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Making brisket, need ideas for easy sides

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I'm making a tomato-based brisket as a treat for the guys who are helping us move this coming weekend (specific request for "bubbe's food" from them.) I need easy make ahead sides so I can round out the meal. One specific - no dairy allowed. Any suggestions?

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  1. Egg noodles, plain and simple. Not make ahead, but easy enough to make at the last minute while the brisket is heating up.

    1. See The Pioneer Woman's recipe for "Crash Hot Potatoes" - she boils whole round red potatoes, puts them neatly on an oiled baking sheet, partially smashes them with a potato masher, drizzles EVOO on top, seasons with salt, pepper and herb - chives or rosemary, then bakes them in a very hot oven until golden, crispy and sizzling. I'm planning on cooking these today, they look amazing, and easy enough to make partially ahead of time. Here's the link:

      http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20...

      1. Baked or mashed potato, rice, wilted greens, fresh green salad are ideas that come to mind. Where I am there is lots of fresh asparagus just now so I'd have that maybe grilled. The hot crashed potato that valerie described are making me hungry. Yummmm.

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        1. re: Alacrity59

          I can't take credit since it was janniecooks that posted the link, but oh my god do those look good!

        2. I always put veggies - carrots, parsnips, new potatoes, onions, etc - in with any brisket or roast while it cooks. The resulting veggies will have all the delicious meat flavor. And its very little work, and clean up is easy because its only one pot.
          Add a green salad and some bread or warm garlic toast and you are set.