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DChrissy80 Dec 22, 2008 05:53 AM

I'm making a rib roast with au jus for Christmas, but need ideas on what sides should accompany the main dish. Salad, bread and dessert ideas are also welcome!

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    Janet from Richmond Dec 22, 2008 05:59 AM

    We always have scalloped potatoes and a simple mixed green salad. And crusty on the outside, soft on the inside bread.

    1. greygarious Dec 22, 2008 06:02 AM

      Decadently creamed spinach....if Boston Market is in your area, I'd simplify life by buying pints of theirs, but don't bother with the frozen supermarket version with the BM label. It's very disappointing. Trader Joe's frozen creamed spinach is also quite good, but BM's is better, made with onions and an Alfredo sauce.

      Whipped parsnips with butter and nutmeg....although late winter/spring-dug parsnips are sweeter, so a touch of maple syrup or honey might be needed.

      1. HaagenDazs Dec 22, 2008 06:02 AM

        It's such a versatile main dish I wouldn't worry about trying to match up side dishes the same way I might if I were serving say, fish. With that said, scalloped potatoes, cheese pearl onions, and creamed spinach pop into my head first. Those are all pretty heavy side dishes so maybe go with a strongly flavored, yet refreshing salad. Something like arugula, watercress, or dandelion greens would be nice. Bread is bread... what exactly are you looking for there? With dinner, no matter what it is, I always go after a crusty baguette or something similar.

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          HaagenDazs Dec 22, 2008 06:04 AM

          In a reply to myself - that's pretty funny that 3 people came up with very similar ideas right about the same time. That should help guide you through your selections!

        2. c oliver Dec 22, 2008 07:01 AM

          Cooks Illustrated has a recipe for individual Yorkshire puddings in their Nov./Dec. 2002 issue. Super easy and a fun thing to serve. I'd tried to copy a link but it didn't work. But if you google it, you'll find it easily.

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            northside food Dec 22, 2008 08:01 AM

            I always do garlic mashed potatoes when I make rib roast. You have to have something for the au jus, right?

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              Daniellabelle Dec 22, 2008 09:22 AM

              Agreed...mashed potatoes mashed potatoes mashed potatoes! With lots and lots of garlic and cheese...oh yum. I also always do homemade sourdough rolls (because I'm a carb whore) and then sauteed fresh green beans. Yummy.

          2. capeanne Dec 22, 2008 09:05 AM

            We are having a rib roast as well and sides are 1) 7 herb green salad 2) Roasted root vegetables with gremolata 3) Potatoes rosti ( the latter 2 are from Sunday Suppers) and for dessert chocolate pots de creme ...will start with gougeres and champagne Yummmm

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              Diane in Bexley Dec 22, 2008 11:29 AM

              We are having rib roast on Thursday as part of Chanukah celebration. Serving it with potato pancakes and roasted garlicky cauliflower. Would suggest roasted cauliflower or lemony asparagus, as this is easy to make and everyone loves it.

              1. pitu Dec 22, 2008 02:14 PM

                My mom makes rib roast every year with a side of rigatoni or penne with a basic red sauce. Green salad with a nice homemade oil and vinegar (or fresh lemon, herbs) dressing - nothing creamy. Rolls.
                And horseradish for the roast.

                It's awesome, even when I was a vegetarian . . . .

                1. vickib Dec 22, 2008 02:29 PM

                  I'm having roasted fingerling potatoes with garlic and olive oil, a salad of arugula, tangerines, avocado, and red onion with a lemon vinaigrette, and whatever vegetable looks good midweek. I'm thinking Brussels sprouts, green beans or broccoli. I'll steam them, then dress with lemon and olive oil. Caramel cake for dessert.

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                    DChrissy80 Dec 23, 2008 09:32 AM

                    Thanks for all of the answers. How much would a rib roast cost? I've been given $50. Is that enough? Should I consider a rib eye roast?

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                      c oliver Dec 23, 2008 09:45 AM

                      How many people are you serving? I can easily serve four with a two rib-ber. I'm seeing bone-in rib roasts here in NoCal for $5/# so you could do a lot of "damage" for $50. I'm not sure I know the difference between a rib roast and a rib eye roas.

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                        DChrissy80 Dec 23, 2008 09:51 AM

                        3 adults and one child.

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                      FriedClamFanatic Dec 23, 2008 09:42 AM

                      DChrissy, in the Philly area, Giant and Genuardis (Safeway) have rib roasts on sale at $4.99/lb, so you should be set

                      As for sides, I do a twice baked potato. Also are caramelized pearl onions. I used the jarred ones rinsed, with butter, brown sugar and a little Paul Prudhommes Vegetable Magic or Lawry's Season Salt. Sometimes a splash or so of port if I have any handy. Then something green. Serve popovers in a basket.

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                        Bratdawg Dec 23, 2008 09:59 AM

                        I saw a recipe for roasted potatoes - small red potatoes tossed with olive oil and rosemary and garlic and salt. Served with a lemon aoli. (Mayo, lemon zest) It was a Rachel Ray recipe and it looked wonderful!

                        You might also look for something like lemon orzo or a risotto. That'd be great too.

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