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Feb 7, 2011 04:33 PM

Menu help - What do you serve with Mac and Cheese?

I'm organizing a dinner for some dear American friends and want to serve comfort food. Can you please tell me what do you serve with Mac and Cheese?!
Thank you!

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  1. this belongs in the home cooking board - btu i can't help replying since i love throwing mac and cheese/comfort food dinner parties.

    i like to have the theme be comfort food through out - i.e. - food that is familiar and hearty. thick soups (especially clam chowder) are good, as are traditional desserts like apple pie/ice cream, or brownies. if you're feeling up to making your own bread - something like biscuits are fun and not too time consuming

    1. I would balance that out with something light-- mac and cheese is really heavy. A fruit or garden salad, maybe?

      1. Petit peas
        sauteed haricots verts
        salad of baby greens, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, and chevre, with olive oil vinaigrette

        1. I'm from the South where macaroni and cheese counts as a vegetable. :) If you want to serve meat, I would recommend serving with pork chops or oven roasted chicken along with a vegetable like green beans or broccoli. To really impress, try your hand at Southern style biscuits or homemade yeast rolls to round out the meal.

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          1. re: timeforgoodfood

            I served it with tender braised greens and a salad of heirloom tomatoes shallots & sherry vinegar. I think I had seeded flatbreads on the side.


            1. re: LiveRock

              If only heirlooms were in season, that would be perfect. I thought about tomatoes too, but then realized it is February. Love the braised greens.

            2. re: timeforgoodfood

              Thank you for your comment. I usually throw hot dogs at it. I wanted to send it in for a family that is having pregnancy problems and hot dogs just don't cut. My own family will benefit from it also. Many many Thanks.

            3. Ham! I love ham with mac and cheese. And broccoli. But if it was for a big group, I would do ham and a salad since it's easier.

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                1. re: raclette

                  That sounds perfect. The ham really goes with it and a green salad would lighten things up.