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What to serve (vegetarian) with mashed potatoes?

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nuttie_cat Dec 26, 2007 08:30 AM

I have a vegetarian friend for whom I will be making mashed potatoes. But I am not sure what to serve it with? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

I am also making a salad. What else do I need to round out my vegetarian meal?

  1. linzertart Dec 26, 2007 11:13 AM

    I assume you are looking for an entree to accompany side (potatoes) and salad? If I understand, I agree with cocktailhour's suggestion for a portabello -- I usually rub mine with seasoning like a steak and then cook caps in a pan with balsamic (about 1/4 cup for 2 large caps) until balsamic reduces. Then melt cheese (something smokey) on top -- it's like having a steak.

    Alternately, Mark Bittman's NYT article a while back with 101 10-minute recipes included an easy tofu prep that would go well with potatoes: coat cubes of extra-firmm tofu in thin layer of flour, pan fry with a little oil (I use Pam), add ketchup and continue cooking in pan until reduced. This would cover your protein element. Of course, there are many ways to prepare tofu; I prefer Asian-style, but that's not a great accompaniment to mashed potatoes.

    1. Richard 16 Dec 26, 2007 09:52 AM

      Tempeh is a largely ignored but vegetarian and delicious food! Simply cube and saute in oil -- dark sesame is great -- and/or in butter if you've got a lactovegetarian there. And goes really well with mashed potatos. Typical tempeh flavorings (for me) include garlic, mustard, and cumin but it's a very versatile Indonesian food.Tempeh is a largely ignored but vegetarian and delicious food! Simply cube and saute in oil -- dark sesame is great -- and/or in butter if you've got a lactovegetarian there. And goes really well with mashed potatos. Typical tempeh flavorings (for me) include garlic, mustard, and cumin but it's a very versatile Indonesian food.

      Tempeh goes well with arame or hijiki sea vegetables. One brand sells the tempeh with it already inside.

      I like to mix roasted corn & garlic and peas into my mashed potatos.

      1. chowser Dec 26, 2007 09:17 AM

        What about something like a vegetarian shepherd's pie? Something along these lines (below) but you could make it really simple if you sauteed portabello mushrooms in tomatoes and onions as a bottom layer, corn above and then mashed potatoes.

        http://www.molliekatzen.com/recipes/r...

        1. c
          cocktailhour Dec 26, 2007 09:12 AM

          something with portobellos. brush mushrooms with olive oil and balsamic and grill. Or dry roast mushrooms in the oven. Or pan saute a variety with shallot and a bit of thyme in butter.

          you could do a fried eggplant in the style of chicken fried steak. (or like eggplant parmesan).

          poached eggs.

          1. j
            jazzy77 Dec 26, 2007 09:09 AM

            When I was a vegetarian, I used to mix spinach and roasted garlic in with my mashed potatoes to make them a bit healthier (I still love them this way), and then serve that with some sauteed zucchini with thyme. If you're going for a bit more rustic you could serve them with some roasted aparagus or roasted red onions/shallots with a balsamic glaze.

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