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Dec 6, 2004 12:22 PM

Short Ribs - Sides?

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i made a very simple yet delicious short rib recipe last night which was provided from a past chowhound thread (Thanks to Fidelixi).

I am having a dinner party next weekend and want to serve the same dish, and am in the proces of putting the rest of the menu together. What is a nice side to compliment the ribs? We had steamed green beans last night which were nice. How bout a starch? I imagine mashed potatoes? We were also discussing individual ramican's of high-end mac&cheese? Any ideas are appreciated.

Also, an idea for appetizer and appropriate salad would be great! Thanks!


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  1. perhaps a side of creamy, cheesey, buttery polenta may work with the short ribs.

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    1. re: dave

      Yes, polenta, but not too rich, let it absorb whatever sauce the shortribs create. And on the side, broccoli rabe, sauteed in just a touch of olive oil and garlic.

    2. Although there was a phase when it seemed like all rest. were doing this, I made wasabi mashed potatoes for the first time at home the other night to accompany steak.

      OMG, it was so heavenly that I was practically licking up my plate and the cooking pot. It was so easy--just made my usual version of boiled Russets, salt, cream/milk, butter and threw in some Wasabi powder to taste that I purchased from an Asian market.

      To round it out: green beans w/ garlic and caramelized red onions OR wilted swiss chard w/ bacon.

      1. I have served short ribs accompanied by corn cakes/fritters or even hush puppies -

        1. We have often served those with wide egg noodles, simply buttered and parsleyed.
          l also enjoy a marinated cucumber salad with it, with or without sour cream.

          1. I have had a lot of shortribs lately as I have found a reliable source of USDA choice ribs at $1.50/lb.

            I will generally serve them over a wild rice blend with a green vegetable medley of broccoli and cauliflower and maybe carrots.

            If they cut across the bone, I usually prepare them Hawaiian style and serve them with a good macaroni and potato salad. (Don't ask me why that combination but I had it in Hawaii and it really works well.