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Help tonight's menu - dish to go with long-cooked pork shoulder

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I've got a 6 pound pork shoulder in the oven (stuffed with garlic, parsley, thyme, and sliced lemons, in the big Le Creuset for 8 hours)and need a dish to go with it. Was thinking potato gratin - but that is also long, slow cooked.... What would you make with this?

Also on the menu: salad with walnut oil vinaigrette, navel oranges and candied walnuts

Thanks!

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  1. I'd just go with something simple-- steamed broccoli with lemon and butter, or green beans. If you're interested in something fancier, there was a Fine Cooking recipe a few months with pan roasted green beans dressed with olive oil, lemon, toasted pignoli, and shaved parmesan.

    1. Sweet potato chips and Brussels sprouts with rosemary! A little crunch and a little bitter to balance the pork and the sweet salad.

      1. do chowhounds use canned beans in a pinch? if so, have some navy beans or some other white bean as a starch.

        i like to have braised cabbage with pork. i've always made a simple southern-style fried cabbage dish. i tried to make some jamaican style cabbage not too long ago but failed miserably. i'm gonna have to work on that!

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        1. re: hitachino

          Absolutely! I like my beans well-cooked anyway (NEVER al dente!), and they are one of the few foods where canned is a very acceptable substitute for fresh.

        2. sweet and sour red cabbage and scalloped potatoes - both take an hour and are really good with pork ( I'm predjudiced - that was my dinner tonight)

          1. Steamed brocolli and macaroni and cheese, along with a dollop of homemade applesauce and cornbread. Actually any green vegetable, but the brocolli is yummy next to the creamy cheese goo.