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Aug 4, 2013 02:37 AM

Menu ideas please - need a main to go with shallot tarte tartin

I have a starter I'm dying to do because it's delicious but for the life of me can't think of a main and sides to go with it.

The starter is shallot tarte tartin. It's a super rich version that you only want to eat once every couple of years so I want a light main to follow. It's also for a weeknight dinner party so I don't want a heavy main that may put the guests into a food coma. Seafood is unfortunately out. Offals are also a no go but all other meats are fine.

I'm in the Southern Hemisphere and it's winter so that influences vegetable choices somewhat. I would like to try and stay with a French theme but am open to suggestions. Please help!

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  1. how about a cobb salad? good combo of veggies and slightly more substantial ingredients; chicken, bacon, hard boiled eggs; all in all delish!

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    1. re: betsydiver

      Given that it is winter there I would have baby lamb chops, roasted apples and sautéed green beans.

    2. How about baby lamb chops with frisee salad, green peas and acorn (or similar) squash?

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      1. re: pinehurst

        i was thinking lamb chops too. :)

        as sides, i'd do roasted green beans with slivered almonds or lemony brussel sprouts or rapini. would probably skip a starch because of the starter.

      2. Thin sliced medium rare beef and a lemony green salad.

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        1. re: sedimental

          Ditto this. And please post the recipe for the shallot tarte tatin; it sounds divine!

        2. Friz - could you not spin it so that the tart becomes the main course, rather than the starter? A savoury tarte tatin makes a centrepiece of extreme loveliness.

          Something meaty then for a starter - pate/rillettes? Or a classic onion soup? Cheese to follow the main and ending with something classically French sweet and gooey, like a brulee?

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          1. re: Harters

            Harters, I think this tarte tatin is too sweet to be the main, but I do have leek tarte tatin recipe that would be perfect for your suggestion. My mouth is watering just thinking about your suggested menu with the leek tarte tatin.

            1. re: Frizzle

              Oh, now ya talking. Leek tarte tatin is wonderful. Maybe with some braised chicory/endive (the cigar shaped veg not the leafy one) to give a little contrasting bitterness?

          2. Assuming there is some sweetness to the shallot tarte tartin--sounds like a fascinating dish; could you indicate a recipe?--my first thought would be a grilled pork chop with a bit of reduction sauce (or slices from pork roast). I think a cool, crispy salad element would also be very helpful.