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Apr 21, 2014 05:17 AM

Double carbs - or carbs with a carb filling... is that wrong?

I tried this unusual combination awhile ago, and really liked it. In short, it's Sardinian ravioli - pasta with a filling of mashed potato, cheese and mint.

I thought it was GREAT (not to mention a traditional dish) - but my partner was all like: "you can't have carbs with a carb filling, that's just wrong"... and he's actually a bit of a carb fiend, so... *shrugs*

Well, I don't know. I've never heard of this "rule"... or is it common sense? Is it nonsense? Is it just the Atkins influence? I have no idea. Do you have an opinion?

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  1. Introduce your friend to the many eaters of Pierogis. Have him tell them they're wrong. They don't use mint, but the rest is pretty much the same.

    There's no rule. It's not even remotely related to common sense. Just your friend's notion of what foods are "right" vs. "wrong".

    1. I have never thought of food, or food choices, in terms of right or wrong.

      1. And once your partner has acclimated to the existence of pierogi, you can bring him to meet the knish.

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        1. re: small h

          And then move on to the cheese, potato & onion pie.

          The mother in law makes a really tasty one, although her pastry making skill stay on the polite side of things, let's just say it's piss poor.

          That said, I do actually prefer it with just the cheese and onion

            1. re: small h

              Indeed. I'd thought it perhaps a bit too esoteric for a mainly "foreign" readership.

              Cheap, supermarket white bread or, better, a barmcake. Buttering it is culturally optionally. Chip shop chips - homemade will be too well made and crispy. Plenty of malt vinegar.

              However, I'll see your chip butty and raise you a meat and potato pie. Similar to the cheese one, except the MiL doesnt cook this so it's all edible.

          1. re: small h

            And then samosas!

            As for is it wrong - cuisines around the world probably aren't wrong. I'm sure every culture has a version of carbs in carbs. It's just not something I would call a balanced meal and be done with it and would serve a salad and another vegetable or two to balance it out (though I have had just pierogi for dinner on numerous occasions).

            1. re: amishangst

              And empanadas--often call for beef and potatoes in the filling.

              1. re: nothingswrong

                And after all that, you have an aloo paratha, which is an Indian flatbread stuffed with spiced mashed potato, cooked with some butter or ghee on a griddle.

                1. re: nothingswrong

                  Which reminds me of the Cornish Pasty.

                1. You are describing culingiones, Sardinian ravioli with a potato filling. They are absolutely delicious. "Wrong" would be not to approach them with an open mind. Next try Roman pizza con le patate, a standard pizza al taglio. And pasta e patate, pasta and potatoes in broth.