20 Sides to Go With Wings

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Vicky Wasik

What’s game day without a big plate of juicy wings? While we have no shortage of wing recipes to choose from, we’re not just going to plop a plate of them on the table and call it a day. In the interest of sparking inspiration and helping plan out a more well-rounded game day (or any day!) table, we’ve put together a list of sides to serve next to the main event. With recipes like crispy onion rings, creamy potato salad, and Korean corn cheese, they might just steal the show!

Perfect Thin and Crispy French Fries

basket of french fries
Vicky Wasik

The McDonald’s–style fries of your dreams can easily be made at home. Employing the double-fry method gives the fries a perfectly crisp exterior.

Classic Potato Salad

Classic potato salad
Serious Eats / Eric Kleinberg

Tangy, salty, and sweet potato salad with a texture that’s simultaneously creamy, crunchy, and fluffy in each bite.

Crispy Baked Potato Wedges

Closeup of a serving plate of roasted potato wedges with a ramekin of ketchup.
Vicky Wasik

Crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, oven fries don’t have to be forgettable.

3-Ingredient Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Photographs: Vicky Wasik. Video: J. Kenji López-Alt

This stovetop mac and cheese uses fewer ingredients than the boxed version but comes together in the same amount of time.

Classic Coleslaw

Liz Clayman

This creamy, tangy slaw stays crunchy thanks to a little moisture management.

Crispy Deep-Fried Jalapeño Poppers

An oval wooden platter holding crispy deep-fried jalapeño poppers and a small bowl of tomato sauce. There is a hand dipping a popper into the tomato sauce, and the periphery of the image contains other snacks, such as pretzels, popcorn, and chips.
Serious Eats / Qi Ai

Fried jalapeño poppers with shatteringly crisp exteriors, and a melted cream cheese filling—what’s not to like?

Foolproof Onion Rings

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

These are the crispiest, lightest onion rings you’ll ever taste, thanks to a mixture of flour and cornstarch mixed with vodka and beer, which limits gluten formation.

Homemade Tater Tots

golden brown tater tots
Vicky Wasik

Making tots from scratch provides the opportunity to customize them with a plethora of flavor combinations.

Extra-Crunchy Potato Chips

A blue ceramic bowl of potato chips on a blue background.
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Potato chips should offer pure, unadulterated, greasy (and we mean that in a good way), salty potato flavor—and this recipe delivers.

Tangy and Creamy Macaroni Salad

Vicky Wasik

This recipe takes the standard macaroni salad and gives it a depth and tang that makes it stand out in a crowd.

Creamy Cucumber Salad

creamy cucumber salad
Lynn Wolsted

A crunchy, creamy cucumber salad made with tahini, lemon, and fresh dill is a refreshing accompaniment to juicy wings.

The Best Caesar Salad

A composed caesar salad in a ceramic bowl on a white stone background.
Diana Chistruga

The crowd-pleasing salad of crisp romaine leaves, crunchy croutons, and anchovy can easily be adjusted to your tastes.

Blistered-Tomato Pasta Salad With Basil

Daniel Gritzer

Here we give classic pasta salad a thoughtful upgrade by cooking the tomatoes just until bursting, so that they release their rich juices into a flavorful sauce that coats the pasta even when cooled.

Homemade Cheez-Its

Vicky Wasik

This DIY version of the classic has a deep, nutty, grilled cheese sort of vibe.

Easy Pull-Apart Pepperoni Garlic Knots


To make an easy recipe even easier, you can use store-bought pizza dough in place of homemade in this crowd-pleasing recipe.

Cuñapes/Pão de Queijo (South American Cheesy Bread)

Vicky Wasik

Cheesy bread goes by many names, but no matter what you call it, we can all agree that it’s absurdly good.

Korean Corn Cheese

Korean Corn Cheese
Vicky Wasik

The savory funk of doenjang and the sharp bite of hot mustard balance the sweetness of corn and richness of melted mozzarella in this classic Korean dish.

Crispy Kimchi Cheese Rice

Spoon holding a portion of the final dish aloft
Vicky Wasik

Turn leftover rice into this crispy-chewy rice that’s made with gooey cheese and finished in a cast iron skillet.

Fried Plantain Chips

Tim Chin

In Central American countries these chips are typically seasoned lightly with salt or chile powder and lime juice, but there’s nothing stopping you from experimenting with additional seasonings.

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