a food processor for a super fine crumb. Heavenly!
Sticky toffee cake features dark brown sugar, dates, and black treacle for a truly indulgent result. You may only need a small slice of this cake, but it sure is a winner!
Pecans are a classic sweet treat around the holidays, so why not try making butter pecan cake? It’s rich, buttery, and is all topped off with a cream cheese frosting!
Low-Carb Keto Desserts
When you make the switch to a keto diet, it can feel limiting until you realise you can make desserts that are low-carb and keto-friendly!
Keto cheesecake is a super yummy dessert, and is primarily made out of cream cheese, keto-friendly yogurt, and your favorite sugar substitute such as stevia.
Keto chocolate mousse is a quick and easy dessert that can be whipped up with a hand-mixer in under 10 minutes!
Featuring creamy whipping cream, cocoa powder, and a sweetener of your choice, this is indulgence at its finest on a ketogenic diet.
To cool down on a hot day, keto ice cream is rich and creamy and only requires four ingredients – coconut milk, salt, your chosen sweetener, and vanilla extract. Low-carb and delicious! You can also use it for homemade Starbucks drinks.
If you’re a fan of peanut butter, then keto peanut butter balls will be right up your street.
They’re almost like a healthy truffle! They only require three ingredients, and are a no-bake recipe. Simply mix, roll, refrigerate and enjoy!
Just because you’re vegan, doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all of the fun desserts, and these recipes are proof of just that!
Vegan brownies are incredibly simple to whip up and will result in a traditional brownie crust and fudgy center. Simply use a butter substitute, leave out the eggs, and it’s fit for a vegan!
Vegan fudgesicles are on another level of indulgence. Featuring rich coconut milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, you need only whip them in a bowl before pouring them into popsicle molds to freeze. You’ll want to use a strainer so there are no lumps.
If you’re looking for a low-fat vegan dessert, then this vanilla pudding is the perfect recipe for you. This pudding is made of dairy-free milk and cornstarch for a silky smooth texture.
You can also try adding a little vegan butter for a more decadent finish.
Thailand is home to some of the world’s most delicious tropical desserts.
If you’re looking for a refreshing dessert on a summer’s evening, why not try your hand at Thai coconut ice cream? It’s sweet tropical flavor is super fresh, and creamy.
Thai mango coconut pudding is another delicious dessert, made from mango puree, coconut milk, and gelatin. Silky smooth in texture, you’ll absolutely love Thai mango coconut pudding.
Mango sticky rice is arguably the most famous dessert of Thailand, so it wouldn’t be right not to give it a mention! Tasty white rice is drizzled in a rich, creamy coconut sauce with fresh mango pieces. Yum!
While the Irish are famous for many things, Irish desserts are up there!
Chocolate Guinness cake is a rich, dark chocolate sponge made with Guinness and is a winner for stout and chocolate lovers alike. Traditionally, the icing is made with sour cream, confectioner’s sugar, and a dash of Guinness. Don’t knock it until you try it, this cake is world-class!
For a hearty dessert, you can’t go wrong with Irish bread and butter pudding. It’s filling, warming, and goes brilliantly with a generous helping of vanilla custard.
If you enjoy apples, there’s nothing like an Irish apple cake to finish off a meal with. Combining sweet sponge cake with the acidity of apples, it’s a match made in heaven.
You haven’t lived if you’re yet to try Vietnamese desserts!
Pandan waffles are a popular street food snack in Vietnam that are chewy and fluffy in texture and full of pandan and coconut flavors. Top them a drizzle of condensed milk and your guests will wonder why they’ve never tried them before!
Fruit cocktail is a super simple dessert to whip up, and Vietnamese fruit cocktail packs a punch! Traditionally, it is made of tropical fruits, coconut milk, chewy jellies, red rubies, and coconut meat for a truly tropical eating experience.
If you’re looking for a dessert that is fun and fresh, banana tapioca is a delicious one to serve in the summer. It has a creamy banana and coconut flavor, and it’s also naturally dairy-free!
There you have it, the ultimate guide to side dishes, appetizers, and desserts! Next time you’re struggling to come up with ideas, you have plenty of inspiration to draw upon.
Whether you eat meat, are pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan, or follow a ketogenic diet, this article has provided a wealth of information on a variety of different recipes for you to try. There’s something for everyone!
While some of these recipes are healthier than others, life is to be enjoyed and is all about balance. From celebrations to weekly routines, you have a tonne of recipes to choose from and incorporate into your lifestyle should you choose to.
Good luck and happy cooking!