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Christmas Side Dishes

The protein for the main course is a mustard and herb crusted rack of lamb with a port wine demi. I usually make a fingerling potato and brussels sprout hash to go with it but I want to change it up this year. Any suggestions on a starch and green vegg?

asked by Tony S almost 2 years ago
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luvcookbooks

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added almost 2 years ago

Roasted broccoli w Marcona almonds and smoked paprika, on the site. Maybe a potato gratin? I make spicy mashed sweet potatoes, v popular, w ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, mustard, hot pepper flakes, if you want to go lighter. No dairy, a little olive oil to hold everything together. Mashed w olive oil and garlic. Greens... Many elegant recipes on the site. I like spinach and mushroom duxelles w lamb.

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luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

added almost 2 years ago

Roasted broccoli w Marcona almonds and smoked paprika, on the site. Maybe a potato gratin? I make spicy mashed sweet potatoes, v popular, w ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, mustard, hot pepper flakes, if you want to go lighter. No dairy, a little olive oil to hold everything together. Mashed w olive oil and garlic. Greens... Many elegant recipes on the site. I like spinach and mushroom duxelles w lamb.

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added almost 2 years ago

How about Greek roasted potatoes with fresh lemon juice and Greek oregano, and a good Olive oil. For a green side, sauté fresh spinach with pine nuts and golden raisins or Southern Living's Orange Romaine salad.

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ChefJune

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added almost 2 years ago

I'd like something to soak up that port wine demi -- maybe some mashed potatoes or polenta? How about sauteed Swiss chard with onions and garlic for the green veg.

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amysarah

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added almost 2 years ago

For years I did roast beef - usually either prime rib or tenderloin - with a port wine reduction (been changing it up lately, but it was sort of the tradition.) Homemade spaetzle, browned with sauteed mushrooms was a big fave with that sauce - I think it would be great with roast lamb too. Alternately, rice pilaff with sauteed onions and mushrooms is also a good sauce-catcher, and less work. Green beans (thin haricots verts if available,) lightly steamed, then sauteed with sliced almonds always feels festive, in a nice old school way.

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Kristen W.

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added almost 2 years ago

Luvcookbooks, your spicy sweet potatoes sound delicious! Do you have set measurements on the ingredients or do you just wing it? If you have measurements, care to share?

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added almost 2 years ago

If you're looking for a potato dish, a really simple way to make your mashed potatoes amazing is to bake them whole first, then scoop out the middles and mash with cream and butter. This way they don't absorb any water during cooking and will be fluffy and rich.

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added almost 2 years ago

Farofa.Brazilian's first choice on starch...it's made out of yuka meal with sauté onions and garlic.You can use butter or olive oil,or chopped bacon.There are lots of variation,you can add eggs(scramble them in the onion/garlic mix before you add the yuka),or banana slices(after the yuka)...To go with the Brazilian theme,slice some kale really fine(make a roll with the leaves) and just sauté them for 2 min, in olive oil and garlic.Merry Xmas.

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added almost 2 years ago

Sonali's mashed potatoes with caramelized onions is delicious. So is sdebrango's haricots verts and cherry tomato warm salad.

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added almost 2 years ago

ATK has a wonderful roasted beet and carrot salad that is delish as a side to beef! You can make it early in the day and let it sit on the counter at room temp.

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added almost 2 years ago

ATK has a wonderful roasted beet and carrot salad that is delish as a side to most any meea! You can make it early in the day and let it sit on the counter at room temp. In the same collection they have a roasted green bean and tiny red potato salad.