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Sides for Standing Rib Roast

I know Yorkshire pudding is traditional, but I'd really rather serve Montrachet/garlic mashed potatoes and peas with pearl onions. (I'm planning a very light French onion soup before and small salad after the main course, and then, dessert.) Is it imperative to have roasted potatoes with a roast? Is it gauche to have mashed ones?

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  1. mashed and meat is an excellent in tradition in/of itself. definitely do the mashed. wonderful textural contrast for the roast & peas

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    1. re: JenMarie66

      Thank you for the encouraging words! I sometimes think I might trust my instincts too much; it's reassuring to hear that I haven't missed the boat.

    2. I am making spoonbread as a starch served with mushroom gravy. Great stuff and wonderful with roast beef.

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      1. re: Candy

        Candy: Do you have a recipe for the spoonbread? Much appreciated.

        1. re: onefineleo

          Sure do.

          1 C. cornmeal ( I use Indian Head which is very fine and white)
          3 C. milk
          2 Tbs. lard, melted
          3 eggs, well beaten
          1 tsp. salt
          3 tsp. baking powder

          Oven 450 F
          Butter a 2 qt. casserole and set aside.

          COmbine cornmeal. 2 C. milk and melted lard in a saucepan over medium heat and bribng just to a boil, stirring constantly.

          Blend the well beaten eggs with the remaining cup of milk. Add to the cornmeal mixture and blend well. Add salt and baking powder and mix well. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake about 25-35 mins until puffed and browned. Serve with lotso f butter and gravy.

          1. re: Candy

            Thanks so much, Candy. I appreciate the time you took to give this to me, esp with all that's going on. Happy Holidays.

            1. re: onefineleo

              Just hope you like it as much as I do. Merry Christmas!

      2. And I'm going with a potato and white cheddar gratin with our rib roast on Monday. Sons have asked for lobster tails too...oooeee!...so I'll be grilling those little devils...the vegetable will likely be....????... maybe asparagus but definitely a dark green salad.

        1. i'm doing yorkshire pudding, brussels, scalloped oysters and grapefruit/orange/avacado salad

          1. Good mashed potatoes go with everything from PB&J to Standing Rib Roast. Gauche is overcooking that great piece of beef.

            Enjoy.