Help Please. Need ideas for side dishes (easy please) for short ribs
Making a special Valentine's meal (I am a bit nervous never having made short ribs before.) But, I am confident that I can follow a recipe provided by a friend who is fabulous cook.
I would like to serve a nice salad, but what other sides that are simple would a nice pairing?
Great suggestions! To fancy up the mashed potatoes without complicating things, maybe add some mashed celery root. I was going to say Jerusalem artichoke, but those are such a pain to peel.
I've never done swiss chard, but I like pine nuts in other sauteed greens sometimes, for a little texture.
I love polenta/grits with short ribs. And I'd go for a green veggie that will have maintain some texture - like fresh green beans or brussel sprouts.
simple roasted cauliflower is a whole different animal than unroasted. superb with just salt & pepper (so, guilt-free).
plus, you gotta have potatoes.
instead of a salad, i'd like green beans, maybe with a warm lemon vinaigrette, depending on what the ribs are braised with.... (you need some crunch on the plate, so avoid all soft veggies).
Well, _how_ are you braising the short ribs?
Off the top, I'd pick asparagus (good prices right now - just snagged 8 pounds from Fresh & Easy - pencil thin - at 50 cents a pound, last night!)
roasted parnips - any root, really - and be generous in the serving of it, too.
What you're braising the short ribs with would matter in final selection IMHO.
For green side - if not liking long asparagus, or whole green beans - to keep the phallic going - maybe some kale? Kale is _so_ yummy & beautiful right now...
Braise some leeks along with the short ribs. Just about any root vegetables work very nicely added to the braise as well.