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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.

            1. The other night I had them served with pureed parsnips - an excellent choice!

              1. Could you please point me to the recipe you used? I looked at your other post and the replies but didn't see one from the poster you referenced.


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                1. re: LisaN

                  it was from back in the days of the general topics board....

                  Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                2. Try them with mashed sweet potatoes with butter, cinnamon and cardamom. Yummy!

                  1. The celery root puree from Daniel Boulud would be excellent on it's own, or as part of the Celery Duo he describes.
                    I have made the puree several times and it is superb.
                    It can prepared ahead and kept ready in a double boiler.

                    Link: http://www.danielnyc.com/recipes/shor...