potato side dish for xmas
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.
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.
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.