The essential part of a meal are the side dishes……
The definition of a side dish is: portion of food that is served in addition to the main dish. I don’t know about you, but 99% of a memorable meal are the side dishes.!!!
The sides can save or even replace the main dish. When entertaining a crowd it always seems better to have a varied assortment of sides to compliment whatever is the main dish. This takes a lot of pressure off pleasing everyone.
These 2 inspiring side dishes for your table are basic culinary pairings for professional chefs, but can elevate the normal cooks repertoire..
This leek and potato side dish was inspired by one of my favorite chefs, an Austrian crazy man- (Helmut Karner) I do business with. He’s a fabulous chef who has an innate understanding for comfort food. He is the type of cook you’d want to be with on a survivor episode. It’s always fun to pop in his kitchen at the Ocean Club, FL. to see what he’s cooking. There are always big cauldrons on the stove cooking down interesting legumes, meats, veggies. Roasted pigs resting on the counters before their elaborate preparation. Back to the sides. The potato leek side dish being an ideal side dish for fish/game or to accompany a salad. It’s classic in its preparation, with easily found ingredients.
potato and leek – side dish #1
Simple ingredients rendering comfort flavors. The simplest way to make a house smell lived in – is to sauté onions and leek in a little olive oil. This dish is a good dish to make ahead for those of us who work. I make enough for 2 meals X 2ppl. All I need to do is broil/sear a piece of fish and reheat the potato leek side dish and voila we’ve got a tasty, healthy meal….. There is also some flexibility with this side. I could easily add cauliflower, take out the potato and substitute swiss chard. The method is the same the scenarios are endless.
Cauliflower gratin side dish#2
This side dish is inspired by the Queen of DIY – Martha Stewart. I have to fess up, her recipes are on point and delicious. You can’t go wrong – I got this straight up from her site…. here is the link http://www.marthastewart.com/331773/cauliflower-gratin
There is flexibility in this recipe for pancetta, mushrooms, nuts would be nice in the crust.
leave me a comment…