Side Dish Ideas
I'm having some friends from work over Friday night instead of going to the lame office holiday party. I'm planning on making Giada's pancetta-wrapped pork roast (http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...). Any ideas for a "starchy" side dish? I have the vegetable planned and dessert and everything. I don't want to do just boring mashed potatoes, but need something special. Thanks!
Starchy side dish ideas:
Potatoes gratin/scalloped potatoes (starchy warm goodness)
Roasted potatoes (easy to prep ahead)
Sweet potato fries (for some this would be a twist on the familiar)
Polenta torte (layered polenta dish that can be filled with almost anything)
As long as you've got the oven on I'd just oven roast some mixed fall veggies--winter squash, beets, potatoes would look nice together. Drizzle with olive oil, maybe toss a few sage leaves in there for decoration.
Do you have The Joy of Cooking? For a dinner party the other week, I made a sweet potato and apple side from it. I forget what it was called. Will look it up and let you know. Essentially, you peel and slice about 2 lbs sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Pick a wide heavy nonstick skillet and add some butter and sweet potato (and apple, but I omitted those) slices, followed right after by some orange juice(1/4 c, I think) and brown sugar (2 tablespoons or so). Then you cover and cook until the potatoes are cooked through. Next, uncover and let any juices evaporate, stirring carefully a few times. I let them sit on low undisturbed to brown a little. Can be made ahead and just reheated in the microwave.
I would make lima beans, either the large or small, bake with pancetta or bacon, onion, bell pepper, tomato sauce, and brown sugar. Either crock pot or in the oven for about 4 hours.- Delish.