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Dec 22, 2005 12:14 PM

potato side dish for xmas

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Anybody have a potato side dish recipe? We're having a vegetarian to dinner (one of 6 guests) and so I don't want to roast spuds with the standing rib. I'd like it to be a casserole-type deal (he's not a vegan).

The rest of the menu is a salad with fuyu persimmons and greens/arugula, a vegetable and a celery parsley relish that my sister is bringing.

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    Janet from Richmond

    We always have cheesy scalloped potatoes with our beef tenderloin for Christmas dinner.

    1. If you want a lighter potato casserole (no creamy or cheesy sauce) how about a potato, onion and leek gratin (pommes boulangere)? In a large skillet, melt 2 T unsalted butter, add 2 small onions(or 1 large) finely chopped, and the whites of 3 leeks (cleaned well!), finely chopped, cook until soft but not browned(about 10 min). Add 2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and very thinly sliced (I use a mandoline), and mix well. Add a cup of chicken stock, a cup of dry white wine, fresh or dried tyme, and salt and pepper. Cook, covered, about 15 min. Transfer to a gratin dish, and bake at 375 until the potatoes are golden on top, and most of the liquid evaporates, about 45 min to an hour.

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      1. re: Marge

        This sounds delicious, though you will want to use a vegetable or mushroom broth in place of the chicken broth for your veggie friend. Veggie stomachs can tell the difference...for days!

        1. re: Dev

          OOOPS!! (Duh....) Thanks for pointing that out! Vegetable broth should work!

      2. how about roasted potatoes? They might be even easier than a casserole.
        What I've done in the past is to cube up sweet potatoes, quarter some onions, & peel some garlic, toss it all in olive oil, salt & pepper, and throw it in the oven (covered) for 30-40 minutes at around 375-400 degrees. You can also add interesting herbs like rosemary and thyme.
        It's really a nice change from the normal oversweet sweet potato casserole--which isn't actually vegetarian if it's got marshmallows. Marshmallows almost always contain gelatin, which is made from bones/collagen.
        Also, I think the roasted potatoes would work equally well with regular white/yukon gold potatoes, if that's what you've got on hand.

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        1. re: Cassie

          oops, I also meant to say...roast them in a separate dish. Then it should be vegetarian-friendly. It's really nice of you to make something for your veggie friend.

        2. The SF Chronicle cookbook (vol 2) has a potato-shallot-(dried)porcini gratin that is absolutely delicious. It may still be on their website: I'll be making it for our veg guests.