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Which would go better with my dinner?

QueenB Apr 19, 2007 03:23 PM

Barefoot Contessa's "Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic" is tomorrow night's meal.

Which would go better?
Mushroom gnocchi with butter and thyme
Mashed taters with fresh herbs

I could also do something else with potatoes, since I've got some in the cupboard. I don't want to run out to the store.

Your opinion?

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    mojoeater RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 03:24 PM

    I'd go for the taters.

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      chickstein RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 03:25 PM

      I vote for the mashies. But then I think the world would be a better place if more peopele ate more mashed potatoes.

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        ricepad RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 03:28 PM

        Yet another vote for mashed potatoes. Then again, I'd have mashed potatoes with many different entrees. I love mashed potatoes.

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          AnnaEA RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 03:31 PM

          The potatoes. They'll have a better attitude about being second fiddle to the chicken, and be good with all the yummy chicken sauciness.

          The gnocchi sound delicious, but maybe a little too much character to play side dish.

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          1. re: AnnaEA
            maria lorraine RE: AnnaEA Apr 19, 2007 07:18 PM

            Absolutely in agreement with AnnaEA. Smashed taters.
            Serve the gnocchi with something else -- they sound terrific.

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              C. Hamster RE: AnnaEA Apr 20, 2007 09:35 AM

              I also agree for the same reason. The gnocchi sounds like it would make a great entree itself with a big salad and some yummy bread and cheese.

            2. hotoynoodle RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 04:29 PM

              i vote parboil the spuds, cut them and roast them.

              1. QueenB RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 07:33 PM

                Mashed taters it is!

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                  valerie RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 07:37 PM

                  Her Parmesan Smashed Potatoes are to die for. Parmesan cheese, butter, sour cream and half and half...they are sinfully good.

                  1. jinet12 RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 07:58 PM

                    Definitely "taters"

                    1. PamelaD RE: QueenB Apr 20, 2007 09:22 AM

                      Do you have cornmeal?
                      I love soft polenta (with parmesan or goat cheese stirred in) with roasted chicken.

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                      1. re: PamelaD
                        QueenB RE: PamelaD Apr 20, 2007 09:28 AM

                        I do, but I want something I can walk away from. I made polenta once and it was wonderful, but seemed like a lot of work.

                      2. jfood RE: QueenB Apr 20, 2007 03:22 PM


                        Gotta help my bud and hope not too late. Taters for sure, the chicken has a wonderful sauce from the garlic and the taters will absorb that on the plate. The gnocchi with the butter will fight it .

                        Biy i love 40-clover chicken. Gotta let us know if its better than Beard's

                        1. geminigirl RE: QueenB Apr 20, 2007 03:25 PM

                          Taters is my vote too. Also, if you have leftovers I just learned this trick for tater cakes - 2 cups leftover mashed, one large egg, 2 tbsp flour, S+P - combine all and fry in a little oil/butter till well browned!!

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                            jfood RE: geminigirl Apr 20, 2007 03:35 PM

                            oy, half latke half roti

                          2. QueenB RE: QueenB Apr 20, 2007 06:43 PM

                            My friend jfood, and all of the rest of you 'hounds who helped me out...
                            The chicken was awesome. The only issue that I had was that I whisked the sauce a bit too vigorously, and those tender garlic cloves disintegrated right into the gravy. Not that it was a bad thing. Oh no, that wonderful roasted garlic flavor permeated the entire sauce. Oh so heavenly, though I missed eating the whole cloves.
                            The taters were perfect. I seasoned them with a mixture of fresh herbs from the garden. Perfect with the sauce.
                            You were all right. The gnocchi would have been completely overwhelmed.
                            Thank you all so much!

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